CREATIVE WRITING EVENTS
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003
Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. This event features E. Ethelbert Miller, Jarita Davis, Camille Rankine.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a self-described “literary activist,” Miller is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, and has served as director of the African American Studies Resource Center at Howard University since 1974. His collections of poetry includeAndromeda (1974), The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles (1974), Season of Hunger / Cry of Rain (1982), Where Are the Love Poems for Dictators? (1986), Whispers, Secrets and Promises (1998), and How We Sleep on the Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004). Miller is the editor of the anthologies Women Surviving Massacres and Men (1977); In Search of Color Everywhere (1994), which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection; and Beyond the Frontier (2002). He is the author of the memoir Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000). The mayor of Baltimore made Miller an honorary citizen of the city in 1994. He received a Columbia Merit Award in 1993 and was honored by First Lady Laura Bush at the White House in 2003. Miller has held positions as scholar-in-residence at George Mason University and as the Jessie Ball DuPont Scholar at Emory & Henry College.
Jarita Davis is a poet and fiction writer who earned a BA in Classics from Brown University and both an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Her work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Historic Nantucket, Cave Canem Anthologies, Crab Orchard Review, Plainsongs, and Tuesday; An Art Project. She was the writer in residence at the Nantucket Historical Association and has received fellowships from the Mellon Mayes program, Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. In addition, she was awarded both a Woodrow Wilson Travel Research Grant and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Grant.
Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published by Copper Canyon Press in the fall of 2015. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She was selected for a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2013, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, editorial director of The Manhattanville Review, and lives in New York City, where she sings with the band Miru Mir.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 am
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003
Honoring the best books of 2015, the Publishing Triangle presents the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction.
The Publishing Triangle partners with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards to present the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction. The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Leadership Award are also presented.
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
Politics and letters come together for an evening of readings by Jeff Smith,Natalie Diaz, Matt Bell, and student contributors to 12th Street, the undergraduate journal of The Riggio Program: Writing and Democracy at The New School.
Jeff Smith is Assistant Professor at The New School's Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. He teaches and researches political campaigns, urban political economy, incarceration, policy advocacy, and the legislative process, and has won several awards for his teaching.
Jeff served in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009, representing St. Louis City, where he co-founded a group of charter schools called the Confluence Academies. He has written two books as well an an e-book: Trading Places, his Ph.D. thesis on U.S. partisan realignment from 1975-2004, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison (St. Martin's, 2015), a narrative nonfiction account of his time in prison, and Ferguson in Black and White, an historical analysis of the roots of Ferguson, Missouri's unrest. He has published research in various political science journals, and contributed chapters to three edited volumes. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, CNN.com, The Atlantic, Inc., National Journal, Salon, Politico Magazine, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and the Chicago Tribune.
Jeff frequently addresses audiences of public officials on ethics in politics and criminal justice reform, and his TED talk on prison entrepreneurship has been viewed over a million times. The film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which was short-listed for an Academy Award, chronicled his youth-powered grass-roots congressional campaign. He currently serves on the national advisory boards of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and American Prison Data Systems.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection,When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program and splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.
Natalie Diaz is a current Hodder Fellow at Princeton. She also lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.
Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novel Scrapper, a Michigan Notable Book for 2016. His previous novel, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two collections of fiction and a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other publications. His next story collection, A Tree or a Person or a Wall, will be published in Fall 2016. A native of Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Brian Blanchfield is the author of two full-length books of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World, (Nightboat Books, 2014), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. He is also the author of Proxies, a collection of essays–part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography–forthcoming from Nightboat in early 2016. He is the recipient of a 2015-16 Howard Foundation Fellowship, and his work has appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, A Public Space, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Brick, Conjunctions, Guernica, The Awl, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines.
Moderated by Robert Polito, professor, the Creative Writing Program.
Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Susan Wheeler is the author of several books of poetry and the novel Record Palace (Graywolf, 2005). Her first collection, Bag ‘o’ Diamonds (University of Georgia Press, 1993), was chosen by James Tate to receive the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her other collections are Smokes (Four Way Books, 1998), Source Codes (Salt, 2001), Ledger (University of Iowa Press, 2005), and Assorted Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009), which includes poems from her first four books, and Meme (Iowa, 2012). Her poems have appeared in eight editions of the The Best American Poetry series, as well as The Paris Review, New American Writing, Talisman, The New Yorker and many other journals. Wheeler’s awards include the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Wheeler has taught at The New School, the University of Iowa, NYU, Rutgers, and Columbia University, and is currently on the Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University.
