An evening of readings from new fiction by New York University Creative Writing Program alumni will be presented on Friday, March 6, 7 p.m., at NYU’s Main Building, Jurow Hall, 32 Waverly Place. Free and open to the public, the evening will feature Patricia Chao, Karin Cook, Cassandra Garbus, and Jillian Medoff. For further information, the public may call (212) 998-8816.

Patricia Chao, a poet and fiction writer, received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.A. from NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Her first novel, Monkey King, was published by HarperCollins in 1997. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Karin Cook graduated from Vassar College and NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Her novel, What Girls Learn, a story of adolescence, death, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond, is being published in trade paperback by Vintage Books. An activist and health educator, she currently works at The Door, a multi-service youth center in New York City.

Cassandra Garbus, also a graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program, is the author of the just-published novel Solo Variations, out from Dutton Books. A freelance musician, Garbus has played in numerous chamber music ensembles. Currently she teaches literature and creative writing at NYU and CUNY.

Jillian Medoff earned a B.A. in English from Barnard College and a M.A. in fiction from NYU’s Creative Writing Program. Her novel Hunger Point, published by HarperCollins, was written while she was working full-time as a corporate writer at a large accounting firm. Critically acclaimed, the novel was purchased for film development by Regency Enterprises.

The 1997-98 NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series is made possible by a generous grant from the Lila Wallace Theater Fund at Community Funds, Inc., the corporate affiliate of The New York Community Trust. The next event in the series is a “Poetry Alumni Reading” on Friday, March 13, and features William Allen, Sharon Kraus, Maryanne McFadden, and Lisa Sewell.

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