The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2013 Reading Series continues in April with events featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning poet John Ashbery (April 11), Israeli author Etgar Keret (April 16), and readings by contributors to “Fire and Forget,” an anthology of stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (April 25). All events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, located at 58 W. 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves.), unless otherwise noted.
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. Subways: F, L, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Marie Howe and Alex Dimitrov
Alex Dimitrov’s debut poetry book is “Begging for It” (Four Way Books, 2013). Poet and NYU faculty member Marie Howe is the author of three collections, including “The Kingdom of Ordinary Time” (W. W. Norton, 2008).
Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra is the author of the critically acclaimed “Sacred Games”; “Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories”; and “Red Earth and Pouring Rain.”
Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m.
“Washington Square” Launch Party: Ana Bozicevic, John Oliver Hodges, and Rachel Zucker
Featuring readings by contributors to the new issue of “Washington Square,” the national literary journal produced by graduate students in the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: John Ashbery in Conversation with Deborah Landau
The eminent poet John Ashbery has won nearly every major American literary award for poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. His newest collection “Quick Question” was released by Ecco in December 2012. This event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Note location: NYU Global Center, Level C Auditorium, 238 Thompson Street (between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South). No RSVPs are required; seating is first come, first served. This event was previously listed to take place at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.
Friday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Series: Joyelle McSweeney, Special Guest Author
Joyelle McSweeney is a poet and author of hybrid-genre novels. Her new book “Salamandrine: 8 Gothics” is forthcoming this year from Tarapulin Sky Press. The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests.
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street
Tuesday, April 16, 1 p.m.
Lunchtime Fiction Reading: Etgar Keret
Israeli writer Etgar Keret is the author of six story collections, most recently “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012).
Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Cave Canem Fellows
Readings by Colleen J. McElroy, Roxane Beth Johnson, and Remica L. Bingham. This event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
Friday, April 19, 5 p.m.
NYU Alumni Reading
NYU Creative Writing Program alumni read from recently published books: Anya Achtenberg, Paula Bohince, Farnoosh Fathi, Grant Ginder, Ellen Greenfield, and Tyehimba Jess.
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War
Readings by Perry O’Brien and other contributors to “Fire and Forget” (Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton, editors, Da Capo Press, 2013), an anthology of stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m.
NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Reading
This reading features participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, a community outreach initiative of the NYU Creative Writing Program offering free classes to recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With special guest poet Marie Howe.
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.