The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2012 Reading Series begins with events featuring Mark Strand, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999 (February 2), PEN/Faulkner Award winner Nathan Englander (February 23), and others. 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 Spring 2012 Reading Series is available here.
Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Aleksandar Hemon
Aleksandar Hemon’s most recent book is Love and Obstacles: Stories (Riverhead Books, 2009), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Hemon is the 2012 Distinguished Fiction-Writer-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program. He will be introduced by Jonathan Safran Foer, a Collegiate Professor and Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence.
Friday, January 27, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman
Joshua Beckman’s newest poetry collection is Take It (Wave Books, 2009). He also recently co-translated, with Alejandro de Acosta, Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade (Wave Books, 2011). Beckman will be introduced by poet Deborah Landau, director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program.
Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Mark Strand
Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Strand reads from his new collection, Almost Invisible (Knopf, 2012).
Friday, February 3, 5 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Alice Albinia and Karan Mahajan
Alice Albinia’s debut novel, Leela’s Book, is new from W. W. Norton (January 2012). Family Planning, Karan Mahajan’s debut novel, was published by HarperCollins in 2008.
Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m.
One Story Presents
The evening will feature readings by contributors to One Story: Seth Fried’s debut story collection, The Great Frustration, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2011; Bruce MacHart’s most recent book is Men in the Making: Stories (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011); and Claire Vaye Watkins’s story collection, Battleborn, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. The event is hosted by editor Hannah Tinti and co-sponsored with One Story.
Friday, February 10, 5 p.m.
Literary Legacy: A Talk on Craft
This event features poets Mark Doty and Tracy K. Smith in a conversation about craft with Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. The event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Jo Ann Beard and Krys Lee
Jo Ann Beard’s novel, In Zanesville, was published by Little, Brown in 2011. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Krys Lee is the author of a debut collection of stories, Drifting House (Viking, 2012).
Friday, February 17, 2–4 p.m.
Poetry and Visual Arts Roundtable
Six artists who use both text and image in their poetry discuss the merging of two media into one art form. Featuring Sommer Browning, Mark Leidner, Mahendra Singh, Bianca Stone and Paul Tunis. The event will be moderated by Matthea Harvey.
Friday, February 17, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Simon Armitage and Campbell McGrath
British writer Simon Armitage’s most recent books are The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation (W. W. Norton, 2011) and Seeing Stars: Poems (Knopf, 2011). Campbell McGrath’s new collection of poetry is In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco, 2012).
Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation: Nathan Englander
Nathan Englander, winner of a PEN/Faulkner award, reads from his highly anticipated new story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Knopf, 2012). In conversation with Darin Strauss, a faculty member in NYU’s Creative Writing Program.
Friday, February 24, 2-4 p.m.
Reading and Conversation: Translating the Poetry of Leah Goldberg: Annie Kantar
Translator Annie Kantar reads from With this Night (University of Texas Press, 2011), Leah Goldberg’s final collection of poetry. A significant figure in contemporary Hebrew literature, Goldberg was awarded the Israeli Prize shortly after her death in 1970. Kantar will be introduced by poet Phillis Levin.
Friday, February 24, 7 p.m.
Washington Square Launch Party
The event will feature readings by contributors to the new issue of Washington Square, the national literary journal produced by graduate students in 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.