The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Reading Series concludes with events featuring Deborah Eisenberg (April 4), Ilya Kaminsky (April 11), and Edmund White (May 2), among others.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2019 Reading Series concludes with events featuring Deborah Eisenberg (April 4), Ilya Kaminsky (April 11), and Edmund White (May 2), 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, April 4, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Deborah Eisenberg
In conversation with Darin Strauss

Deborah Eisenberg has published four collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006).

Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading Series

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. Anaïs Duplan is the author of the poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017).
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Ilya Kaminsky and Erika Meitner

Ilya Kaminsky’s new book, Deaf Republic, is a parable-in-poems, will be published by Graywolf Press in March 2019. Kaminsky’s earlier collection of poems, Dancing in Odessa, was published by Tupelo Press and received international acclaim. Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems. Her newest collection, Holy Moly Carry Me, was just released in September 2018.

Friday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Washington Square Review Launch Reading
Diannely Antigua, Eric Gamalinda, and Jamie Quatro
Readings by contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal.

Diannely Antigua’s book Ugly Music, forthcoming from YesYes Books, was chosen for the 2017 Pamet River Prize. Eric Gamalinda recently published The Descartes Highlands (Akashic Books, NY), his fifth novel and his first to be published in the US, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Prize. Jamie Quatro’s debut novel, Fire Sermon, published in 2018 with Grove Press in the U.S., Picador in the U.K., and Anansi International in Canada.

Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Simon Armitage
Hosted by Nick Laird

Armitage is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Unaccompanied (2017); Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 (2014); Seeing Stars (2010); Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006); The Shout: Selected Poems (2005), which was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kid (1992), which won the Forward Prize; and his first collection, Zoom! (1989), a Poetry Society Book Choice.

Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Presents: New Works
Jericho Brown, Marwa Helal, and Kwoya Fagin Maples
Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation

Jericho Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019). Marwa Helal is the author of Invasive Species (Nightboat Books, 2019) and the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest. Kwoya Fagin Maples’ most recent poetry collection, Mend, was finalist for the AWP Prize and is forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky.

Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
West 10th Launch Reading
Guest Author Ken Chen

Readings by guest author Ken Chen and student contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s undergraduate literary journal. Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, co-founder of CultureStrike, and the author of Juvenilia, selected by Louise Gluck for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book
Michael Carroll, Sheila Kohler, Jerome Ellison Murphy, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Colm Tóibín, and Edmund Whit
Introduced by Anthology Editor Tom Cardamone

Michael Carroll won the 2015 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his collection, Little Reef and Other Stories. Sheila Kohler’s latest book, a memoir, Once We Were Sisters was published by Penguin in January 2017 and by Canongate in England in February and will come out in Spain. Jerome Ellison Murphy’s critical writing has been featured in LA Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary, Next Magazine and American Poets. His poetry appears at LitHub, The Awl, Narrative Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, and St. Sebastian Review. Angelo Nikolopoulos is the author of Obscenely Yours (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award and finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Colm Toibin’s novel Nora Webster, published in 2014, won the Hawthornden Prize, and his book On Elizabeth Bishop, published in 2015, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His ninth novel, House of Names, appeared in 2017. Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. His memoir The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading was published in June 2018.

Friday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading Series
Melissa Febos

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017).
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m.
NYU Veterans Writing Workshop
Special Guest Elliot Ackerman

Readings by participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which offers free classes to recent veterans. Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Green on Blue.

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Isabella Hammad, 2016-17 Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence
Introduced by Zadie Smith

The Axinn Foundation Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating student of exceptional promise. The Parisian is Isabella Hammad’s first novel and will be published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Grove Press in the US in 2019.

Friday, May 10, 7 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Undergraduate Reading
Spring students read their poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Saturday, May 11, 7 p.m.
Yusef Komunyakaa: A Celebration
Co-sponsored with the PEN World Voices Festival.

A reading by Yusef Komunyakaa and other special guests, preceded by a day of panels and talks at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. See for more information.
Note Location: NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South

Tuesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m.
Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Reading
Special Guest Deborah Landau

Deborah Landau teaches in and directs the NYU Creative Writing Program. Her fourth book of poems, Soft Targets, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon in 2019.
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. For more, visit

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