The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2014 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring Claudia Rankine, Joshua Ferris, and Stuart Dybek, among others.


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 Subways: F, L, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom and Brian Morton
Amy Bloom is most recently the author of “Lucky Us” (Random House, 2014). Brian Morton’s books include “Starting Out in the Evening” and his latest title, “Florence Gordon” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).

Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Leslie Jamison and Jess Row in Conversation with Darin Strauss
Leslie Jamison is the author of a novel, “The Gin Closet,” and most recently a bestselling collection of essays, “The Empathy Exams.” Jess Row’s latest title is the novel “Your Face in Mine” (Riverhead Books, 2014).

Friday, October 10, 2 p.m.
The Singapore Literature Festival Presents: Generations and Genres
Featuring Haresh Sharma, Verena Tay, Cyril Wong

In this reading, you will hear works written by different generations of Singaporean writers working in different genres, and discover the vitality of a growing literary tradition.

Friday, October 10, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: David Lehman and Leah Umansky
David Lehman is the author of several collections of poems and criticism; his most recent work is “New and Selected Poems” (Scribner, 2013). Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, “Don Dreams and I Dream” and the full length collection, “Domestic Uncertainties,” (BlazeVOX, 2013).

Friday, October 10, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading: Elisa Albert, Special Guest
Elisa Albert is the author of a short story collection, “How This Night is Different” and a novel, “The Book of Dahlia.” The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests.
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m.
The Chancellors Reading
Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Ríos, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright
Presented by the Academy of American Poets and co-sponsored with NYU Skirball Center. Tickets: or 866.811.4111.
Note Location: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

Friday, October 17, 5 p.m.
The New Salon: Joshua Ferris and Mira Jacob in Conversation with Darin Strauss
Joshua Ferris is the author of “Then We Came to the End,” “The Unnamed,” and his latest title, “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.” Mira Jacob’s debut novel, “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing,” was published by Random House in July of 2014.

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Peter Gizzi in Conversation with Alice Quinn
Peter Gizzi is the author of six books of poetry, most recently “In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011” (Wesleyan, 2014). Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

Friday, October 24, 5 p.m.
The New Salon: Stuart Dybek and Fady Joudah in Conversation with Darin Strauss
MacArthur Fellow Stuart Dybek’s newest titles are “Paper Lantern” and “Ecstatic Cahoots” (FSG, 2014). Fady Joudah’s debut, “The Earth in the Attic” (2008), won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His translation of Ghassan Zaqtan's “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me” won the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2013.

Friday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading: Ariana Reines, Special Guest
Ariana Reines’s collections include “The Cow” (2006), “Coeur de Lion” (2007), and “Mercury” (2011). The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests.
Note location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Thurs., October 30, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Amy Hempel in Conversation with Darin Strauss                              Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Amy Hempel is the author of four short story collections, “Reasons to Live” (1985), “At the Gates of The Animal Kingdom” (1990), “Tumble Home” (1997), and “The Dog of the Marriage” (2005), which were gathered and published in a single volume by Scribner, “The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel” (2006).

Editor’s Note:
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

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