Creative Writing at The New School


Writing for Children Forum: Kat Yeh

Writing for Children Forum: Kat Yeh

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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

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

Kat Yeh, author of the debut novel The Truth about Twinkie Pie, grew up reading, doodling, and scribbling in Westtown, Pennsylvania. She worked as a copywriter for many years in advertising and sports marketing, while writing poems and children's books in the wee hours of the night. She currently lives on Long Island where she spends any non-writing time being outside as much as possible and exploring all the bay and harbor beaches with her family. She has never cooked a meal without pretending to be the host of a TV cooking show.

Moderated by Caron Levis, writing for children adviser, faculty, The Creative Writing Program.

Cost: Free

Poetry Forum: Natalie Diaz

Poetry Forum: Natalie Diaz

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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

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

Natalie Diaz, author of When My Brother Was an Aztec, is a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes and attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to ODU for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie SchoonerIowa ReviewCrab Orchard Review, among others. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets and she has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.

Moderated by Mark Bibbins, faculty, the Creative Writing Program.

Sponsored by The Creative Writing Department.

Cost: Free



Object Lessons with Alison Kinney, Lydia Pyne, and Kim Adrian. Moderated by Emily Firetog, of Lit Hub.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

In short books and single essays writers begin with an object, from the quotidien to the abstract (a material thing, an historical event, a literary passage, a state of being), and animates it with a history, personal, scientific, mythological, or political. Join alum Alison Kinney (on the Hood), Lydia Pyne (on the Bookshelf), and Kim Adrian (on the sock) for a discussion and visual presentation on their specific object lessons, moderated by Emily Firetog, of Lit Hub.

Say Yes & Mental Marginalia at Pen and Brush

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 8:00 PM

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

Say Yes & Mental Marginalia bring Brooklyn to Manhattan for the opening week of Pen + Brush's "Literary Takeover."
There will be: art! poetry! music! and light refreshments! It's free!
Full list of performers TBA, but here are a few to get ya excited:Amy Lawless
La Bruja
Christie Ann Reynolds
Heeyen Park
Ruwa Alhayek
Jane LeCroy
Candice Lee


The Executioner, Unhooded: An Illustrated Lecture with Alison Kinney

Saturday, January 30th, 2016, 8:00 PM

Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

The hooded, masked executioner haunts the imagination and practice of capital punishment, from the artifact collections of the Tower of London and the Wellcome, to the state of Florida, whose executioner wears a supposedly “medieval” hood. But the historic record tells a different story of the death penalty, of a supposedly sinister and violent medieval past invented to conceal the machinations of modern violence and injustice. This illustrated talk will explore–and debunk–the invention of the executioner as hooded Grim Reaper, in art, in torture museum curation, and in the death chambers of the contemporary U.S.

Alison Kinney is a Writing Program alum and the author of Hood (Bloomsbury 2016), a cultural history of secrecy, suffering, and the hoods we all wear. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and other publications.


The HiFi Reading Series

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 8:00 PM

The HiFi Bar, 169 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

This installment of the HiFi Reading Series will showcase the talent of writers selected directly by the series organizers, Lena Valencia and Ryan Britt. On February 3rd, they’ll present rising stars Jennifer Blackman, Megha Majumdar, and Breonna Rodriguez, all reading new work across multiple genres. Your hosts Ryan and Lena will also read brand new writing of their own. RSVP here.

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