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NYU’s Creative Writing Program to Feature Meghan O’Rourke, Lydia Davis, and Others in September

August 9, 2011

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2011 Reading Series opens in September with events featuring  Meghan O’Rourke (September 8) and Lydia Davis (September 30). 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 (14th Street/6th Avenue); 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 A complete schedule of the Fall 2011 Reading Series is available here:

Thursday, September 8, 7 p.m.

Reading and Conversation: Meghan O'Rourke (with Deborah Landau)

Meghan O’Rourke’s most recent book is The Long Goodbye: A Memoir (Riverhead, 2011). A new collection of poems, Once, is due in October 2011 from W.W. Norton & Company. Deborah Landau is the director of the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Friday, September 9, 7 p.m.

Poetry and Fiction Reading: Jesse Ball, Ben Lerner, and Craig Morgan Teicher

Poet and fiction writer Jesse Ball’s new novel, The Curfew, appeared from Vintage in summer 2011. Poet and writer Ben Lerner's first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. Craig Morgan Teicher, who teaches in the NYU Creative Writing Program, is most recently the author of Cradle Book (BOA Editions Ltd., 2010).

Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.

Coffeehouse Poets: Elaine Equi and Anne Waldman

Elaine Equi’s most recent book is Click and Clone (Coffeehouse Press, 2011). Equi teaches in the NYU Creative Writing Program. Anne Waldman’s newest book, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, was published this year by Coffee House Press.

Friday, September 16, 5 p.m.

Happy Hour Fiction Reading: Susanna Kaysen and Rachel Sherman

Susanna Kaysen is the author of the bestselling memoir Girl, Interrupted (Vintage, 1994). Her most recent book is The Camera My Mother Gave Me (Vintage, 2001). Rachel Sherman’s debut novel, Living Room, was published by Grove Press in 2009.

Friday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Emerging Writers Reading Series: Tracy K. Smith, Guest Author

Tracy K. Smith’s latest collection of poetry is Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011). The Emerging Writers Readings showcase the graduate students of the NYU Creative Writing Program and feature established writers as special guests. 

Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Monday, September 19, 12:30 p.m.

Lunch Poems: Robin Robertson and Jeffrey Yang

Scottish poet Robin Robertson reads from his new book The Wrecking Light (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). Jeffrey Yang’s second poetry collection is Vanishing-Line, out this fall from Graywolf Press. Lunch will be served following the reading.

Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.

The New Salon: Poets in Conversation--Dana Levin (with Alice Quinn)

Dana Levin’s most recent collection of poetry is Sky Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2011). The conversation will be moderated by  Alice Quinn; this event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

Friday, September 23, 7 p.m.

2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Reading

The Rona Jaffe Foundation provides support to women writers in the early stages of their careers.

Friday, September 30, 7 p.m.

Fiction Reading: Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis was released by Picador in 2010. Davis’s previous book, Varieties of Disturbance: Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007) won the National Book Award.

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 Meghan O’Rourke, Lydia Davis, and Others in September

The NYU Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2011 Reading Series opens in September with events featuring Meghan O’Rourke (September 8) and Lydia Davis (September 30).

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