Moderated by Patricia Carlin, faculty, The Creative Writing Program.
Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program.
OTHER EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003
Chloe Caldwell (Women and I’ll Tell You In Person)
Anna North (The Life and Death of Sophie Stark)
Emily Schultz (The Blondes and Spending the Stephen King Money)
Jenny Zhang (Dear Jenny, We Are All Find)
Moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald (Books editor, Buzzfeed)
Presented by Joyland Magazine
In 2013 actress Anna Gunn wrote in the New York Times about the mass online anger directed at the character she played on Breaking Bad. She had realized “most people’s hatred of Skyler White had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives.” This panel of novelists and essayists will talk about the onus of likeability placed on women and whether women are allowed to be flawed, in fiction and life.
Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella, Women, and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray. Her upcoming essay collection, I’ll Tell You In Person, will release fall of 2016 from Coffee House Press & Emily Books. Her work has appeared in VICE, Salon, The Rumpus, Nylon, The Sun Magazine, Jewcy, and Men’s Health. She lives in Hudson, New York.
Anna North is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, Nautilus, and Salon; on Jezebel and BuzzFeed; and in the New York Times, where she is a member of the editorial board. The author of the novels America Pacifica and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Emily Schultz is the co-founder of Joyland Magazine, host of the podcast Truth & Fiction, and creator of the blog Spending the Stephen King Money. Schultz’s newest novel, The Blondes, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015 and will be available in paperback from Picador. It was selected for NPR as a Great Read of 2015 and Kirkus declared it a Best Fiction Book of 2015. She lives in Brooklyn.
Jenny Zhang is a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer who has published work in Bomb, Iowa Review, the Hairpin, Glimmertrain, Buzzfeed, Rookie, and Poetry Magazine. Her poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find was released from Octopus Books, and her forthcoming collection of short stories will be published by Random House in 2017. Her essay "How It Feels" was nominated for a National Magazine award. She was born in Shanghai and raised in New York. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Moderator Isaac Fitzgerald is the books editor of Buzzfeed and co-founder of Pen & Ink.
Buy a copy of one of the panelists' books or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Lougheed Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College, 125 NY-340, Sparkill, NY 10976
St. Thomas Aquinas College presents the Writes @ Work Spring 2016 Series featuring author Michael Goldstein.
Michael Goldstein is expecting to receive his Creative Writing MFA from the New School in 2016. In 2013, he graduated from Clark University with a B.A. in English, and a specialization in Creative Writing. He has had a passion for the Japanese folkloric beings called Yokai for many years, and his illustrated books, Omagatoki: When Yokai Emerge, and the Yokai Character Collection best demonstrate his interest and knowledge, with their wide galleries of monsters stemming from the past. Michael currently works as a freelance writer, providing art event reviews and miscellaneous cultural articles for The Artists Forum on-line magazine and Chopsticks NY respectively.
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 208 W 13th St, Rm 210, New York, New York 10011
TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
Origin Stories is the theme of the twenty-third installment of TELL. Featuring Bobby Hankinson, Winter Laike, Victoria Libertore, and Parrish Turner.
$10 suggested donation - no one turned away for lack of funds
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at BGSQD. Check her out online! www.draecampbell.com.
Brooklyn-based writer and comedian Bobby Hankinson is the host and producer of monthly LGBTQ comedy and storytelling show Kweendom. He's immersed himself in the queer experience as a columnist for leading LGBTQ website Towleroad.com, as a nationally touring member of "Awkward Sex and the City" storytelling troupe and by banging dudes on the regular. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle and Brokelyn.com.
Winter Laike is a queer musician, storyteller, son, brother, future boyfriend, and less-notably Original Plumbing's 2013 Mr. Transman NYC. His most recent work includes a collection of songs based on Craigslist missed connections, a rock opera inspired by a series of dreams, and television recaps for Vulture.com. When he's not writing music, Winter enjoys riding his bike, making not-your-mother's Rice Krispie treats, playing with puppies, and eating all of the pizza and donuts and ice cream.
