The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2019 Reading Series concludes with events featuring Rigoberto González (Nov. 14), Mira Jacob (Nov. 15), and Jos Charles (Nov. 22), among others.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2019 Reading Series concludes with events featuring Rigoberto González (Nov. 14), Mira Jacob (Nov. 15), and Jos Charles (Nov. 22), 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 www.cwp.fas.nyu.edu. Subways: F, L, M (14th Street/6th Avenue); 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Friday, November 1, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Guest Author: Larissa MacFarquhar

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1998. Her Profile subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Mantel, Derek Parfit, David Chang, and Aaron Swartz, among many others. She is the author of “Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help.” 
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading 
Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Irène Mathieu, and Matthew Shenoda
Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation

Tsitsi Ella Jaji is a Zimbabwean poet and an American academic. Her poetry collection, Beating the Graves, was published in 2017 in the African Poetry Book Series at the University of Nebraska Press. She is an associate professor of English with a specialty in African and African American literary and cultural studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Irène Mathieu is a pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher and the author of three poetry collections—Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), which won Editor’s Choice for the Gatewood Prize; orogeny, which won the Bob Kaufman Book Prize; and chapbook the galaxy of origins. She serves as an editor for Muzzle Magazine and for the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s humanities section. Matthew Shenoda is a writer, professor, and university administrator. His debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press), was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and was winner of a 2006 American Book Award. He is also the author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone and most recently Tahrir Suite: Poems, winner of the 2015 Arab American Book Award.

Friday, November 8, 5 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation 
Maya Goldberg and John Wray
In conversation with Darin Strauss

Myla Goldberg is a bestselling novelist, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award, and recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant.  She writes and teaches in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Jason Little and their two daughters. John Wray is the author of critically acclaimed novels including Lowboy, The Right Hand of Sleep, and Canaan’s Tongue. He was named one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists in 2007. The recipient of a Whiting Award, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Rigoberto González
In conversation with Kimiko Hahn

Rigoberto González is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Book of Ruin (Four Way Books). His 12 novels of prose include two bilingual children’s books, three young adult novels, and the memoir Butterfly Boy. His awards include a Guggenheim, an NEA, The Poetry Center Book Award and the Before Columbus American Book Award for his memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa. Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections prompted by science. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.Y. Foundation for the Arts.

Friday, November 15, 5 p.m.
Graphic Memoir Reading
Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions.

Friday, November 15, 7 p.m.
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series
Guest Author: Kayleb Rae Candrilli

A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. Kayleb Rae Candrilli is a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award and is the author of “What Runs Over”, winner of the 2016 Pamet River Prize, with YesYes Books. What Runs Over was a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry and a finalist for the 2018 American Book Fest's best book award in LGBTQ nonfiction. Candrilli is also author of All the Gay Saints, winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize and forthcoming in 2020.
Note Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street

Monday, November 18, 7 p.m.
NYU Writes: A Celebration of Writers and Writing
Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Sharon Olds, and Zadie Smith
Hosted by Deborah Landau

An evening showcasing the world-class authors of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nick Laird, Sharon Olds, and Zadie Smith will read from recent works of poetry and prose. Hosted by program director Deborah Landau. Co-sponsored with the NYU Office of the Provost.
Note Location: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

Free tickets may be obtained here: https://nyuskirball.org/events/nyu-writes/

Friday, November 22, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Jos Charles and Ladan Osman 

Jos Charles is author of feeld, a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press).  In 2016 she received the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship through the Poetry Foundation. In 2015 she received the Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship. From 2013-2018 she served as the founding-editor for THEM lit, a trans literary journal. Ladan Osman is a Somali born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, winner of a Sillerman First Book Prize. Exiles of Eden, a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, was published by Coffee House Press in May 2019. Her work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, Rumpus, among others. Osman’s writing has been translated into over 10 languages.

Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m.
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
Chris Abani and Malcolm Tariq
Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. His work includes The Secret History of Las Vegas, and the poetry collections Sanctificum and There Are No Names for Red. He is the recipient of an Edgar Prize from the Mystery Writers of America, PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Award. Malcolm Tariq is from Savannah, Georgia, and is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), winner of the Cave Canem Prize, and Extended Play, winner of the 2017 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Contest.

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