The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2014 Reading Series begins with events featuring E.L. Doctorow (January 30), Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout (Jan. 31), and National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes (February 7).
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, January 30, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: E. L. Doctorow
E. L. Doctorow is the author of numerous titles, including “Andrew’s Brain,” new this year from Random House. His work has garnered three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the William Dean Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal, and, most recently, the National Book Foundation’s 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Doctorow holds the Lewis and Loretta Glucksman Chair of English and American Letters at NYU. Introduced by writer and NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Darin Strauss, the reading is co-sponsored with the NYU Bookstore and Fales Library and Special Collections.
Note location: NYU School of Law, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South (between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets)
Friday, January 31, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Rae Armantrout and Mark Bibbins
Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout’s latest collection is “Just Saying” (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2013). Mark Bibbins’s third book, “They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full,” is due from Copper Canyon in spring 2014.
Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Reading: Joan Silber and Jean Valentine
Joan Silber is most recently the author of the story collection “Fools,” published by W. W. Norton in 2013. Jean Valentine’s collections include “Break the Glass” (Copper Canyon, 2010). The authors will be introduced by writer and NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Chuck Wachtel.
Friday, February 7, 4:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Terrance Hayes
Terrance Hayes’s fourth collection of poetry, “Lighthead” (Penguin, 2010), won the National Book Award.
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: David Grand and Philipp Meyer in Conversation with Darin Strauss
David Grand’s “Mount Terminus: A Novel” is new from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. Philipp Meyer’s second novel, “The Son,” was published by Ecco Press in 2013. The event is hosted by writer and NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Darin Strauss.
Friday, February 14, 5 p.m.
CantoMundo Poetry Reading
Featuring Laurie Ann Guerrero (“A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying,” University of Notre Dame, 2013), Javier O. Huerta (“American Copia: An Immigrant Epic,” Arte Público, 2012), and Manuel Paul López (“The Yearning Feed,” University of Notre Dame, 2013). The readers will be introduced by poet Javier Zamora and is co-sponsored with CantoMundo.
Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Cathy Park Hong in Conversation with Deborah Landau
Cathy Park Hong’s third book, “Engine Empire: Poems,” was published by W. W. Norton in 2012. The event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program Director Deborah Landau and co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Friday, February 21, 5 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Susan Minot and Jenny Offill
Susan Minot’s latest novel is “Thirty Girls” (Knopf, 2014). Jenny Offill’s second novel, “Dept. of Speculation,” was published by Knopf in January.
The NYU Creative Writing Program, among the most distinguished programs in the country, is a leading national center for the study of writing and literature. The undergraduate and graduate programs provide students with an opportunity to develop their craft while working closely with some of the finest poets and novelists writing today. The Creative Writing Program occupies a townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers—established and emerging—to share their work in an inspiring setting. For more, visit www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu.