***These events have been canceled.***
The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2020 Reading Series continues in March with events featuring Susan Choi (March 12), Terrance Hayes (March 13), and Cathy Park Hong (March 26), 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).
Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Susan Choi and Julia Phillips
In conversation with Darin Strauss
Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010, she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Her fifth novel, Trust Exercise, won the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. Her first book for children, Camp Tiger, was also published in 2019. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn. Julia Phillips is the debut author of the nationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which is being published in 19 languages. It was a finalist for the National Book Award and was named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2019” by the New York Times. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Paris Review. In conversation with NYU Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.
Friday, March 13, 5 p.m.
Nonfiction and Poetry Reading
Lewis Hyde and Ed Pavlić
Hosted by Terrance Hayes
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His most recent book, A Primer for Forgetting (2019), explores the many situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory—in myth, personal psychology, politics, art, and spiritual life. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde taught creative writing and American literature for many years at Kenyon College. Ed Pavlić is the author of the novel Another Kind of Madness. Widely published as a poet, he is the author of the collection Visiting Hours at the Color Line, winner of the 2013 National Poetry Series, as well as several others, including Live at the Bitter End: A Trial by Opera, Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno, and Let It Be Broke (forthcoming in 2020). Pavlić teaches English at the University of Georgia. The event is hosted by Terrance Hayes, whose latest poetry collection American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. He is a senior faculty member of the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
The New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Cathy Park Hong
In conversation with Hari Kunzru
Cathy Park Hong’s book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings, will be published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House (US) and Profile Books (UK). She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University. In conversation with NYU Creative Writing Program faculty member Hari Kunzru. Kunzru’s most recent novel, White Tears, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Book Award. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin.
Friday, March 27, 5 p.m.
Gillian Conoley, John Murillo, and Lisa Olstein
Gillian Conoley is an American poet, translator and editor. Awarded the Shelley Memorial Award in Poetry for lifetime achievement in 2017 from the Poetry Society of America, Conoley is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her eighth book, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, was published by Nightboat Books in October 2019. Her book Peace was named a finalist for the LA Times Book Award in 2014. Her translation of three books by Henri Michaux, brought into English for the first time, appeared with City Lights the same year and was named one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 2014 by Publishers’ Weekly. John Murillo's first poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher 2010), was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was named by the Huffington Post as one of “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.” A graduate of NYU's MFA program in creative writing, his other honors include a Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the New York Times, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections published by Copper Canyon Press: Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, a Library Journal “Best Book of the Year” selection; Little Stranger, a Lannan Literary Selection; and Late Empire. She is a member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches in the New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers MFA programs. Olstein also serves as an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020) is her first book of creative nonfiction.