Adam Gopnik, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ann Hood & More Featured at Creative Writing Program Events in Nov. & Dec.


The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2017 Reading Series continues next month with events featuring Adam Gopnik (Nov. 2), Yusef Komunyakaa (Nov. 10 & 13), and Ann Hood (Nov. 30).

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2017 Reading Series continues next month with events featuring Adam Gopnik (Nov. 2), Yusef Komunyakaa (Nov. 10 & 13), and Ann Hood (Nov. 30), 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 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, November 2, 7 p.m.
Memoir Reading and Conversation
Adam Gopnik (with Meghan O'Rourke)

Adam Gopnik’s newest book is the memoir “At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York” (Knopf, September 2017). His other books include the essay collections “Paris to the Moon” and “Through the Children’s Gate: A Home In New York.” Gopnik has received three National Book Awards, a George Polk Award, and is a staff writer for the New Yorker. This event is hosted by NYU Faculty member Meghan O’Rourke.

Friday, November 3, 5 p.m.
Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading
Reginald Flood, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, and Laura Swearingen-Steadwell
Reginald Flood is a poet and author of “Coffle” (Aquarius, 2012), and has been published in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Massachusetts Review, and Mythium, among others. Jacqueline Jones LaMon’s collections include “Last Seen” (University of Wisconsin, 2011), “Gravity USA,” and “In the Arms of One Who Loves Me.” Laura Swearingen-Steadwell is the author of the poetry collections “How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps” and “All Blue So Late,” forthcoming in December 2017 from Northwestern University Press. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
John Freeman and Javier Zamora

A reading to celebrate two new poetry collections: “Maps” by John Freeman and “Unaccompanied” by Javier Zamora, both from Copper Canyon (September 2017). Freeman is also the author of “The Tyranny of E-mail,” “How to Read a Novelist,” and the editor of Freeman’s. Javier Zamora is an NYU Creative Writing Program alum and the author of the chapbook “Nueve Años Inmigrantes/Nine Immigrant Years.”

Friday, November 10, 5 p.m.
Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees
Emily Brandt, Cathy Linh Che, Martha Collins, Brandon Courtney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gardner McFall, Josephine Rowe, Monica Sok, and Paul Tran
Readings from the forthcoming anthology “Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees.” Hosted by anthology editor Laren McClung.

Monday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks
Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif, and Patricia Smith
Co-sponsored with the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Our Miss Brooks 100: A Centennial Celebration, Poetry Society of America, Poets House, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library (NYPL).
Note Location: Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave
Tickets: 92y.org/poetry

Thursday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Alex Gilvarry, Eleanor Henderson

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the celebrated novel “Here Comes the Sun” (Norton/Liveright, 2016), winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and named best book of 2016 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, among others. Alex Gilvarry’s new novel is “Eastman Was Here” (Viking, August 2017); he is also the author of “From the Memoirs of an Enemy Combatant” and was named a nominee for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Eleanor Henderson is the award-winning writer behind “Ten Thousand Saints” and the new novel “Twelve-Mile Straight” (Ecco, September 2017) with published work in Agni, Ninth Letter, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, All Things Considered, and many more.

Friday, November 17, 5 p.m.
Four Way Books Presents
Miranda Field, Panio Gianopoulos, Martha Rhodes

Miranda Field is the author of the forthcoming “Imaginary Royalty” (Four Way Books, September 2017) and “Swallow,” along with publications in numerous anthologies. Panio Gianopoulos has written the “How to Get into Our House and Where We Keep the Money” (Four Way Books, September 2017) as well as “A Familiar Beast.” Martha Rhodes has published five poetry collections, including “At the Gate,” “Perfect Disappearance,” “Mother Quiet,” “The Beds,” and “The Thin Wall” (Pitt Poetry Series, 2017); she is the director of Four Way Books. Co-sponsored with Four Way Books.

Friday, November 17, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Erika L. Sánchez

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program with guest writer Erika L. Sánchez. Erika L. Sánchez is the author of “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017), and the poetry collection, “Lessons on Expulsion” (Graywolf, 2017).
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Ben Blum and Ann Hood (with Darin Strauss)

Ben Blum, an NYU MFA Program alum, is the author of the new book, “Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime” (Doubleday, September 2017). Ann Hood is the author of several books, most recently “The Book that Matters Most: A Novel” and “Morningstar: Growing Up with Books” (W. W. Norton, August 2017); she has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. This event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Friday, December 1, 5 p.m.
Kundiman Poetry Prize Reading
Chen Chen, E.J. Koh, Rajiv Mohabir, and Jane Wong

Chen Chen is the author of “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” (BOA Editions, 2017), winner of the 15th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. E. J. Koh wrote the forthcoming “A Lesser Love” (University of Central Missouri, 2017) and has been published in Boston Review, Columbia Review, and Southeast Review, among others. Rajiv Mohabir is the author of “The Taxidermist’s Cut” (Four Way Books, 2014), winner of the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry, “The Cowherd’s Son” (Tupelo Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize, and the forthcoming translation of Lalbihari Sharma’s “Holi Songs” (Kaya Press, 2018). Jane Wong is the author of “Overpour” (Action Books, 2016). Co-sponsored with Kundiman.

Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
Cornelius Eady, Nandi Comer, and Natalie J. Graham

Co-founder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady is the author of “Hardheaded Weather” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008), “Brutal Imagination” (2001), and “the autobiography of a jukebox” (1997), among many others. Nandi Comer has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Arts, Cave Canem, and Callaloo; her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and several anthologies. Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty books of poetry, including his most recent collection, “City of Bones: A Testament” (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. Natalie J. Graham is the author of “Begin with a Failed Body” (University of Georgia Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.

Friday, December 8, 7 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Undergraduate Reading
Fall students read their creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Friday, December 8, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Julia Elliott

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU’s graduate Creative Writing Program with Guest Writer Julia Elliott. Elliott is the author of “The Wilds” (Tin House Books, 2014), and “The New and Improved Romie Futch” (Tin House Books, 2015). 
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

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 www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu.
 

Press Contact

James Devitt
James Devitt
(212) 998-6808