Chris Abani, who just won the 2005 PEN Hemingway Prize, will read from his work on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at New York University’s Bronfman Center, 7 W. 10th Street. The reading, which is free and open to the public, is part of the NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series, and is co-sponsored by the Writing Program of The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Africana Studies, and the Office of African American, Latino, and Asian American Student Services.

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Abani’s novel Graceland has been named a finalist for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction. Nigerian-born, he is also the author of Masters of the Board and is the recipient of a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2001 Prince Claus Award for Literature and Cutlure. T.C. Boyle has called Graceland “a richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own.”

The next event in the NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series will take place on April 6, featuring the distinguished Northern Irish poet Michael Longley.

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.

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