The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2011 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring poetry readings and debut writers. 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 www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu. A complete schedule of the Fall 2011 Reading Series is available here.
Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Chris Martin and Gerald Stern
National Book Award winner Gerald Stern’s “Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992” was published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2010. Chris Martin’s latest book is Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011). Introduced by poet and NYU faculty member Matthew Rohrer.
Thursday, October 13, 7 p.m.
Debut Fiction Reading: Teju Cole, Anna Solomon, and Rebecca Wolff
Teju Cole’s debut, Open City: A Novel, was published by Random House in 2011. Riverhead Books released Anna Solomon’s first novel, The Little Bride, in September. Fence editor Rebecca Wolff’s debut novel, The Beginners (Riverhead, 2011), follows three published poetry collections.
Friday, October 14, 5 p.m.
Happy Hour Poetry Reading: Cave Canem Fellows
Derrick Weston Brown, Aracelis Girmay, and Kevin Simmonds
Derrick Weston Brown is the inaugural Poet-In-Residence of Busboys and Poets and the author of Wisdom Teeth (Busboys & Poets/PM Press, 2011). Aracelis Girmay’s new book of poetry, Kingdom Animalia (Boa Editions, Ltd., 2011), was awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. Poet, composer, and performance artist Kevin Simmonds is the author of Mad for Meat (Salmon Poetry, 2011). The popular Friday Happy Hour series features readings and refreshments on select Fridays at 5 p.m.; this event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Friday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading Series: Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Special Guest
Mohammed Naseehu Ali’s debut collection of stories, The Prophet of Zongo Street, was published by Harper in 2006. The Emerging Writers Readings showcase the graduate students of the NYU Creative Writing Program and feature established writers as special guests.
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street
Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Garrett Hongo
Garrett Hongo’s newest collection of poetry, Coral Road, was published in 2011. His other collections of poetry include The River of Heaven (1988), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Yellow Light (1982). Hongo will be introduced by Pultizer Prize-winning poet and NYU faculty member Yusef Komunyakaa.
Friday, October 28, 5 p.m.
Happy Hour Reading and Conversation—VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts
Readings by VIDA’s board members Erin Belieu, Barrie Jean Borich, Kekla Magoon, Cate Marvin, Danielle Pafunda, Susan Steinberg, Cheryl Strayed, and Ann Townsend. The popular Friday Happy Hour series features readings and refreshments on select Fridays at 5 p.m.; this event is co-sponsored with VIDA.
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.