Creative Writing at The New School

Charles M. Blow of the New York Times visited The New School on Wednesday, September 25, for an unforgettable Riggio Forum hosted by Greil Marcus.

Blow, who is the visual Op-Ed Columnist for the Times, opened the forum by reading his much-discussed Op-Ed from July 15, 2013, "The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin." He then discussed his close connection with the Martin family, as well as his surprise that the seemingly small, local story garnered so much national attention.

The forum continued as Greil Marcus asked Blow to talk about his education as a journalist, and how it is that he rose from a small paper in Louisiana to such a prestigious position at the Times.

Watch full video of the forum below:

Charles M. Blow is the is the visual Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. As the graphics director and design director for news, his leadership has led the paper to win multiple awards for news design and info-graphics. Mr. Blow was previously the art director for National Geographic Magazine.

Greil Marcus is a distinguished visiting professor at The New School. Each fall, he curates and hosts 4 events connected to the mission of the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy and the rich intersections of writing, music and cultural criticism.


About The Author

Justin Sherwood's poems and essays have appeared in H_NGM_N, ILK Journal, The Poetry Project Newsletter, New Criticals, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at The New School, where he was selected for the 2012 Paul Violi Prize in Poetry. Find him on Twitter at @JustinSherwood