The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2011 Reading Series commences in January and February with events featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham (January 27), Zadie Smith (February 2, RSVP required), and Walter Mosley (February 25). All 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, M (6th Avenue/14th Street); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street). All events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu.
Thursday, January 6, 6 p.m.
Poetry Slam: 10 Years/100 Poets/100 Poems
Hosted by Nick Flynn and Gerry Gomez Pearlberg
Writers from the AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC) writing workshop gather to read their poems in celebration of the group’s 10-year anniversary. ASCNYC is a non-profit organization at the forefront of the effort to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to HIV testing, treatment, and care. The event is co-sponsored by AIDS Service Center NYC.
Thursday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Michael Cunningham
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham’s most recent novel is By Nightfall (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010). Cunningham, who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Hours, will be introduced by poet Marie Howe.
Friday, January 28, 5 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour Reading: Danielle Evans and Karen Russell
Danielle Evans’ debut book of short stories, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, was recently published by Riverhead Books (2010). Karen Russell’s first novel Swamplandia!, which follows her debut collection of short stories, is due from Random House in February.
Wednesday, February 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
New Books: Zadie Smith in Conversation with Wells Tower
This event celebrates the announcement of Zadie Smith as New Books columnist at Harper’s Magazine. R.S.V.P. by calling 212.420.5722 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is co-presented with Harper’s Magazine.
Note location: NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South, Fourth Floor (at LaGuardia Place)
Thursday, February 10, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Poets in Conversation—Major Jackson
Holding Company: Poems is Major Jackson’s most recent collection (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010). In conversation with Deborah Landau; co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.
Friday, February 11, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading Series: Molly Peacock, Guest Author
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Poet and writer Molly Peacock publishes her newest book, The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, in March 2011 (Bloomsbury USA).
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street
Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Pearl Abraham and Hannah Tinti
Pearl Abraham’s newest book, American Taliban, was published recently by Random House (2010). Hannah Tinti’s novel, The Good Thief, appeared in 2008 from The Dial Press.
Friday, February 18, 5 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour: Three Writers from Four Way Books--Megan Staffel, Monica Youn, and C. Dale Young
Megan Staffel’s latest book is Lessons in Another Language: A Novella and Stories (2010). Monica Youn’s most recent book of poems, Ignatz, was a 2010 National Book Award Finalist. TORN, C. Dale Young’s new book of poems, is due in 2011.
Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation—Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace releases his latest novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, from Picador in February 2011. Stace is also known by his musical stage name, John Wesley Harding. In conversation with Darin Strauss, novelist and NYU faculty member whose new memoir is titled Half a Life (McSweeney’s Books, 2010).
Friday, February 25, 5 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour Reading: Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley’s highly anticipated novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, was published by Riverhead in fall 2010.
Saturday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Washington Square Literary Journal Party
Celebrating the Winter/Spring 2011 issue, the reading will feature contributors to Washington Square, the national journal edited by graduate students of the NYU Creative Writing Program.
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 www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu.