The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2018 Reading Series continues in November with events featuring Terrance Hayes and Joshua Beckman (Nov. 8) as well as Mary Karr (Nov. 9), among others.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2018 Reading Series continues with events featuring Terrance Hayes and Joshua Beckman (Nov. 8) as well as Mary Karr (Nov. 9), 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, November 1, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Colson Whitehead
In conversation with Darin Strauss

Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including The Intuitionist, Zone One, which was a New York Times Bestseller, and most recently The Underground Railroad, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The recipient of multiple awards, including a Whiting Award, a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Whitehead has taught at Princeton, NYU, the University of Houston, and Columbia, among others. Hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Friday, November 2, 5 p.m.
Kundiman Poetry Prize Reading
Sharon Wang (prizewinner), with Franny Choi and Mia Ayumi Malhotra
Co-sponsored by Kundiman

Kundiman Poetry Prize winner Sharon Wang’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Antioch Review, Anti-, The Collagist, and The Pinch. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis’ MFA program, Republic of Mercy is Wang’s first collection. Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone, and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of ISAKO ISAKO (September 2018), winner of the 2017 Alice James Award. 

Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m.
Bagley Wright Lecture Series
Joshua Beckman and Terrance Hayes

Editor, translator, and poet, Joshua Beckman is the author of Things Are Happening, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Award, Something I Expected to Be Different, Your Time Has Come, Shake, and Take It. Beckman’s latest publication is a double-volume of his 2013-14 Bagley Wright Lectures, Three Talks and The Lives of the Poems (Wave Books, May 2018). Terrance Hayes is the author of How To Be Drawn, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Wind In a Box; Hip Logic; Muscular Music; and American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018). To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight, based on his Bagley Wright Lectures, is his newest publication (Wave Books, September 2018). The recipient of numerous honors and fellowships, he is a core faculty member at the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Friday, November 9, 5 p.m.
Memoir Reading
Mary Karr

Poet, songwriter, essayist, and memoirist Mary Karr is the author of three memoirs, The Liars’ Club, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award; Cherry; and Lit, as well as five volumes of poetry, Abacus; The Devil’s Tour; Viper Rum; Sinners Welcome; and most recently Tropic of Squalor (Harper, May 2018). She has received numerous awards and honors, including a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and several Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and essays. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading
Karan Mahajan and Idra Novey

Karan Mahajan’s first novel Family Planning was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and his second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards. In 2017, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Idra Novey is the author of the novels Those Who Knew, forthcoming from Viking in November 2018 and Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collection Exit, Civilian was selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series.

Friday, November 16, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Guest Author: R. Erica Doyle

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. Poet R. Erica Doyle’s debut collection proxy (Belladonna* Books, 2013), won the 2014 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry.
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street

Thursday, November 29, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
Co-sponsored by Cave Canem

2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall’s debut is Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). Darrel Alejandro Holnes, honorable mention for Stepmotherland, and Shayla Lawson, honorable mention for Ti Ador(n)o, with introductory readings.

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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