The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2019 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring Terrance Hayes, Maaza Mengiste, and Ocean Vuong.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2019 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring Terrance Hayes (October 4 & 24), Maaza Mengiste (October 10), and Ocean Vuong (October 17), 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, October 3, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Deborah Landau and Matthew Zapruder

Deborah Landau teaches in and directs the NYU Creative Writing Program. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Soft TargetsThe Uses of the Body, and The Last Usable Hour, all Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Father’s Day, new from Copper Canyon in September. His other books include the poetry collection Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” and Why Poetry, a book of prose.

Friday, October 4, 5 p.m.
Cave Canem: Poets on Craft
Toi Derricotte and Terrance Hayes
In conversation with Elizabeth Alexander
Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation

Toi Derricote’s books of poetry include The Empress of the Death House (1978), Natural Birth (1983), Captivity (1989), Tender (1997), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011). She has also published a collection of prose, The Black Notebooks (1997), which won the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction. Terrance Hayes’s latest poetry collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, 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 and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. His other books are LightheadWind in a BoxHip Logic, Muscular Music, and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight. The recipient of numerous honors and fellowships, he is a senior faculty member of the NYU Creative Writing Program. Elizabeth Alexander is president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009 and is author or co-author of 14 books. Her book of poems, American Sublime, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2006, and her memoir, The Light of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2015.

Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Kiran Desai and Maaza Mengiste
In conversation with Darin Strauss

Kiran Desai is the author of The Inheritance of Loss, winner of the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award, and Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. Maaza Mengiste’s debut novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, and other publications. Her second novel is The Shadow King (W. W. Norton, September 2019). The event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.

Friday, October 11, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Timothy Donnelly, Sally Wen Mao, and Jana Prikryl

Timothy Donnelly’s most recent poetry collection is The Problem of the Many (Wave Books, October 2019). He is also the author of The Cloud Corporation, which won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit. Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium and Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019). Jana Prikryl is the author of The After Party, which was one of the New York Times’ “Best Poetry Books of the Year”. Her new book is No Matter (Tim Duggan Books, July 2019).

Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Ocean Vuong
In conversation with Darin Strauss
Co-sponsored with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, was published by Penguin Press in June 2019. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times “Top 10 Book of 2016”, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Vuong is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The event is hosted by NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss. 

Friday, October 18, 5 p.m.
NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Poetry Reading
Lisa Andrews, Ryan Black, Emily Wallis Hughes, and Christine Larusso

Lisa Andrews is the author of Dear Liz (Indolent Books, 2016). Ryan Black is the author of The Tenant of Fire (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Emily Wallis Hughes is the author of Sugar Factory (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), which includes a series of paintings by Sarah Riggs in collaboration with her poems. Christine Larusso is the author of There Will Be No More Daughters.

Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m.
A Reading by the Academy of American Poets Chancellors
Presented by the Academy of American of American Poets

An Evening with the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. With Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe, Khaled Mattawa, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, David St. John, and Natasha Trethewey. Please register here:

Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Washington Square Review Launch Reading
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chase Berggrun, and Hannah Tinti

Readings from the Fall 2019 issue of Washington Square Review, the NYU Creative Writing Program’s award-winning literary journal. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the author of the bestselling short-story collection, Friday Black, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet and author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Her work has appeared in Poetry, APR, jubilat, Poem-a-Day, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the NYU Creative Writing Program. Hannah Tinti is the author of the story collection Animal Crackers as well as the novels The Good Thief and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, a national bestseller. She teaches creative writing at the NYU MFA program and is co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine. 

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