The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2015 Reading Series commences with events featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jorie Graham, Nathan Englander, and Patricia Smith, among others.

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The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2015 Reading Series commences with events featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jorie Graham, Nathan Englander, and Patricia Smith, 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, January 29, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Jorie Graham
Jorie Graham’s new book is “From the New World: Poems 1976-2014” (Ecco, 2015). Graham will be introduced by NYU Creative Program Director Deborah Landau.

Friday, January 30, 5 p.m.
ZYZZYVA Presents: Will Boast, Karl Taro Greenfeld, and Edie Meidav
Featuring recent contributors to “ZYZZYVA,” a San Francisco journal of arts and letters. This event is hosted by editors Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon and co-sponsored with “ZYZZYVA.”

Thursday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Nathan Englander and Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence Chris Normandin
Nathan Englander is the author of the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank as well as the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). Founded in 2014, the Axinn Foundation Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating student of exceptional promise.

NOTE: Englander replaces E.L. Doctorow, who was originally scheduled for this event.

Friday, February 6, 5 p.m.
Independent Poetry Press Showcase: Cynthia Cruz, Eugenia Leigh, Michael Morse, and Christina Pugh
Featuring readings from new works, this event is hosted by editor Martha Rhodes and co-sponsored with Canarium, Four Way, and TriQuarterly Books.

Friday, February 6, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series: Eileen Myles, Guest Author
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, February 12, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Jeffery Renard Allen and Marie-Helene Bertino
“Song of the Shank” (Graywolf, 2014) is the acclaimed new novel by Jeffery Renard Allen. Marie-Helene Bertino’s novel “2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas” (Crown, 2014) was selected as one of NPR’s 2014 Great Reads.

Friday, February 13, 5 p.m.
Akashic Books Presents: Nelson George, Bernice L. McFadden, and Arthur Nersesian
Featuring new publications from the independent Brooklyn-based publisher. This event is hosted by editor Aaron Petrovich and co-sponsored with Akashic Books.

Thursday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Presents: New Works by Antoinette Brim, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Gregory Pardlo, with Special Guest Patricia Smith
Patricia Smith is a four-time winner of the National Poetry Slam; her latest collection, “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” appeared in 2013 from Coffee House Press. This event is co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation, a home for the many voices of African American poetry.

Friday, February 20, 5 p.m.
The New Salon: Megan Mayhew Bergman and Emily St. John Mandel in Conversation with Darin Strauss
Megan Mayhew Bergman’s story collection “Almost Famous Women” is new from Scribner (January, 2015). Emily St. John Mandel’s latest book is “Station Eleven: A Novel” (Knopf, 2014). This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Charles Baxter in Conversation with Darin Strauss
Charles Baxter’s “There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories” is out from Pantheon in February 2015. This event is hosted by Darin Strauss.

Friday, February 27, 5 p.m.
CantoMunto Poetry Reading: Carmen Giménez-Smith and David Tomas Martinez
Carmen Giménez-Smith’s books include “Milk and Filth” (University of Arizona Press, 2013). David Tomas Martinez’s collection “Hustle” appeared from Sarabande Books in 2014. This event is hosted by Javier Zamora and co-sponsored with CantoMundo, an organization dedicated to supporting Latina/o poets.

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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