VICTORIA LIBERTORE is a performer, writer, teacher, emcee and curator. She is the creator of seven solo shows: Camille: The Forgotten Artist, stalk(her), The Should Dream, My Journey of Decay, GIRL MEAT, No Need for Seduction and This Is My Last Attempt At Fame. She has collaborated with Jennifer Tuttle, Ryan Kipp, Leigh Fondakowski, Rosalie Purvis, Jen-Scott Mobley, Shelley Butler-Hyler, Ryan Migge, Rebecca Feldman, Kimberly I. Kefgen, and Sara Laudonia. She has performed her work throughout NYC over the last 18 years in venues such as Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Carolines on Broadway, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, New Dance Alliance, PS122 as well as in Boston, Chicago, Hastings, Montreal, Philadelphia, Provincetown, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Libertore teaches workshops in NYC and at colleges across the country on how to make your own original performance incorporating intuition, movement and archetypes. Libertore is passionate about encouraging other artists to create their own work and has curated dozens of local and a few international artists with backgrounds in performance, variety arts, music, comedy and dance. She has emceed in clubs, at events, on the boardwalk, in parks and at private parties as a faux Liza Minnelli where she utilizes her improvisational skills to make "people laugh so hard that their faces hurt." She was a Humana Festival finalist for her short play Monster and Lola. Libertore was a 2008 - 2010 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Theater Artist in Residence and she has a BFA in theatre from Otterbein University where she recently received a Young Alumni Award for Creative Achievement. She is currently working on her first book entitled Should I Do My Laundry or Crawl into an Open Grave? A Guide for Living. www.howlingvic.com
Parrish Turner is the kind of guy who will tell you he knows what he is doing. That is until further questioning. But aren’t we all kind of making it up as we go along? Speaking of made up things, Parrish tends to write nonfiction. Although he is also a playwright because he likes putting words into other people’s mouths. He is a writer, essayist, playwright, occasional cook, and lover of terrible gay films. His credits include Lambda Literary Fellow in Nonfiction in 2014 and four year participant in the Georgia Southern Ten-Minute Play Festival. He currently works in children’s publishing during the day and attends the New School in the evening for an MFA which will probably get him nowhere. But it did help him get out of Georgia, so there’s that.
Saturday, April 22, 2016 at 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wolff Conference Room, 11th Floor, 6 E 16th St, 10003, NY
Reserve your free ticket or donation ticket here: http://bit.ly/1U7N0VH
Students, researchers and teachers from all disciplines and institutions with an interest in this subject are warmly welcomed.
What is the relationship between lyrical and political formats of articulation? Was Plato right to exclude poets from the polis? How are meter and logic related? What is the future of articulating the language of societal developments? Is there still “an old quarrel” between philosophy and poetry?
This one-day gathering seeks to discuss at length the form that articulation takes when the subject of articulation is the city. Styled as a ‘working group’ in which a plurality of proposals and imaginative suggestions can be accommodated, participants from all academic levels are invited to contribute to a discussion centered around the lyric and the polis.
APPLY TO SPEAK
Send us a 200-word abstract by March 12th to be considered for a speaking role. Delegates occupying professional, or post-doctoral positions and above will be offered roles a keynote speaker.
Conference delegates should prepare to speak for 15-20 minutes. Contributions can take the form of an academic paper OR a piece of creative writing. Contributors may want to take any of the following topics into consideration when submitting abstracts-
Poetics & realpolitik
The lyrical & the logical
Descriptions of truth
Lyrical & rhetorical strategies in text
Politicians who wrote poetry
Censorship & open access
Poetry, religion & statehood
Poetry & political movements
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
203 MacDonough St, Brooklyn, NY
The fifth Poet's Country reading will rise out of earth like a raucous daffodil on Saturday 23rd April at 8pm. As always, we aim to bring together new work from MFA students at colleges across the city.
This reading follows, and is held in conjunction with, the Bureau of Imaginative Proposals, a one day working group for poetry and political theory at The New School.
For this reading, we are recolating to 203 MacDonough st, Brooklyn and hope to see you there. There'll be music, drinks and mingling to be had from dusk 'till somewhat later than that.
All very welcome; please feel free to bring friends, lovers and a fine vibe or two.
