The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2018 Reading Series concludes with events in April and May featuring Daniel Alarcón (April 12), Edmund White (April 26), and Dorothea Lasky (April 27), among others.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2018 Reading Series concludes with events in April and May featuring Daniel Alarcón (April 12), Edmund White (April 26), and Dorothea Lasky (April 27), 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. Subways: F, L, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Fiction Reading
C. Morgan Babst, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Heather Harpham, Linnea Hartsuyker, and Emily X. R. Pan
C. Morgan Babst is a native of New Orleans; “The Floating World” is her first novel. Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of “The Hunger Saint,” praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale.” Heather Harpham’s memoir, “Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After,” was released in 2017 and selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Series as well as being an Indie Next pick. “The Half-Drowned King” and “The Sea Queen” are the first two books in Linnea Hartsuyker’s trilogy of novels about Viking Age Norway. Emily X.R. Pan is the author of “The Astonishing Color of After.”

Friday, April 6, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Amanda Nadelberg, Lisa Olstein, Dean Rader, and Arundhati Subramaniam
Amanda Nadelberg is the author of three books of poetry: “Songs from a Mountain” (Coffee House Press, 2016), “Bright Brave Phenomena” (Coffee House Press, 2012), and “Isa the Truck Named Isadore” (2006), winner of the Slope Editions Book Prize. Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently “Late Empire” (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). Dean Rader’s newest collection of poems is entitled “Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry” (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). Arundhathi Subramaniam is the author of four books of poems, most recently “When God Is a Traveller” (Bloodaxe Books, 2014) and “Where I Live: New & Selected Poems” (Bloodaxe Books, 2009).

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Daniel Alarcón and Victor LaValle (with Darin Strauss)
Daniel Alarcón’s first book, “War by Candlelight,” was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. His novel “At Night We Walk in Circles” was published by Riverhead Books in October 2013. Victor La Valle is the author of a short-story collection, “Slapboxing with Jesus” (1999), and four novels, “The Ecstatic” (2002), “Big Machine” (2009), “The Devil in Silver” (2012), and “The Changeling,” which was selected as one of 2017’s 10 best books by New York Public Library.

Friday, April 13, 5 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Poetry Reading
Chase Berggrun, DéLana R. A. Dameron, Jen Hyde, Jen Levitt, Elsbeth Pancrazi, and Jenny Xie
Chase Berggrun is the author of “R E D”, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2017. DéLana R. A. Dameron’s second collection, “Weary Kingdom” (2017), is part of the University of South Carolina Palmetto Poetry Series, edited by Nikky Finney. Jen Hyde is the author of “Hua Shi Hua,华诗画” [Drawings & Poems from China], (Ahsahta, 2017). Jen Levitt is the author of “The Off-Season” (Four Way Books), which was a finalist for the 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society Award in Poetry. Elsbeth Pancrazi’s debut poetry collection is “FULL BODY PLEASURE SUIT” (Tavern Books, 2017). Jenny Xie is the author of “Eye Level” (Graywolf Press, forthcoming April 2018), selected by Juan Felipe Herrera as the winner of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and “Nowhere to Arrive” (Northwestern University Press, 2017), recipient of the 2016 Drinking Gourd Prize.

Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Washington Square Review Launch Reading
Tracy May Fuad, Edie Meidev, and Sally Wen Mao 
Readings by contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal. Tracy May Fuad is a poet, essayist, and artist from Minnesota and an MFA candidate in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark, where she also teaches composition. Her writing has appeared in Ninth Letter, Sixth Finch, Prelude, Tammy, CutBank, PANK, BOAAT, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nashville Review, DIALOGIST, the Felt, and elsewhere. Sally Wen Mao is the author of “Mad Honey Symposium.” Her second book, “Oculus,” is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019.

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Presents: New Works
Safia Elhillo, Adrian Matejka, and Ife-Chudeni Oputa
Safia Elhillo is the author of “The January Children” (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). Adrian Matejka is the author of “The Big Smoke” (Penguin, 2013), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and most recently, “Map to the Stars” (Penguin, 2017). Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa’s poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK] online, Gabby, Some Call it Ballin, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation and the PEN World Voices Festival.

Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.
KGB Emerging Writers Reading Series
Jenny Johnson
Jenny Johnson is the author of “In Full Velvet” (Sarabande Books, 2017). She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including a 2015 Whiting Award and a 2016–2017 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.
West 10th Launch Reading
Min Jin Lee
Readings by student contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s undergraduate literary journal. Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko” (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017, a USA Today Top 10 Books of 2017, and an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Great Reads. Co-sponsored with the PEN World Voices Festival.

Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation 
Alexander Chee and Edmund White (with Darin Strauss)
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels “Edinburgh” and “The Queen of the Night,” and the essay collection “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel,” forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April. Edmund White is the author of over 25 books, including “The Joy of Gay Sex” (1977) (written with Charles Silverstein), his trio of autobiographical novels, “A Boy’s Own Story” (1982), “The Beautiful Room Is Empty” (1988), and “The Farewell Symphony” (1997), and, most recently, “Our Young Man” (2016).

Friday, April 27, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Dorothea Lasky
Dorothea Lasky is the author of five full-length collections of poetry: the forthcoming “Milk” (Wave Books), as well as “Rome” (Liveright/W.W. Norton) and “Thunderbird,” “Black Life,” and “AWE,” all three from Wave Books. She currently lives in New York City, where she is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Tarfia Faizullah, Susan Brind Morrow, and Carol Muske-Dukes
Tarfia Faizullah’s first book, “seam” (2014), won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Susan Brind Morrow is the author of “The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert,” a finalist for the Pen Martha Albrand Award for the Memoir in 1998, “Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World,” and “The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts” (2015), a collection of her translation and commentary. Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poems, most recently “Blue Rose” (Penguin, April 2018). Earlier books of poems include “Sparrow,” from Random House, a National Book Award finalist. She has also published four novels, including “Channeling Mark Twain.”

Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m.
NYU Veterans Writing Workshop Reading
Sara Nović
Readings by participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which offers free classes to recent veterans. Sara Novic’s first novel “Girl at War” is out now from Random House and Little, Brown UK, and is available or forthcoming in 13 more languages.

Tuesday, May 8, 4 p.m.
Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Reading
Nicole Sealey
Readings by the Golden Writers, participants of a writing workshop for adults with disabilities. Nicole Sealey is the author of “Ordinary Beast and the Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named,” winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize.
Note Location: NYU Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall, 100 Washington Square East

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. 


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