The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Reading Series commences with events featuring Terrance Hayes (Jan. 31), Eileen Myles (Feb. 14), and Sam Lipsyte (Feb. 21).

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Reading Series commences with events featuring Terrance Hayes (Jan. 31), Eileen Myles (Feb. 14), and Sam Lipsyte (Feb. 21), 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, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Terrance Hayes
In conversation with Deborah Landau
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America

Terrance Hayes’s latest poetry collection is American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. His collection How to Be Drawn was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award; it received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. Hayes, a senior faculty member in NYU’s Creative Writing Program, has also penned Lighthead, Wind in a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. NYU Creative Writing Program Director Deborah Landau is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Soft Targets, forthcoming from Copper Canyon in April 2019.

Friday, February 1, 5 p.m.
Four Way Books Twenty-fifth Anniversary Reading
Aaron Coleman, Cynthia Cruz, Yona Harvey, and Kevin Prufer

Aaron Coleman is the author of St. Trigger, winner of the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, and Threat Come Close, published by Four Way Books in 2018. Cynthia Cruz is the author of four collections of poetry: How the End Begins, Wunderkammer, The Glimmering Room and Ruin, and most recently Dregs (Four Way Books, Sept 2018). Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books, 2013), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University and finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. Kevin Prufer is the author of several poetry collections, including Churches, Strange Wood, and How He Loved Them (Four Way Books, 2018).

Thursday, February 7, 7 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Fiction Reading
Ayesha Harruna Attah, Sara Batkie, Matthew Pitt, and Peng Shepherd

Ayesha Harruna Attah is the author of the Harmattan Rain, nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2010, and Saturday’s Shadows, published in 2015. Her latest novel is The Hundred Wells of Salaga (Other Press, February 2019). Matthew Pitt is author of two fiction collections: These Are Our Demands (Engine/Ferry Street Books, 2017) and Attention Please Now (Autumn House Press, 2010), winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and a Writers’ League of Texas Book Award finalist. Peng Shepherd’s debut novel, The Book of M (William Morrow, 2018), was chosen as an Amazon Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of the Year.


Friday, February 8, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Guest Author: Camille Rankine

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a Camille Rankine, whose first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. She is a visiting professor of creative writing at the New School.

Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Tiana Clark and Eileen Myles

Tiana Clark is the author of the debut poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Eileen Myles is an American poet and writer who has produced more than 20 volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three decades, including evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Myles is currently a Distinguished-Poet-in-Residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Friday, February 15, 5 p.m.
Fiction Reading
Hannah Lillith Assadi, Joseph Cassara, and Fatima Farheen Mirza

Hannah Lillith Assadi’s first novel Sonora (Soho Press, 2017) received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her second novel, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells, is forthcoming from Riverhead. Joseph Cassara’s debut novel The House of Impossible Beauties (HarperCollins, 2018) was chosen by Barnes & Noble as a Discover Great New Writers selection. Fatima Farheen Mirza’s debut novel, A Place for Us, published in 2018, was the first book of Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth.

Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Sam Lipsyte
In conversation with Darin Strauss

Sam Lipsyte is the author of the story collections Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and The Fun Parts and the novels The Ask, The Subject Steve, and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. His latest book is the novel Hark (Simon & Schuster, January 2019). The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, Lipsyte teaches at Columbia University. Hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Friday, February 22, 5 p.m.
Cave Canem Presents: New Works
Brionne Janae, Nabila Lovelace, and Justin Phillip Reed
Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation

Brionne Janae was the winner of the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest from the Comstock Review, and her first manuscript was selected by Michael Ryan for Emerson Colleges Best Thesis Award. Janae’s debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017), was also selected as the finalist for the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize. Nabila Lovelace is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYes Books, 2018). Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, and of the chapbook A History of Flamboyance (YesYes Books, 2016).

Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Forrest Gander
In conversation with Alice Quinn
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America

Forest Gander’s books of poetry include Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake, and, most recently, Be With (New Directions), named the Best Poetry Book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly. Core Samples from the World, a collection of poetry, essays, and photographs, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Gander is also a translator, novelist, essayist, and the editor of two anthologies. His own poetry has been translated into several languages, and his novel, As a Friend, was published in 2008. He teaches at Brown University.

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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