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Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series to Feature Parker Posey, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Jonathan Lethem in Oct.

September 13, 2013

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2013 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring “Selected Shorts” and Parker Posey (Oct. 3), Yusef Komunyakaa (Oct. 4), Jonathan Lethem (Oct. 11), and the Academy of American Poets Chancellors Reading (Oct. 24).

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.) and are free and open to the public—unless otherwise noted. Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit Subways: F, L, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
“Selected Shorts” at NYU: Writers on Writing
The acclaimed public radio series and podcast presents short stories about the craft of writing by Joan Didion, Molly Giles, and Etgar Keret, performed by acclaimed actors Alex Karpovsky, Parker Posey, and Kaneza Schaal. Co-sponsored with Selected Shorts. More information about Selected Shorts is available at

Friday, October 4, 5:00 p.m.
Poets on War: A Reading for Refugee Youth in South Sudan
Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrie Kusserow, Brian Turner, and Bruce Weigl

Pulitzer Prize–winner and NYU senior faculty member Yusef Komunyakaa’s latest work is “Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems” (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Adrie Kusserow’s collection “Refuge” was published this year by BOA Editions. Alice James released Brian Turner’s second book, “Phantom Noise,” in 2010. “The Abundance of Nothing” (TriQuarterly, 2012) is Bruce Weigl’s most recent publication.

Friday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Victor Lavalle, Guest Author
Victor LaValle is most recently the author of the novel “The Devil in Silver” (Spiegel & Grau, 2013). 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 E. 4th Street

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
Cave Canem Northwestern Poetry Prize Reading: Reginald M. Harris
Reginald M. Harris is the author of “Autogeography” (Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the 2012 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second book. With special guest Afaa M. Weaver. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.

Friday, October 11, 7:00 p.m.
The New Salon: Jonathan Lethem in Conversation with Darin Strauss
National Book Critics Circle Award–winner and MacArthur Fellow Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels, including “Dissident Gardens,” new this fall from Doubleday.

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
The New Salon: Lucie Brock-Broido in Conversation with Charif Shanahan
Lucie Brock-Broido’s latest collection is “Stay, Illusion” (Knopf, 2013). Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

Friday, October 18, 5:00 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Ulrich Baer and Rebecca Miller
Ulrich Baer’s most recent book is “Beggar’s Chicken: Stories from Shanghai” (Earnshaw Books, 2013). Filmmaker and writer Rebecca Miller’s novel “Jacob’s Folly” was published this spring by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Cathy Park Hong, Guest Author
Cathy Park Hong’s third book of poems, “Engine Empire,” appeared from W. W. Norton in 2012. 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 E. 4th Street

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Whiting Writers Awards: Introduced by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
The Whiting Writers Awards are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. Past winners have included August Wilson, David Foster Wallace, Tobias Wolff, Jonathan Franzen, and Jorie Graham.
Note Location: NYU School of Law, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
Academy of American Poets Chancellors Reading: Victor Hernández Cruz, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ron Padgett, Marie Ponsot, Claudia Rankine, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright
Some of the most acclaimed poets of our day come together on one stage to read from their latest work. Presented by the Academy of American Poets; co-sponsored with NYU Skirball Center. Tickets: or 866.811.4111.
Note Location: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

Friday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.
Reading and New York Film Premiere: Mitchell S. Jackson
Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel “The Residue Years” was published in August by Bloomsbury. “The Residue Years: A Documentary” will be released this fall.

Editor’s Note:
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

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