– Nicole Lachat
The New School
– Taylor Lannaman
– Lily Blacksell
– Beca Alderete
& more to be announced
Also featuring Trochee Trochee
We're ready and rearing with witty and subversive hashtags at @poetscountry - tweet to us!
Monday, April 25th. 2016 at 7:00pm
The Alchemist's Kitchen, 24 E 1st St, New York, New York
The Inquisitive Eater invites you to an evening of barbed love poems and suspicious tonics.
Emeritus Poets of the month Lynne Procope, John Reed and Sean Singer will poeticize from current delectables, and prep the palate. $12 advance ticket includes one state-changing elixir. Or $17 at the door. Hosted by Laura Cronk.
Laura Cronk is the author of Having Been an Accomplice from Persea Books. She coordinates the Summer Writers Colony and other programs for writers at The New School in New York and is the poetry editor for Inquisitiveeater.com.
Lynne Procope is a Cave Canem fellow and a former National Poetry Slam champion. She is co-author of the collaborative collection, Burning Down the House (Soft Skull). She is curator of the Gaslight Salon Series, managing editor of Union Station Magazine and executive director of the louderARTS Project.
John Reed is the author of A Still Small Voice, The Whole, the SPD bestseller, Snowball's Chance, All The World's A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare , Tales of Woe ; and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming from C&R Press.
Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; and Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015).
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm
The West BK, 379 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211
As T.S. Eliot once wrote: "April is the coolest month."
This month's lineup:
Randy Brown Winston
Alex Lanz's prose has appeared in The Seventh Wave and is forthcoming in The Oregon Quarterly. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, received his bachelor's in history from Willamette University and is pursuing a master's in Creative Nonfiction at the New School.
Precious Okoyomon is a multi-media artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her poems have appeared, in Monster House Press, Dark Fucking Wizard, Leste mag ,FanZine and elsewhere. Her first poetry book Ajebota comes out in May from Bottlecap press. Her aloe plant is dying and she doesn’t know how to save it.
Holly Melgard is the author of the Poems for Babytrilogy (2011), The Making of The Americans (2012), Black Friday (2012), and Reimbursement (2013). She co-edits and book-designs for Troll Thread Press, is dissertating in the Buffalo Poetics Program, is teaching writing at CUNY, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
Lawrence Kaplun's poems have appeared in the Gay & Lesbian Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sonora Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. He lives in Manhattan.
Randy Brown Winston is a gentleman and a world renowned milkshake scholar. He writes about death, religion, and politics in times unknown, and worlds afar, but much like our own.
Manhattanville Reading Series 4/26: Lincoln Michel, Kyle Lucia Wu, Annabel Graham, and Julia Phillips
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Manhattanville CoffeeShop, 167 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Hope you can join us for great lit and brews at the 4th edition of the Manhattanville Reading Series, a monthly happening for emerging writers at Crown Heights cafe Manhattanville Coffee.
April's featured reader is innovative short fiction star and Electric Literature editor-in-chief Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts). He'll be joined by up-and-comers Kyle Lucia Wu (Joyland, The Rumpus), Annabel Graham (Atticus Review, Corium), and Julia Phillips (The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly).
Manhattanville is a sister series to Crown Heights's long-running lit event, the Franklin Park Reading Series. If you're interested in reading at an upcoming event, please send 3-5 pages of prose and a short bio to email@example.com. We're seeking writers who've published work online or in print but haven't yet released a book.
Manhattanville Reading Series
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30-9pm
167 Rogers Ave, at the corner of St. Johns
Brooklyn, NY 11216
More on our authors:
LINCOLN MICHEL is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, NOON, Tin House, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and elsewhere. He's the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories, and the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction.
KYLE LUCIA WU is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work has appeared in Joyland, The Rumpus, and Interview Magazine, among other places. She is the managing editor of Joyland.
ANNABEL GRAHAM is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, filmmaker and artist. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in CutBank, Cosmonauts Avenue, Corium, and Atticus Review, among other places. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Autre, Surface, and Out of Order. A finalist for the 2015 Montana Prize in Fiction and the 2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Prize, she is the assistant fiction editor of No Tokens.
JULIA PHILLIPS has published short stories in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and the Antioch Review. A Fulbright grant recipient in Creative Writing, Pushcart Prize nominee, and finalist for the Glimmer Train Short-Story Award for New Writers, she lives in Crown Heights.