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NYU’s Creative Writing Program to Feature Sharon Olds, Lewis Lapham, Inauguration Poet Elizabeth Alexander, and more at March Events

February 10, 2010
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The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2010 Reading Series continues in March with events featuring author Sharon Olds (March 4), Lewis Lapham (March 24), who leads a roundtable discussion on creativity, and poet Elizabeth Alexander, who composed and recited “Praise Song for the Day” at the inauguration of President Barack Obama (March 31). Events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House at 58 W. 10th Street, unless otherwise noted. Subways: F, L, V (6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street). All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit

Thursday, March 4, 7p.m.

Poetry Reading: Sharon Olds, Matthew Dickman, and Michael Dickman

Sharon Olds is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Dead & the Living, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent book is One Secret Thing. Matthew Dickman is the author of All American Poem, which won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. His twin brother, Michael, published his first book of poems, End of the West, in 2009.

Friday, March 5, 7 p.m.

The Emerging Writers Reading Series

Patricia Smith, Guest Author

The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the students of the NYU graduate Creative Writing Program, and features established writers as special guests. Patricia Smith is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes, most recently Blood Dazzler, one of NPR’s Top Five Books of 2008. Note venue: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street.


Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch is the author of eight books of poetry, including Wild Gratitude, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His new book is titled The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (Knopf, March 2010).


Friday, March 12, 5 p.m.

Alumni Reading: Ishion Hutchinson, John Murillo, January Gill O’Neil, and Sung J. Woo

NYU Creative Writing Program alumni read from newly published books.

Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m.

Lapham’s Quarterly: A Panel on Creativity

Lapham’s Quarterly editor Lewis Lapham moderates a discussion about creativity with composer Vince di Mura, poet Yusef Komunyakaa, and painter Joan Snyder. The event is co-sponsored by Lapham’s Quarterly.


Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Fiction Reading: Rawi Hage

Novelist Rawi Hage is the author of Cockroach and De Niro’s Game, which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


Friday, March 26, 5 p.m.

Poetry Reading: April Bernard and Gardner McFall

April Bernard’s fourth collection of poems is Romanticism (W.W. Norton & Co.). She is also the author of a novel and numerous cultural essays. Gardner McFall is the author of two books of poems, most recently Russian Tortoise.


Wednesday, March 31, 7 p.m.

The New Salon: Poets in Conversation

Elizabeth Alexander, who composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, has published five books of poems including American Sublime, one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.” The event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. In conversation with Alice Quinn, executive director of the Poetry Society of America.


Editor’s Note:

The NYU Creative Writing Program, among the most distinguished programs in the country, is a leading national center for the study of writing and literature. The undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an opportunity to develop their craft while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today. The Creative Writing Program occupies a townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers--established and emerging--to share their work in an inspiring setting. For more, visit


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