The New York University Creative Writing Program Fall 2008 Reading Series continues in October with a number of special readings and events. Most events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, located at 58 W. 10th Street, unless otherwise noted. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit A schedule of events follows:

  • Thurs., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. The New Salon: Fiction Writers in Conversation features novelist Kevin Baker in conversation with novelist and NYU Creative Writing professor Darin Strauss. Baker’s most recent novel, Strivers Row, was the third of his New York Trilogy, which also includes the bestsellers Dreamland and Paradise Alley.
  • Fri., Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Readings from Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections, an anthology of essays edited by Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker: featuring Miranda Field, Matthea Harvey, Joy Katz, Katy Lederer, Erika Meitner, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mendi Obadike, Molly Peacock, Kristin Prevallet, Anna Rabinowitz, Susan Wheeler, and Rebecca Wolff. Hosted by poet Rachel Zucker.
  • Wed., Oct. 8, 5 p.m. Slideshow and commentary: Photographing Writers will feature Nancy Crampton, who for 35 years has been photographing literary artists. Many of her photographs are on permanent display at the Writers House. Crampton will share stories about encounters with famous writers; a book-signing will follow.
  • Thurs., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. The New Salon: Poets in Conversation features poet Matthea Harvey in conversation with poet and NYU Creative Writing Program director Deborah Landau. Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine, Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form, and Modern Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
  • Fri., Oct. 10, 5 p.m. The Paris Review Salon will feature readings by Jesse Ball and Kimiko Hahn. The recipient of The Paris Review’s 2008 Plimpton Prize, Ball has authored a book of poems, March Book and a novel, Samedi the Deafness. Hahn’s seven collections of poetry include The Unbearable Heart, Earshot, and The Narrow Road to the Interior. The Paris Review editors Christopher Cox and Meghan O’Rourke host.
  • Thurs., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Poetry Reading & Conversation: The 15th U.S. Poet Laureate (2007-08) and new NYU Distinguished Poet-in-Residence Charles Simic will read and discuss his work with NYU Creative Writing Program director Deborah Landau. Simic has published many collections of poems, among them, Selected Poems: 1963-2003, the Pulitzer-Prize winning The World Doesn’t End, and most recently That Little Something.
  • Fri., Oct. 17, 5 p.m. Reading & Conversation: Carol Muske-Dukes and Susan Wheeler read and discuss their work. Muske-Dukes is the author of seven books of poetry, including Sparrow and An Octave Above Thunder, and four novels, including Life After Death and Saving St. Germ. Wheeler has authored four books of poems, including Ledger, and a novel, Record Palace. Her new book, Assorted Poems, is forthcoming in 2009.
  • Thurs., Oct. 23, 7 p.m. New British Poets: Three outstanding new British poets are featured: Paul Batchelor, Frances Leviston, and Kathryn Simmonds. Batchelor’s first collection is The Sinking Road; Leviston’s debut collection, Public Dream, was shortlisted for the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize; Simmonds’ first collection is Sunday at the Skin Launderette.
  • Fri., Oct. 24, 5 p.m. Fiction Reading & Conversation: Authors Todd Hasak-Lowy and Etgar Keret read and discuss their work with poet and NYU Creative Writing professor Matthew Rohrer. Hasak-Lowy is the author of The Task of This Translator; his novel, Captives, was published this month. Keret is the author of many books including the short-story collections The Nimrod Flip-Out and, most recently, The Girl on the Fridge.
  • Thurs., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. The New Salon: Fiction Writers in Conversation features novelist Jonathan Lethem in conversation with novelist and NYU Creative Writing professor Darin Strauss. Lethem is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude, and most recently, You Don’t Love Me Yet.
  • Fri., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Emerging Writers Reading Series: NYU Creative Writing graduate students read with featured guest Steve Almond, author of five books, including My Life in Heavy Metal and most recently (Not That You Asked). Note venue: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St.

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