The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2018 Reading Series commences with events featuring Jeffrey Eugenides and Zadie Smith (Sept. 13) as well as Tracy K. Smith (Sept. 20).

The Creative Writing Program's Lillian Vernon House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2018 Reading Series commences with events featuring Jeffrey Eugenides and Zadie Smith (Sept. 13) as well as Tracy K. Smith (Sept. 20), 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, September 6, 7 p.m.
Alice James Books Presents
francine j. harris, Iain Haley Pollock, and Phillip B. Williams
Co-sponsored with Alice James Books

francine j. harris is the author of allegiance (2012) and play dead (2016). Iain Haley Pollock is the author of Spit Back a Boy, which won the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and the forthcoming Ghost, Like a Place. Phillip B. Williams is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc., 2011) and Burn (YesYes Books, 2013), and the full-length collection Thief in the Interior (2016), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, as well as the co-author of Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014).

Thursday, September 13, 7 p.m.
Reading and Conversation
Jeffrey Eugenides and Zadie Smith
Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South
Introduced by Deborah Landau

Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the novels The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot. His most recent book, the story collection Fresh Complaint, was published in 2017. He taught creative writing at Princeton for many years before joining the NYU Creative Writing Program in fall 2018 as a tenured full professor and the Lewis and Loretta Glucksman Professor in American Letters. Zadie Smith, senior faculty member of the NYU Creative Writing Program, was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and Swing Time. She has also published two essay collections, Changing My Mind and Feel Free, which was published earlier this year.

Friday, September 14, 7 p.m.
2018 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Reading

The Rona Jaffe Foundation provides support to women writers in the early stages of their careers.

Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Catherine Barnett and Tracy K. Smith
In conversation with Deborah Landau
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America
Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South

Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the forthcoming collection Human Hours (Graywolf Press, 2018). She teaches in the NYU Creative Writing Program. Tracy K. Smith currently serves as U.S. Poet Laureate and is the author of four books of poetry: The Body’s Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and Essence Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and the recent Wade in the Water (2018). She is also the author of the memoir, Ordinary Light (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction.

Friday, September 21, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Guest Author: Angel Nafis

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. Poet Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press/ New School Poetics, 2012). With Morgan Parker, she runs The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo.
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Meg Wolitzer
In conversation with Darin Strauss

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Female Persuasion (2018), The Interestings (2013), The Uncoupling (2011), The Ten-Year Nap (2008), The Position (2005), The Wife (2003), and Sleepwalking (1982), as well as the author of the young adult novel, Belzhar. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

Friday, September 28, 5 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Poetry Reading
Joseph O. Legaspi, Amy Meng, January Gill O’Neil, Ben Purkert, and Emily Jungmin Yoon

Joseph O. Legaspi’s collections of poetry include Threshold (2017), Imago (2007). With Sarah Gambito, Legaspi cofounded Kundiman, a nonprofit organization that promotes and serves Asian American writers and writing. Amy Meng is the author of Bridled (Pleiades Press, 2018) and a Kundiman Fellow. January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and Underlife (CavanKerry Press, 2009). Ben Purkert is the author of For the Love of Endings (Four Way Books, 2018). Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species, forthcoming from Ecco.

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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