The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2010 Reading Series continues in April with events featuring André Aciman (April 1) and Tom Perrotta (April 23). 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 www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu.
Thursday, April 1, 7 p.m.
“Paris Review Fiction Salon”: André Aciman and Kenneth Calhoun
André Aciman is a memoirist, novelist, and essayist whose works include Call Me by Your Name, his debut novel; Out of Egypt, a memoir; and the recently published Eight White Knights. His story “Monsieur Kalashnikov” first appeared in The Paris Review. Kenneth Calhoun’s stories have appeared in Fence, Fiction International, and The St. Petersburg Review, among others. His story “Nightblooming” appeared in the summer 2009 issue of The Paris Review. Hosted by Paris Review Editor Christopher Cox.
Friday, April 2, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: David Lehman
David Lehman is a poet, writer, editor, and teacher. His recent works include the 2009 edition of The Best American Poetry—Lehman is the series editor—as well as Yeshiva Boys, a book of poetry, and A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs.
Saturday, April 3, 7 p.m.
West 10th Reading and Reception
Celebrating the publication of the newest issue of West 10th, NYU’s undergraduate literary journal, the event will feature readings by students and guest contributor Todd Hasak-Lowy.
Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading and Discussion: The Asian American Avant-Garde
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Jennifer Hayashida, and John Yau
Three pioneers of experimental Asian-American poetry read and discuss their work, with an introduction by Ken Chen, executive director, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
“The New Salon: Fiction Writers in Conversation”
Alexander Chee, author of the novel Edinburgh, is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In conversation with author Darin Strauss.
Friday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Poetry Reading
R. Dwayne Betts, Raina Leon, and January Gill O’Neil
R. Dwayne Betts is the author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison. His collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, will be published this year. Raina Leon’s first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols, was a finalist for the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize. January Gill O’Neil is the author of Underlife, a collection of poems. The event is co-sponsored by Cave Canem, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that aims to cultivate the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.
“The New Salon: Fiction Writers in Conversation”
Rachel DeWoskin, Jennifer Gilmore, and Shannan Rouss
Rachel DeWoskin is the author of two books, most recently the novel Repeat After Me, and a memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing. Jennifer Gilmore is the author of Golden Country. Her second novel, Something Red, is due from Scribner in April. Shannon Rouss’ first collection of stories is titled Easy for You (Simon & Schuster, 2010). Hosted by author Darin Strauss.
Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.
“The Emerging Writers Reading Series”
Tom Perrotta, Guest Author
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the students of the NYU graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. April’s guest author is Tom Perrotta, who has penned six novels, including The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children.
Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
“The New Salon: Poets in Conversation”
2009 MacArthur Fellow Heather McHugh is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Upgraded to Serious. In conversation with editor and poet Rob Casper. The event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.
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 .