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NYU’s Creative Writing Program to Feature Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Winner Jorie Graham, and Others in May

April 19, 2011

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2011 Reading Series concludes in May with events featuring Yusef Komunyakaa (May 5), Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham (May 13), and the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop (May 7). 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

Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.

NYU Faculty Reading by Yusef Komunyakaa and Chuck Wachtel

Yusef Komunyakaa’s newest collection of poems, The Chameleon Couch, was recently published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Chuck Wachtel’s most recent novel, 3/03, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2010.

Friday, May 6, 5 p.m.

Friday Happy Hour Reading: Ann Hood, Paul Lisicky, and Alix Kates Shulman

The Red Thread, released by W.W Norton & Company in 2010, is Ann Hood’s most recent book. Paul Lisicky’s novel The Burning House (Estrucan Press) is out in May. Alix Kates Shulman’s most recent title is To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed, a memoir published in 2008 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Lisicky and Hood teach in the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Friday, May 6, 7 p.m.

Emerging Writers Reading Series with Guest Poet Nick Flynn

The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Nick Flynn’s new collection of poems, The Captain Asked for a Show of Hands, was published in early 2011 by Graywolf Press.

Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Saturday, May 7, 3-5 p.m.

NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Reading with Guest Poet Yusef Komunyakaa

The NYU Veterans Writing Workshop, founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, welcomes recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to participate in free weekly creative writing workshops led by NYU teaching fellows. The year-end event will feature war-veteran writers reading original poems and stories.

Wednesday, May 11, 4-6 p.m.

Goldwater Hospital Project Reading with Guest Poet Matthew Rohrer

The heart of the Goldwater Hospital Writing Project is a weekly creative writing workshop led by NYU fellows for the Golden Writers, a group of long-term Goldwater residents with severe disabilities. The year-end event will feature the Golden Writers reading original poems.

Note location: Jurow Lecture Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East

Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Jorie Graham and Carol Muske-Dukes

Sea Change (Ecco, 2008) is Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham’s most recent book of poems. Carol Muske-Dukes will publish a new collection of poems, Twin Cities (Penguin), in June 2011. 

Friday, May 13, 5 p.m.

Friday Happy Hour Reading: NYU Alumni Reading

This event features alumni reading from newly published books: Beth Bosworth, Sam Cheuk, Megan Harlan, Jennifer L. Knox, Ada Limon, Matthew Pitt, Ruth Irupe Sanabria, and Jason Schneiderman.

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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NYU’s Creative Writing Program to Feature Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Winner Jorie Graham, and Others in May

The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2011 Reading Series concludes in May with events featuring Yusef Komunyakaa, pictured above, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham.

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