The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

The New York University Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2022 Reading Series continues in November and December with events featuring Wo Chan (Nov. 4), John Freeman (Nov. 10), Rio Cortez (Nov. 18), and Angie Cruz (Dec.1 ), 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. Attendees should be prepared to show a government-issued ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster. An RSVP is required (see links below) and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8816 or visit its website.

Friday, November 4, 5 p.m.
Kundiman New Books: Wo Chan, Sarah Thankam Mathews, Tanaïs, and Ryan Lee Wong
Co-sponsored with Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.
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Wo Chan who performs as The Illustrious Pearl is a poet and drag artist. They are a winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and the author of Togetherness (2022). Wo has received fellowships from MacDowell, New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, the Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, and Lambda Literary. Their poems appear in POETRY, WUSSY, Mass Review, No Tokens, The Margins, and elsewhere.

TANAÏS is the author of In Sensorium: Notes for My People and the critically acclaimed novel Bright Lines, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize. They are the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Tin House, and Djerassi. An independent perfumer, their fragrance, beauty, and design studio TANAÏS is based in New York City.

Sarah Thankam Mathews grew up between Oman and India, immigrating to the United States at age 17. She is a recipient of a Best American Short Stories 2020 award and of fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Iowa Writers Workshop. All This Could Be Different is her first novel.

Ryan Lee Wong was born and raised in Los Angeles, lived for two years at Ancestral Heart Zen Temple, and currently lives in Brooklyn, where he is the administrative director of Brooklyn Zen Center. Previously, he served as program director for the Asian American Writers Workshop and managing director of Kundiman. He has organized exhibitions and written extensively on the Asian American movements of the 1970s. Which Side Are You On is his first book.

Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Samiya Bashir and John Freeman

Samiya Bashir is a poet, writer, librettist, performer, and multimedia poetry maker whose work, both solo and collaborative, has been showcased in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Bashir is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Field Theories, winner of the 2018 Oregon Book Award Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry.

John Freeman founded the literary annual Freeman’s, the latest theme of which is animals. He's also an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. The author and editor of 11 books, he lives in New York City and hosts the California Book Club, a monthly discussion of a great work of literature from the Golden State for Alta magazine. His new book is Wind, Trees, a collection of poems. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m.
FENCE 40th Issue Celebration
Co-sponsored with FENCE
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Join Fence editors, contributors, and friends, including new Editorial Directors Emily Wallis Hughes and Jason Zuzga, Editor Emeritus Rebecca Wolff, Visiting Editor of Fence #40 and #41 Edgar Garcia, and contributors Adam Golaski, Harmony Holiday, and Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, to anticipate the release of Fence #40 and to celebrate the transition of Fence.

Friday, November 18, 5 p.m.
Poetry Reading: Ama Codjoe and Rio Cortez
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Ama Codjoe is the author of Bluest Nude. She is also the author of Blood of the Air, winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her honors include a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, and a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Codjoe’s work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry.

Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of picture books The ABCs of Black History (Workman, 2020) and The River Is My Sea (Simon & Schuster, 2024). Her debut poetry collection, Golden Ax, published by Penguin Poets in August, was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award.

Thursday, December 1, 7 p.m.
New Salon: Writers in Conversation
Angie Cruz and Adam Levin in Conversation with Darin Strauss
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Angie Cruz is the author of the novel Dominicana (Flatiron Books, 2019), a Good Morning America Book Club pick that the New York Times called “lovely” and “compelling.” Her other novels are Soledad (Simon & Schuster, 2001) and Let It Rain Coffee (Simon & Schuster, 2005), which was a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her new novel is How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water, published by Flatiron Books in September.

Adam Levin is the author of the novels The Instructions and Bubblegum, as well as the story collection, Hot Pink. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and Playboy. He has been a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award winner, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a National Jewish Book Award finalist. His latest novel, Mount Chicago, was published by Doubleday in August.

Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Emerging Writers Reading Series
Maya C. Popa with student readers, hosted by Christine Marella

The Emerging Writers Reading Series features four MFA students from a mix of genres reading alongside a headlining author. This reading will feature headliner Maya C. Popa, along with graduate student readers, and will be hosted by MFA candidate Christine Marella.

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of Wound is the Origin of Wonder (W. W. Norton, 2022) and American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize. She is also the author of the chapbooks, You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice, and Dear Life (Smith|Doorstop 2022). She received her MFA in poetry from the NYU Creative Writing Program.

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