The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2011 Reading Series continues in March with events featuring Colson Whitehead, author of Sag Harbor (March 3), and Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story (March 24). 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, March 3, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Colson Whitehead
Sag Harbor (Anchor), Colson Whitehead’s most recent novel, was published to critical acclaim in 2010.
Friday, March 4, 5 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour: New York Launch of the Best Canadian Poetry
The event features guest editor Lorna Crozier and contributors to The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010 (Tightrope Books). Hosted by series editor and poet Molly Peacock, the evening is co-sponsored by Tightrope Books.
Friday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading Series: Fiona Maazel, 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. Fiona Maazel’s debut novel was Last Last Chance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008); she has just finished work on her new novel, Woke Up Lonely.
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street
Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Poets in Conversation—Joanna Klink
Joanna Klink’s most recent poetry collection is Raptus (Penguin, 2010). She will be in conversation with Alice Quinn. The event is co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.
Friday, March 11, 5 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation—Emily Barton
Emily Barton’s second novel, Brookland, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006; she is at work on her third novel. Barton will be in conversation with Darin Strauss, novelist and NYU faculty member whose recently released memoir is titled Half a Life (McSweeney’s Books, 2010).
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart’s newest novel, was released by Random House in 2010. Shteyngart, who has also authored Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, will be introduced by author Darin Strauss.
Friday, March 25, 5 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour: Poetry in Translation
Slovenian poet Ales Steger’s most recent publication is The Book of Things (BOA Editions, 2010), translated by Brian Henry. He will be introduced by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and poet Matthew Rohrer.
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Matthew Rohrer and Anthony McCann
In April 2011, Wave Books releases Anthony McCann’s new collection, I ♥ Your Fate. Matthew Rohrer’s new book of poems, Destroyer and Preserver, is due from Wave Books in April 2011.
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.