Creative Writing at The New School


8d5e9aeeb13000b032f506346911713a516173b5The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Wollman Hall, The New School
65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement. Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program.
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program. Cost: Free to all.



photoRachel B. Glaser, Elizabeth Gaffney, & Miracle Jones: The Space Between Poetry and Prose

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126 Front St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Come see three incredible writers who cross the boundaries between poetry and prose! There will be snacks, drinks, and outstanding performances. Free to attend. Literally the most fun you can have on the night of Decemeber 10th at 7 pm!

Rachel Glaser received a BFA in Painting from RISD, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Umass-Amherst. She is the author of the short story collection "Pee On Water" and a poetry collection called "MOODS" (Factory Hollow Press), and the novel "Paulina and Fran" (Harper Perennial) and forthcoming from Granta Books in the U.K. in 2016.

Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young and, most recently, the translator of the YA novel You Can't See the Elephants by German writer Susan Kreller.  She is also the editor at large of the literary magazine A Public Space.

Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a Sagittarius. He is a very private person.


Macaulay Author Series Welcomes Rick Moody

Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street, New York, NY
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Acclaimed novelist Rick Moody will be discussing his new novel Hotels of North America.  The new work is a darkly comic portrait of a man revealed in the most unexpected of ways: through his online hotel reviews.

Following his reading, Moody will be joined for an interview by faculty member Darcey Steinke, acclaimed author most recently of the novel Sister Golden Hair, and co-editor with Moody of Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited.

The @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES offers unique previews of new work by the season’s best writers of fiction and nonfiction paired in conversation with distinguished interviewers. Held in the historic Macaulay building, each program is followed by a book signing and informal reception. Books are sold at the events.  For more information please visit: Event is open to the public.



The Oh, Bernice! Holiday Special And Dollar Store Secret Santa

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st Street, Queens, NY 11106

This year, get what you really want when you come to the Oh, Bernice! Holiday Special, where they'll be keeping the traditions people actually like alive with another year of reading from books they love, and Dollar Store Secret Santa.
Come on down for (possible) special performances by: Jolie Hale, Brian Matthew Kim, Ann Podracky, John Rice, The corpse of Bing Crosby, Keith Partridge in a pear tree, One of the three Alou Brothers, A bucket of tinsel with meatballs. And don't you forget about Dollar Store Secret Santa! Anyone who brings a wrapped present purchased from a Dollar Store can enter their grab bag giveaway—you have to give one to get one.  (It's the best worst present you'll ever get.)

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Sunday, December 13th, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
510 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Symposia Community Bookshop is hosting Poets’ Night Out for an evening of literary readings on the theme: Love & Other Mysteries

Louis Augustine Herrera, New School student and Book Bogglers Host has invited fellow writers from the MFA program at the New School to read from their recent works. There are still 2 slots open, so if you’d like to share a poem, a poetic passage from you prose or the work of an admired writer, contact Symposia to reserve your place in the line-up!

*SYMPOSIA COMMUNITY BOOKSHOP: a goodnatured non-profit bookstore offering a vast selection of experienced books that need a new shelf to call home and community-minded workshops and events!

  Alice Eve CohenAlice Eve Cohen at The National Arts Club

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015; 8:00pm
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Alice Eve Cohen, New School MFA alum and faculty member, will read from and sign copies of her memoir, The Year My Mother Came Back. Free and open to the public.


11051742_1034204793310004_9008945939673077637_o Rimes of The Ancient Mariner

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015; 6:00pm - Open Mic signup, 6:30 PM, curtain up
Three of Cups Lounge, 83 First Avenue @ 5th. Street, New York, NY

Rimes of the Ancient Mariner is an exciting monthly “Spoken Word” Open Mic venue for Performance Poets, Writers, Monologists Memoirists, Barroom Bards, and Storytellers. Curated and hosted by Phillip Giambri aka "The Ancient Mariner."

Normally the last Wednesday of every month but earlier in December to allow you to enjoy your holidays with family and friends. There are Fifteen Open Mic slots plus four featured performers. 21 and over only; $7 Admission

Featured "Silver Tongued Devils" for this month's reading:

Jerry T. Johnson is a writer from Danbury, Connecticut. He began writing in 1992, had one poem published, then took a break from writing to pursue a corporate career overseas. Nearly 20 years later, in 2013, Jerry started writing again. Since then he has published one poetry chapbook, “Good Morning 2015! An Inspirational Journey”. Jerry was featured by Great Weather for Media in the summer of 2015 and continues to develop his performance poetry skills in a variety of open mic venues in the New York City area.

Gabriel Don received her MFA in creative writing at The New School, where she served as Reading Series Coordinator and Chapbook Competition Coordinator. Born in Australia, she grew up in the Middle East and Singapore, and is presently based in New York City. She teaches writing at BMCC, City University of New York and has published fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Gabriel’s work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, A Minor, Westerly, Mascara Literary Review, The Legendary, Transtierros (translated into Spanish), LiveMag!, Gargoyle 62, 12, and Three Rooms Press MAINTENANT 9. She’s currently working on a book based on interviews with female authors. She’s read at KGB, Nuyorican Cafe, The New York City Poetry Festival, Gaslight and others. She’s appeared in the visual poems Unbound and Woman Without Umbrella, originated several reading-soiree series, editor on publication LIT and has received press for her writing Quiet Lunch ,Let Them Talk, Art Loves Her, Yes Poetry!, and Great Weather for Media.

Art Gatti won the CUNY-wide Dwight Durling Award for a Manuscript of Poetry in 1965. He’s published in The New Mexico Quarterly, America Sings, The East Village Other, PiF, The New York Hangover, And Then, Image9, Allegro and the international anthology, From Neza York to Nueva York—recently celebrated by the Mexican government and its NYC consulate in conjunction with The Poetry Society of New York. He chaired a poetry/fiction workshop at WestBeth and had a regular column, “Misadventures in Poetry,” in WestView News. An SDS community organizer right out of college, he was absent from the poetry scene for many years while engaged in journalism and editing. Through his screenwriting, he’s a member of the Producer-Writers Guild of America. Now, finally out of his self-imposed exile from poetry, he’s come crawling back to the Muse.

Duane Chivon Ferguson is an actor, poet, director, producer and filmmaker who has been involved in the NYC arts scene for the better part of 20 years. He has performed with numerous repertory companies within and outside of the United States and is currently a proud member of Wide Eyed Productions Theater Company. He has been featured on such networks as ABC, HBO, Nickelodeon among others. He is a proud poppa, child of the universe and owes his creative energy to his Trinidadian roots.


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