Creative Writing at The New School



Fiction Forum: Ben Lerner

Tuesday, April 19, 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

Ben Lerner is the author of the novels Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and 10:04 (2014). He has written several full-length poetry collections, including Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), won the Hayden Carruth Award, was chosen by Library Journal as one of the year’s 12 best poetry books, and was a Lannan Literary Selection.  Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.

Moderated by Helen Schulman, fiction coordinator, Writing Program.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

Cost: Free to all.


Cave Canem: New Works

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College

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 AnthologiesCrab 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.

Sponsored by the School of Writing and the Cave Canem Foundation.

Cost: Free.



Chapters Reading Series: Mia Alvar

Friday, April 15, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

General Society Library, 20 W 44th Street, New York, NY

Join us for the second installment of our 2016 CHAPTERS Reading Series! Electrifying, inspirational and fearless performances from our talented mentees and four professional, game-changing women writing today, all surrounding our (R)evolution theme on Fridays this spring.

Mia Alvar lives in New York City. Her first book, In the Country, a collection of short stories, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in June 2015.

A former Writer-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she has received support from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts and the Sarah Lawrence Seminar for Writers. Mia’s work has been cited for distinction in The Best American Short Stories and published in One Story, The Missouri Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States, she graduated from Harvard College and the School of the Arts at Columbia University.


The Writers Studio Celebrates The Kenyon Review

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at East 12th Street, New York, NY

Every year The Writers Studio pays homage to a literary journal supporting exciting, new writing. This spring, we will celebrate The Kenyon Review, which was founded by critic John Crowe Ransom back in 1939, and which has published early works by generations of important writers such as Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Pynchon, and Maya Angelou. The line-up will include novelists Lily Tuck (The News from Paraguay, The Double Life of Liliane), Laura van den Berg (The Isle of Youth, Find Me), and Dan Torday (The Last Flight of Poxl West), and poets Meghan O’Rourke (Half Life, The Long Goodbye), Kimiko Hahn (The Unbearable Hart, Brain Fever), and Kenyon Review Poetry Editor David Baker (Changeable Thunder, Never-Ending Birds).

Buy a $15 Strand gift card at the main floor registers or at the door in order to attend this event. Admit one.


RESCHEDULED!! Say Yes Rooftop Art Share April 16

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 pm

1013 Pacific St. Brooklyn, NY 11238

Say Yes is back on the roof for the first time in 2016. Join us for an evening of writing, music, comedy and more. Performances are followed by a live band and an all-night dance party
BYOB ///**FREE**

Performers Include:
Arti Gollapudi
Shauna Axelrod
Vienna Isabelle Rose
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Rae Sanni
Kaleef Robertson
Alexandra Franklin
Caleb Mason
Phillipe Martin

With the musical stylings of Abhay Singh & Foes// ( & the DJ masterwork of Mamoudou N'Diaye

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The Aspen Institute and Aspen Words New York Book Series: “The Art of World Building”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Roosevelt House at Hunter College, 49 East 65th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues), New York, NY

Featuring: Lev Grossman, Hannah Tinti, and Mark Tompkins moderated by Carole DeSanti, Vice President and Executive Editor at Viking Penguin

Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the international bestseller Codex and the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians Trilogy.

Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor and teacher. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is the recipient of numerous awards including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her new novel, The Twelve Bullets of Samuel Hawley, is forthcoming from Dial Press.

Mark Tompkins, a lifelong writer and patron of the literary arts, founded the Aspen Writers’ Network and serves on the board of the Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. The Last Days of Magic is his first novel.

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