The Creative Writing Program will host virtual events in November featuring Claudia Rankine, Raven Leilani, and Susan Choi, among others.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2020 Reading Series continues in November with events featuring Claudia Rankine (November 6), Raven Leilani (November 13), and Susan Choi (November 20), among others.

All events are held via Zoom and are free and open to the public, with registration required. Zoom registration links for each event can be found on the program's website.

For more information, call 212.998.8816 or email

Friday, November 6, 8 p.m.
Claudia Rankine: Reading and Conversation
A virtual reading, conversation, and Q&A. Hosted by Terrance Hayes. Opening remarks by Deborah Landau.
Zoom Registration link

Claudia Rankine, who will join the NYU Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor in Fall 2021, is a recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship and the author of six collections, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, as well as three plays, including HELP, which premiered in March of 2020 at the Shed in New York City and The White Card, and the editor of several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her most recent book is Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf, 2020). Terrance Hayes’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float in The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). To Float in The Space Between was winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism and a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.  American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin won the Hurston/Wright 2019 Award for Poetry and was a finalist the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Hayes is a professor of English at NYU. Deborah Landau is the author of four collections of poetry: Soft Targets (winner of the 2019 Believer Book Award), The 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. She is a professor and director of the Creative Writing Program at NYU.

Friday, November 13, 8 p.m.
MFA Alumni Reading
Jameson Fitzpatrick, Raven Leilani, and Maura Roosevelt
Zoom Registration link

Jameson Fitzpatrick is the author of the poetry collection Pricks in the Tapestry (Birds, LLC, 2020) and the chapbooks Mr. & (Indolent Books, 2018) and Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications, 2014). A recipient of fellowships from the Pocantico Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts, Fitzpatrick now teaches in the Expository Writing Program at NYU. Raven Leilani's debut novel, Luster, was published by FSG in 2020. Her work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. Maura Roosevelt, the great-granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, has taught critical and creative writing at NYU and the University of Southern California. Her work has been published in places such as The Nation and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Baby of the Family was developed from a short story with the same title, which was published in Joyland magazine and given an award for “Most Read Story of 2014”.

Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Susan Choi: Reading and Conversation
A virtual reading, conversation, and Q&A with Susan Choi, hosted by Darin Strauss
Zoom Registration link

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. Darin Strauss is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, More Than it Hurts You as well as the NBCC-winning memoir, Half a Life, and the comic-book series, Olivia Twist. His new novel, The Queen of Tuesday—a mix of memoir and fiction that tells the story of Strauss' grandfather and Lucille Ball—was published by Random House earlier this year. A recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes, Strauss has written screenplays for Disney, Gary Oldman, and Julie Taymor. His work has been translated into 14 languages and published in 19 countries; he is a clinical professor at the NYU Creative Writing Program.

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