Creative Writing at The New School


Breaking the Silence on Palestine

Breaking the Silence on Palestine

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

Room 510, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Writers Sinan Antoon, Ibtisam Azem, Teju Cole, and Jason Schneiderman read from the new anthology Extraordinary Rendition. Moderated by Zia Jaffrey, faculty, the MFA Creative Writing Program at The New School.

Sinan Antoon was born and educated in Iraq. He left after the 1991 Gulf War. He is a poet, novelist and translator and has published four novels and two collections of poetry. His writings have been translated to seven languages. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish's last prose book, In the Presence of Absence (Archipelago Books, 2011) won the 2012 American Literary Translators' Award. His translation of his second novel, The Corpse Washer, won the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Literary Translation. In 2003 he returned to his native Baghdad to co-direct the documentary About Baghdad. He is co-founder and culture editor of Jadaliyya. He is an associate professor at New York University.

Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian novelist and journalist. She was born in Taybeh, near Jaffa, and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later at Freiburg university (Germany) where she completed an MA in German and English Literature, and Islamic Studies. Her first novel, Sariq al-Nawm (The Sleep Thief) was published in 2011 and her second novel, Sifr al-Ikhtifaa (The Book of Disappearance) was published in 2014, both by Dar al-Jamal (Beirut, Lebanon). A translation is forthcoming in English. She is a senior correspondent in New York for the Arabic daily al-Araby al-Jadeed. She is also co-editor at Jadaliyya e-zine and editor of the Arabic page.

Teju Cole is a novelist, art historian, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. He was born in the U.S. in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, a national bestseller and New York Times Editors' pick; and a novel, Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Rosenthal Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Photography Critic for the New York Times Magazine, and will publish "Known and Strange Things," a collection of essays, in August 2016.

Zia Jaffrey is the author of The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India (Pantheon/Vintage). She has written cover stories, book reviews, and features for Vogue, The New York Times, The New York Times Book ReviewThe NationElleThe Washington PostSalon.comThe ProgressiveThe Village Voice, Mother JonesHarper's Bazaar, and other publications. She has also been a Senior and Consulting Editor in the magazine and book industries, and was a Contributing Editor at Elle, where she ran the front of the magazine, cultivated new voices, and commissioned and wrote literary features on third-world subjects. She has covered the Israel/Palestine conflict, Pakistan's politics, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, and AIDS in South Africa. She is currently writing a book about Muslim-Americans. She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at The New School.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source (forthcoming in March 2016, Red Hen Press, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award), Striking Surface (2010, Ashland Poetry Press, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize) and Sublimation Point (2004, Four Way Books). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (2015, Oxford University Press). He is the recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Award from American Poetry Review and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly and Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Sponsored by the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Cost: Free to all.

2015 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

2015 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

The three finalists for The Story Prize, chosen from more than 70 short story collections published in 2015, will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award.

This year's finalists are:

There's Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter (Pantheon)

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (Random House)

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann (Random House)

Charles Baxter is a winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. There's Something I Want You to Do, features two stories that were selected for volumes of The Best American Short Stories. His five previous collections are Gryphon, Believers, A Relative StrangerThrough the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He has also published the novels The Feast of Love (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Soul ThiefSaul and PatsyShadow Play, and First Light. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Adam Johnson is the author of the story collection Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Johnson's other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. His previous books are Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

Colum McCann is the author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and two other short story collections, Fishing the Sloe-Black River and Everything in This Country Must, as well as the novels TransAtlanticLet the Great World SpinZoliDancerThis Side of Brightness, and Songdogs. His literary honors include the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. A contributor to The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

About the Judges

Anthony Doerr, the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, as well as two story collections Memory Wall (2010 winner of The Story Prize) andThe Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

Rita Meade is a public library manager who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Contributing Editor and Dear Book Nerd podcast host for Book Riot, reviews children's books for School Library Journal, and is the author of a forthcoming picture book Edward Gets Messy.

Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the former book critic for New York Magazine and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. She was the 2012 recipient of the National Book Critic Circle's Nona Balakian Prize and a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism.

The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner, who will be presented with a check for $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.

Co-sponsored by The Story Prize and The Creative Writing Program.

Cost: $14. Available only through The New School ticket office.



Brooklyn Rail Fiction Appreciation 2.0 'If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?"

 Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Mercer Street Books & Records, 206 Mercer St, New York, New York 10012

Please join recent Brooklyn Rail contributors-Amanda K Davidson, Rob Stephenson, John Reed & Leah Umansky for the 1st in a series of readings at Mercer Street Books & Records.

AMANDA K. DAVIDSON is a writer who creates fiction, performances and essays. Her published work includes Arcanagrams: A Reckoning, Chapbook, Little Red Leaves (2014); The Space: Fragments for a Family, A Belladonna* chaplet (2014); and Apprenticeship, Prose chapbook, New Herring Press (2013).

ROB STEPHENSON lives in Queens, NY. He has been creating texts, drawings, paintings, music, performance, video, films, and installations for over thirty-five years. He is the author of the novel Passes Through (FC2/University of Alabama Press).

John Reed is the author of the novels, A Still Small Voice (Delacorte Press / Delta), The Whole (Simon & Schuster / Pocket / MTV Books), the SPD bestseller, Snowball's Chance (Roof Books / Melville House), All The World's A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin Books / Plume), and Tales of Woe (MTV Press); Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming from C&R Press (2016).

Leah Umansky Is the author of the forthcoming dystopian-themed Straight Away the Emptied World, out by Kattywompus Press in 2016, the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream , voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York. (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013).

hosted by Rail Fiction Editor Donald Breckenridge.



"Two Souls, Two Thoughts": The Art of African American History

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, btwn 66th & 67th streets, New York, NY

“Two Souls, Two Thoughts”: The Art of African American History brings together an amazing group of writers, artists, and thinkers to discuss and debate the unique and ongoing engagements they have with African American history in their work. Inspired by the Du Bois quote from which the phrase is plucked, we have invited singer Imani Uzuri, poet Carl Hancock Rux, artist Jasmine Murrell, photographer and historian Deborah Willis, and novelist Darryl Pinckney to speak with podcast host Stacia Brown about how their work reflects or refutes Du Bois’s groundbreaking idea.

See below for all of the information. Tickets are $15. If any students would like to attend, please contact the writing program about having a ticket purchased on their behalf.


Cate Marvin Poetry Reading at Pen & Brush

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pen and Brush, 29 E 22nd St, New York, New York 10010

Pen & Brush and the Mayapple Center have partnered to host a reading with award-winning poet Cate Marvin. A reception will follow.

Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing in Lesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, her third book of poems, Oracle, was released from W.W. Norton & Co. in March 2015.


Lyrics, Lit and Liquor Loves Games!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 8:30 pm-10:30 pm

HiFi, 169 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009

Lyrics, Lit and Liquor is comin' back with a fun-filled night of readings, music, and GAME-THEMED trivia! All For Free!
Hosted by Amanda Miller
Trivia by Amy Dupcak

Katie McKenna -
Trinity Tibe
David Olimpio
Christina Berke
Jenny Williamson-
Amy Dupcak
Amanda Miller

Jessica Delfino-
Adam Gustavson-

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.