The Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2020 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring Evie Shockley, John Freeman, and Khaled Mattawa, among others.

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2020 Reading Series continues in October with events featuring Evie Shockley (October 2), John Freeman, and Khaled Mattawa (October 16), 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 here can be found at

For more information, call 212.998.8816 or email

Friday, October 2, 8 p.m.
2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading
Chekwube Danladi (prizewinner), Nicholas Goodly (special guest), and Evie Shockley (prize judge)
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Chekwube Danladi is the author of Semiotics (Georgia, September 2020), selected by Evie Shockley as the winner of the 2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Nicholas Goodly, a writer and artist, is a finalist for the 2020 Jake Adam York Prize and recipient of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Evie Shockley, a professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, is the author of three books of poetry: a half-red sea (2006); the new black (2011), winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and semiautomatic (2017), which also won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Among her honors are the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, Stephen Henderson Award, Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Friday, October 9, 8 p.m.
Poetry Prize Reading
Adeeba Shahid Talukder (prizewinner) and José Angel Araguz and r. erica doyle (special guests)
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Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet, singer, and translator of Urdu and Persian poetry. She is the author of What Is Not Beautiful (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and her debut collection, Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved (Tupelo Press, 2020), is a winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. José Angel Araguz, an assistant professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, where he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Salamander Magazine, is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear, Small Fires, Until We Are Level Again, and, most recently, An Empty Pot’s Darkness. r. erica doyle’s debut collection, proxy (Belladonna* Books, 2013), won the 2014 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Her poetry and fiction appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom, From the Fishouse, Blithe House Quarterly and Sinister Wisdom. doyle is an administrator in the New York City public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender non-conforming people of color.

Friday, October 16, 8 p.m.
Writing into a Crisis: A Reading, Conversation, and Q&A
John Freeman and Khaled Mattawa
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John Freeman is the founder of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing, and executive editor of the Literary Hub. His books include How to Read a Novelist, The Tyranny of E-mail, and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as two collections of poems, Maps and The Park. He has also edited a trilogy of anthologies on inequality, including Tales of Two Americas and Tales of Two Planets. His work is translated into more than 20 languages and has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times. Poet Khaled Mattawa, who teaches in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan, has published several collections of poetry, including Mare Nostrum (2019), Tocqueville (2010), Amorisco (2008), Zodiac of Echoes (2003), and Ismailia Eclipse (1995). His forthcoming poetry collection is Fugitive Atlas (Graywolf Books, October 2020). He has translated numerous volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry, including Adonis's Concerto al-Quds (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) (2017), Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems of Amjad Nasser (2009), and Miracle Maker: Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (2004), in addition to coediting the anthologies Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Arab American Fiction (2004) and Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing (1999). Mattawa has been awarded several Pushcart Prizes and the PEN Award for Literary Translation, in addition to a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a MacArthur fellowship. Mattawa served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2014 to 2020.

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