The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2019 Reading Series begins in September with events featuring Amy Hempel (Sept. 5), Ada Limón (Sept. 19), and Alexander Chee (Sept. 20), among others.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2019 Reading Series begins in September with events featuring Amy Hempel (Sept. 5), Ada Limón (Sept. 19), and Alexander Chee (Sept. 20), among others. Next month will also include an evening showcasing many of the Creative Writing Program’s authors—Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Sharon Olds, and Zadie Smith will read from recent works of poetry and prose (Sept. 16).

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 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, September 5, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Amy Hempel and Casey Legler
In conversation with Darin Strauss 

Amy Hempel’s most recent short story collection, Sing to It, was published in 2019. She is also the author of The Dog of the Marriage, Tumble Home, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Reasons to Live, and the coeditor of Unleashed. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. Casey Legler is an artist, restaurateur, model, and former Olympic swimmer. Born in France to expatriate American parents, Casey grew up in Provence, and went on to swim for France in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The first woman signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes, Casey has been featured in Vogue, Le Monde and Time. Her memoir Godspeed was published in 2018. Hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Brenda Shaughnessy
In conversation with Deborah Landau
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum; So Much Synth; and Our Andromeda, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark. Hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program Director Deborah Landau, the author of four poetry collections, most recently Soft Targets.

Friday, September 13, 7 p.m.
2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Reading

The Rona Jaffe Foundation provides support to women writers in the early stages of their careers.

Monday, September 16, 7 p.m.
NYU Writes: A Celebration of Writers and Writing at NYU
Co-sponsored with the NYU Office of the Provost
Free reservations open on August 15 at noon: https://nyuskirball.org/events/nyu-writes/

An evening showcasing the authors of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Sharon Olds, and Zadie Smith will read from recent works of poetry and prose. Hosted by program director Deborah Landau.
Note Location: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Ada Limón and Rachel Zucker

Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received her MFA from the NYU Creative Writing Program. Rachel Zucker is the author of ten books, including SoundMachine, new in September from Wave Books. Her other books include a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians. Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, Zucker teaches poetry at NYU.

Friday, September 20, 5 p.m.
What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About Anthology Reading
Alexander Chee, Melissa Febos, and Leslie Jamison
Hosted by editor Michele Filgate
Official 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival Event

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is the winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship. Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me. An essay collection entitled Girlhood is forthcoming in 2021. Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, a critically acclaimed anthology based on her Longreads essay. Leslie Jamison’s newest book is a collection of essays entitled Make It Scream, Make It Burn. She is the author of a novel, The Gin Closet;  a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams; and a critical memoir, The Recovering.

Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Anne Boyer
In conversation with Hari Kunzru

Anne Boyer is a U.S. poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. She is the author of The Romance of Happy Workers, The 2000s, My Common Heart, 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women, and, most recently, The Handbook of Disappointed Fate. Hari Kunzru’s most recent novel, White Tears, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Book Award. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.