Creative Writing at The New School

Cave Canem: Poets on Craft

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

cavecanemJoin the School of Writing for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May. Shaughnessy is the author of four collections of poetry, including Interior with Sudden Joy and So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called her Human Dark with Sugar “a brilliant, beautiful and essential continuation of the metaphysical verse tradition.” May is the author of Hum (2013), selected for The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013, and Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016), both published by Alice James Books. Of Hum, Natasha Trethewey says, “May has a fine ear, acutely attuned to the sonic textures of everyday experience.”

Fellow Jeremy Michael Clark moderates.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author, most recently, of So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Bomb, Boston Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker and elsewhere. The poetry editor at Tin Housemagazine, Shaughnessy teaches creative writing at Princeton University and Eugene Lang College at The New School.

Jamaal May’s poetry explores the tension between opposites to render a sonically rich argument for the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. He has worked as a hotel “AV guy,” freelance audio engineer/producer, and Inside Out Writer in Residence in Detroit Public Schools. With Tarfia Faizullah, he co-directs OW! Arts, an increasingly multimedia chapbook press founded under the notion that art can pay for the making of more art. His first book of poems, Hum (2013), won Alice James Books’ Beatrice Hawley Award and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award; the collection was a finalist for the Tufts Discovery Prize and an NAACP Image Award. Additional honors include a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Wood Prize from Poetry, an Indiana Review Prize, and fellowships from Lannan Foundation, The Stadler Center, The Kenyon Review, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. May’s second book of poems, The Big Book of Exit Strategies (Alice James Books, 2016), picks up where Hum left off, then wanders farther and wonders further.

This event is sponsored by The Creative Writing Program and Cave Canem Foundation and is free and open to all. Please click here for more information.


Writing and Thinking About the Critical Essay

jameswoodWednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

Writing and thinking about the critical essay, with James Wood.

James Wood is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University and a book critic at The New Yorker magazine. His most recent book is The Nearest Thing to Life, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.

Moderated by Honor Moore, faculty, the Creative Writing Program. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program. This event is free and open to all. Please click here for more information.


Best Online Editors Panel

boepFriday, December 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Starr Foundation Hall, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Join literary matchmaker Susan Shapiro in conversation with editors of top online magazines and newspaper sections to discuss how to publish your writing online.

Emma Allen, editor of Daily Shouts (and Talk of the Town assistant editor), Laura Bennett, Slate culture editor, Lisa Bonos, editor of Solo-ish, Lester Brathwaite, editor, James Dao, New York Times op-ed & Opinionator editor, Eli Reyes, Newsday & op-ed editor, Rachel Sanders, Buzzfeed culture editor.

Moderated by New School journalism professor Susan Shapiro, bestselling author of 10 books including What's Never Said, Unhooked, The Bosnia List, and Only As Good As Your Word. This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and is free to all on a first come, first serve basis. Please click here for more information.




Monday Night Poetry at KGB Bar - David Lehman + Elizabeth Powell

Monday, December 5, 2016 7-9 PM
85 East 4th Street, New York, NY

David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002). Among his books of non-fiction are Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library. He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, NY.

Elizabeth A. I. Powell is the author of The Republic of Self, a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry, chosen by Maureen Seaton, and will be published by Anhinga Press in 2016. In 2013, she won a Pushcart Prize. Powell has also received a Vermont Council on the Arts grants and a Yaddo fellowship. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing. Born in New York City, she has lived in Vermont since 1989 with her four children.

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Meet the Agents

cunyTuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave (btwn 34th & 35th) New York, NY

Ever wonder what literary agents do? Or why they have become so necessary to both budding and established writers? Want to meet agents? Join leading literary agents Chris Calhoun, Claire Anderson-Wheeler, Richard Morris and Eve Attermann as they discuss the do's and don'ts of publishing and answer the questions most frequently asked by writers about how to get published. Come hear them speak and tell you about their work, their lives, their careers, and their authors.

Cosponsored by the Writers' Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Free and open to the public. For more information please visit or call 212.817.2005 or e-mail



291 Church St.
New York, NY

Works on view from New School Alum Antonia Wright:






Robert Polito and Gregory Pardlo: Imagining Your Voice on the Page

December 16-December 19, 2016
The Garrison Institute
Route 9D at Glenclyff
Garrison, NY 10524

Join acclaimed poets Robert Polito and Gregory Pardlo for a transformative weekend of poetry and artistic exploration.

Composer Meredith Monk once proposed that the “human voice is the original instrument so you’re going back to the very beginning of utterance. In a way, it’s like the memory of being a human being.”

For contemporary poets also, voice similarly partakes of a dynamic conversation with earlier poetry (among other arts) across history, languages, cultures, and traditions. Yet few notions in poetry today prove as lively, elusive, and contested as voice, whether we approach voice as a metaphor for identity and personal style (“discovering” or “finding” your voice), or as the root material of poems (Robert Pinsky: “The medium of poetry is the human body….”), or the vital agent of poetry (Edward Hirsch: “The human voice…is the instrument of poetry….”), or even as a passé psychological contrivance for our current historical moment of multiple and fragmented selves (Marjorie Perloff: “One of the cardinal principles of American Language poetics…[is] the dismissal of ‘voice’ as the foundational principle of lyric poetry….”)

In this seminar, we read poems that explore these exciting and contrary approaches to voice, and then write our own new poems. We also listen to vocal music across a diversity of modern idioms and genres, including jazz, blues, rock, classical, and hip hop. Note: Meredith Monk will be conducting her own workshop at the Garrison Institute this weekend and will perform for us on Saturday evening as part of our program.

To register or learn more information about the seminar, please click here.
For information about earning a scholarship for the seminar, please click here.

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