The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2013 Reading Series concludes in May with events featuring Sam Lipsyte (May 2), Yusef Komunyakaa (May 3), and Mark Doty (May 9). 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.
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In addition, the Creative Writing Program will host select events sponsored by PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature (May 3). An RSVP is required for some festival events.
Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Sam Lipsyte in Conversation with Darin Strauss
Sam Lipsyte’s story collection, “The Fun Parts,” is new from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Friday, May 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
PEN/NYU Minifestival: The Literary Mews
The NYU Creative Writing Program hosts a series of events as part of a day-long minifestival sponsored by PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. Events are free and open to the public. The entire program can be found here.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.—Literary Translation Workshop led by James Byrne
James Byrne, editor of “Bones Will Crow: An Anthology of Burmese Poetry,” with contributing poet Zeyar Lynn, will lead participants through the stages of a poem in translation. Space is limited and RSVPs are required: please email (preferred) firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.998.8816.
Noon-1 p.m.—Photo Exhibit Tour: “Writers” by Nancy Crampton
The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House is home to a permanent installation of black-and-white portraits of renowned writers taken by Nancy Crampton. Participants will get an insider’s view into Crampton’s encounters with authors including W.H. Auden, James Baldwin, Anne Sexton, Lucille Clifton, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Space is limited and RSVPs are required: please email (preferred) email@example.com or call 212.998.8816.
Noon-6 p.m.—Street Festival
PEN invites readers to browse tables where literary magazines and independent presses proffer the work of up-and-coming writers, wander the streets and cross borders as the doors to NYU’s International Houses are opened, or stop to take in busking musicians or a puppet show.
Note location: Washington Mews (between Waverly Place and 8th Street)
5 p.m.—Poetry Reading: “Bones Will Crow: An Anthology of Burmese Poetry”
With Special Guest Yusef Komunyakaa
Zeyar Lynn and Khin Aung Aye read from “Bones Will Crow” (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012), edited and translated by ko ko thett and alumnus James Byrne. Hosted by editor James Byrne.
Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Mark Doty and Angelo Nikolopoulos
National Book Award–winner Mark Doty’s forthcoming publications are a poetry collection “Deep Lane” and a nonfiction book “What Is the Grass,” both from W. W. Norton. NYU Creative Writing Program alumnus Angelo Nikolopoulos reads from his debut, “Obscenely Yours” (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award.
Friday, May 10, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading and Conversation: Eduardo C. Corral, Nicole Terez Dutton, and Matthew Olzmann
Readings by prize-winning fellows of poetry organizations dedicated to supporting writers of color. Co-sponsored with CantoMundo, Cave Canem Foundation, and Kundiman.
Friday, May 10, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Series-—William Giraldi, Guest Author
William Giraldi is the author of the novel “Busy Monsters” (W. W. Norton, 2011) and the fiction editor of “AGNI.”
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street
Wednesday, May 15, 4 p.m.
Goldwater Hospital Workshop Reading
The annual showcase of a creative writing workshop led by graduate student fellows for residents of Goldwater Hospital, a public facility for the severely physically challenged.
Note location: Jurow Lecture Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East (between Wasington Place and Waverly Place)
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.