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Creative Writing Program Features Naomi Shihab Nye, Alexander Chee, Major Jackson, and More in March

February 8, 2016

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2016 Reading Series continues in March with events featuring Naomi Shihab Nye (March 4), Alexander Chee (March 10), and Major Jackson (March 24), among others.

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, March 3, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Richie Hofmann, Camille Rankine, and Wendy Xu
Winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, Richie Hofmann’s debut collection Second Empire was published by Alice James Books in 2015. Camille Rankine’s debut collection is Incorrect Merciful Impulses (Copper Canyon Press, 2015). Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and the forthcoming Phrasis (Fence Books Ottoline Prize, 2017).

Friday, March 4, 5 p.m.
Poetry as Diplomacy: A Reading and Panel Discussion
Meena Alexander is most recently the author of the poetry collection Atmospheric Embroidery (Hachette India, 2015). A Maze Me: Poems for Girls (Greenwillow Books, 2015) is the most recent book from poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Co-sponsored with the United Nations SRC Society of Writers, the NYU English Department, the NYU Gallatin Writing Program, and the Tisch School of the Arts’ Department of Art & Public Policy. Hosted by Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

Friday, March 4, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading: Carmen Giménez Smith, Guest Author
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Carmen Giménez Smith's most recent collection of poems is Milk and Filth (University of Arizona Press, 2013).
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Alexander Chee and Angela Flournoy in Conversation with Darin Strauss
Alexander Chee is the author of the award-winning novel Edinburgh and most recently The Queen of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). Angela Flournoy’s debut novel The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) was a 2015 National Book Award finalist. This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Friday, March 11, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Robin Beth Schaer, Robyn Schiff, and Tess Taylor
Shipbreaking (Anhinga Press, 2015) is Robin Beth Schaer’s debut collection. Robyn Schiff is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently A Woman of Property (Penguin, 2016). Tess Taylor is the author of The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the forthcoming title Work & Days (Red Hen Press, 2016). This event is hosted by Craig Morgan Teicher.

Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Marilyn Hacker and Major Jackson
National Book Award winner Marilyn Hacker is most recently the author of A Stranger’s Mirror: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2014 (W. W. Norton, 2015). Roll Deep (W. W. Norton, 2015) is Major Jackson’s fourth, and most recent, collection of poems.

Friday, March 25, 5 p.m.
Women Writing about Sex and Desire: A Panel Discussion
Featuring Jill Bialosky, Melissa Febos, Jennifer Gilmore, and Elissa Schappell. Co-sponsored with the Women’s National Book Association. Moderated by WNBA board member Harriet Shenkman.

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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