Six alumni of the New York University Creative Writing Program — Courtney Brkic, Nell Freudenberger, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Allison Lynn, Emily Raboteau, and Jason Schneiderman — open the program’s Spring Reading Series on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m., when they read from their new books of poetry and fiction. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the Main Hall, ground floor of 19 University Place. For further information, call 212.998.8816.
Courtney Brkic is the author of Stillness and Other Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a collection of short fiction about the wars in Croatia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and The Stone Fields (FSG), a family memoir. She is the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship and a Whiting Award.
Nell Freudenberger wrote a collection of short stories, Lucky Girls, which won the Pen/Malamud Award. Her story “The Tutor” was included in the Best American Short Stories and the O’Henry Prize Stories anthologies.
Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (2004) and Southside Rain (2000) as well as a children’s book, TheBig World (Addison-Wesley, 1999). He is co-editor of Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World Press, 2002).
Allison Lynn’s first novel, Now You See It, won both the William Faulkner Medal from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Writers’ Center.
Emily Raboteau, an assistant professor of creative writing at CUNY, is the author of a first novel, The Professor’s Daughter, published in February by Henry Holt. She is the recipient of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a Jacob Javits Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
Jason Schneiderman’s first collection of poems, Sublimation Point, was published by Four Way Books in 2004. He is the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America and has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Yaddo.
The next event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series will be on Tuesday, March 24, featuring Galway Kinnell, prize-winning poet and Erich Maria Remarque Professor in Creative Writing at NYU.
The NYU Creative Writing Program, with permanent faculty members E.L. Doctorow, Galway Kinnell, Paule Marshall, and Sharon Olds, has distinguished itself for over three decades as a leading national center for the study of literature and writing. The Creative Writing Program Director is Melissa Hammerle. The Reading Series, sponsored in cooperation with the NYU Book Centers and the Fales Collection at NYU, is a vital component of the Writing Program, bringing both established and new writers to NYU.
The NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series is made possible by generous support from the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in The New York Community Trust by the founders of the Reader’s Digest Association. Additional support is provided by Robert E. Holmes.