The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2012 Reading Series concludes in May with events featuring Anne Carson (May 10-12), Philip Levine, the Poet Laureate of the United States (May 5), 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.
All events, with the exception of “Nox” (May 10-12), 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. Subways: F, L, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).
A complete schedule of the Spring 2012 Reading Series is available here.
Thursday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Reading & Conversation: Karl Ove Knaussgaard
The celebrated Norwegian author Karl Ove Knaussgaard reads from his new title My Struggle: Book One, due from Archipelago Books in May. He is a winner of the 2009 Brage Prize, the 2010 Book of the Year Prize in Morgenbladet, the 2010 P2 Listeners' Prize, and the 2004 Norwegian Critics' Prize and was nominated for the 2010 Nordic Council Literary Prize.
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Heidi Julavits and Jesmyn Ward
Heidi Julavits’s new novel is The Vanishers (Doubleday, 2012). Jesmyn Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA, 2011), won the National Book Award for fiction.
Friday, May 4, 5 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Reading
Alumni writers with recently published books gather on one stage for an extraordinary evening of readings. Featuring: Matthew Cariello, Fran Castan, Sheela Chari, Joanne Diaz, Rashad Harrison, Marcus Jackson, Austin LaGrone, Laren McClung, Jillian Medoff, Ann Napolitano, Stephanie Stiles, Michael Vizsolyi, and Barry Wallenstein. The event is hosted by author and NYU alumnus Maaza Mengiste.
Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.
The Emerging Writers Reading Series--William Johnson, Guest Author
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and feature established writers as special guests. Idaho poet William Johnson’s latest book is Dogwood (Limberlost Press, 2010).
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street
Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Ruth Stone Memorial Tribute Reading
Featuring: Toi Derricotte, Sandra Gilbert, Philip Levine, Gerald Stern, Abigail Stone, Bianca Stone, and Michael Wiegers
This event features special guests reading from the work of the late poet Ruth Stone, whose books of poetry included What Love Comes To: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize; In the Dark (2004); In the Next Galaxy (2002), which received the 2010 National Book Award; and Ordinary Words (Paris Press, 1999), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Note location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street (near University Place), 2nd floor theater
Tuesday, May 8, 4 p.m.
Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Reading
This event showcases readings by the Golden Writers, participants of a weekly creative writing workshop for disabled adults led by fellows from the NYU Creative Writing Program. Featuring special guest poet Catherine Barnett.
Note location: Jurow Lecture Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East
Thursday, May 10-Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m.
Presented by Danspace Project
Special Performance: NOX
Taking cues from Nox, the most recent work by award-winning poet Anne Carson, which includes old letters, family photos, collages, and sketches, Rashaun Mitchell and collaborator Silas Riener (both former Cunningham dancers) create a physical language that explores resuscitation, multidimensionality, trance, and extraction, while Carson and Robert Currie add live drawing through the redirected light of overhead projectors. The event will include original live music by Ben Miller with lighting design by Davison Scandrett.
Praised for his work as a member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company (2004-2012), for which he received a Bessie Award, Rashaun Mitchell moved to New York City in 2000 after receiving the Viola Farber-Slayton Memorial Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Internationally acclaimed writer Anne Carson’s books include Nox (2010), Decreation (2005), The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (2001), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; Economy of the Unlost (1999); and Autobiography of Red (1998), shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Anne Carson is a Distinguished Poet-in-Residence in the NYU Creative Writing Program.
NOX was created, in part, while in residence at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in partnership with Danspace Project’s Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW2) through support from the New York State DanceForce with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program. The performance of NOX is presented by Danspace Project and co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Tickets: $18 ($12 Danspace members); http://danspaceproject.org/ or call (866) 811-4111.
Note location: Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, New York, NY.
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.