Creative Writing at The New School


2015 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

2015 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

The three finalists for The Story Prize, chosen from more than 70 short story collections published in 2015, will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award.

This year's finalists are:

There's Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter (Pantheon)

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (Random House)

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann (Random House)

Charles Baxter is a winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. There's Something I Want You to Do, features two stories that were selected for volumes of The Best American Short Stories. His five previous collections are Gryphon, Believers, A Relative StrangerThrough the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He has also published the novels The Feast of Love (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Soul ThiefSaul and PatsyShadow Play, and First Light. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Adam Johnson is the author of the story collection Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Johnson's other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. His previous books are Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

Colum McCann is the author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and two other short story collections, Fishing the Sloe-Black River and Everything in This Country Must, as well as the novels TransAtlanticLet the Great World SpinZoliDancerThis Side of Brightness, and Songdogs. His literary honors include the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. A contributor to The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

About the Judges

Anthony Doerr, the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, as well as two story collections Memory Wall (2010 winner of The Story Prize) andThe Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

Rita Meade is a public library manager who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Contributing Editor and Dear Book Nerd podcast host for Book Riot, reviews children's books for School Library Journal, and is the author of a forthcoming picture book Edward Gets Messy.

Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the former book critic for New York Magazine and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. She was the 2012 recipient of the National Book Critic Circle's Nona Balakian Prize and a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism.

The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner, who will be presented with a check for $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.

Co-sponsored by The Story Prize and The Creative Writing Program.

Cost: $14. Available only through The New School ticket office.


Cave Canem: Poets on Craft

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall

55 West 13th Street, Room I202, New York, NY 10011

Cave Canem presents: Kyla Dargan, Monica Ferrell, and Kyla Marshell.

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.

Kyle Dargan is the author of three collections of poetry: The Listening (2004), which won the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers(2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, and Logorrhea Dementia (2010). His poems and non-fiction have appeared in newspapers such as the Newark Star-Ledger, and journals such as Callaloo, Denver Quarterly, andPloughshares, among others. Former managing editor of Callaloo, Dargan is also the founding editor of the magazine Post no Ills. He earned his BA from the University of Virginia and MFA from Indiana University, where he was a Yusef Komunyakaa fellow and poetry editor of the Indiana Review. He is the Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington DC.

Monica Ferrell’s first collection of poems, Beats for the Chase, was published by Sarabande Books in 2008. Her first novel, The Answer is Always Yes, appeared from the Dial Press in May 2008. A former “Discovery”/The Nation prizewinner and Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Paris Review, Tin House, and other magazines and anthologies. She lives in Brooklyn.

Kyla Marshell’s poems and essays have appeared online and in print in Blackbird, Calyx, Eleven Eleven, Mythium, the November 3rd Club, PMS poem-memoir-story, SPOOK Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. Her poetry earned her an Academy of American Poets College Prize, Cave Canem and Jacob K. Javits fellowships, a Vermont Studio Center residency, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. More recently, Kyla has published essays, articles, interviews, and reviews in Gawker, the Guardian, REVIVE Music, Sarah Lawrence Magazine,, and Zora Magazine. Her writing has garnered recognition from, which in 2013, named her one of "7 Young Black Writers You Should Know." The lifestyle site called Kyla one of "3 Emerging Writers Carrying on the Torch of Maya Angelou." She is a graduate of Spelman College with a BA in English.

Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program and Cave Canem Foundation.

Cost: Free to all.

Writing and Thinking About the Critical Essay: Tina Packer and Nigel Gore

Writing and Thinking About the Critical Essay: Tina Packer and Nigel Gore

Wednesday, March 9, 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

Tina Packer will talk about Women of Will, her book about women in Shakespeare, performing scenes from the plays with her fellow actor Nigel Gore.

Tina Packer, one of the world’s leading authorities on Shakespeare’s work, is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is an actress, playwright, and author. Her book isWomen of Will: Following The Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays.

Nigel Gore received the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor for his portrayal of George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Publick Theatre in Boston. Recent work includes Richard in Richard III at Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Squeers, Hawke in Nicholas Nickleby at Lyric Stage Boston (Eliot Norton Outstanding actor nomination); Claudius in Hamlet at Prague Shakespeare Festival; Volumnia in Coriolanus at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, UK; Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra; Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (both with Shakespeare & Co.). Film: Last Knights. TV: seasons two and three of Brotherhood on Showtime. Mr. Gore is a founding member of AUREA, a performance ensemble whose mission is to explore the relationship between music and the spoken word. He is a published poet.

Moderated by Honor Moore, faculty, the Creative Writing Program

Sponsored by The Creative Writing Department.

Cost: Free to all.



The Disagreement Presents: "Here's Good News if You Have to Sleep on the Floor."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm

HiFi, 169 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009

The Disagreement presents, “Here’s good news if you have to sleep on the floor …” in the back room of The Hi-Fi Bar. We’ll start around 8. With:

Jill Capewell is a writer and copy editor living in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared on Joyland, Paper Darts, The Billfold and Nerve. She also co-curates and -hosts the long-running Pete’s Reading Series in Williamsburg.

Lynn Steger Strong‘s novel, HOLD STILL, will be published by Liveright/Norton in March 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Meredith Turits works in editorial at The Foundry at Time Inc. and as fiction editor for The Brooklyn Quarterly, and is the former senior literary editor at Bustle. Her culture writing and fiction has appeared in Vanity Fair, ELLE, The Paris Review Daily, the New Republic, Hobart, Joyland, Five Quarterly, and more. She is currently at work on a novel. Find her in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn or at @meredithturits.

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, the novel Nine Months, and the collection, Baby and Other Stories. Her forthcoming book on Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children is due out late 2016.

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Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space

Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM

208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011

Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space is a new anthology of poetry, essays, and visual art edited by Matthew Burgess and published by Secretary Press. Contributors reflect on enclosures from their own childhood—the closet, the fort, the tent of bed sheets, the inverted cardboard box—and explore their various meanings. Whether found or made, these spaces are often sites of privacy, of escape, of aesthetic or erotic self-discovery, and of queer self-identification. This event will include a reading from selected contributors and a short Q&A.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, Dissent, Bitch Magazine, and elsewhere. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers, and she is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University, MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Luis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. His work has also appeared in Tin House Magazine, Open City, H.O.W. Journal, and the Chattahoochee Review, among other publications. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program at The New School, where he teaches fiction and is the co-editor of The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, of the 2015 chaplet Interrupt, produced by Belladonna* Collaborative, and of Petition, winner of the 2014 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Competition. She is the recipient of two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants, a Teachers and Writers Fellowship, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Jason Zuzga is currently finishing a PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Other Editor of Fence and the author of the poetry collection HEAT WAKE to be published by Saturnalia Books in March 2016.

Lara Mimosa Montes is a writer based in Minneapolis and New York. Her poems and essays have appeared in Fence, Triple Canopy, BOMB, recaps, and elsewhere. She currently teaches feminist and queer theory at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Ian Hatcher is a writer, programmer, and sound artist living in NYC. He is the author of Prosthesis (Poor Claudia 2015), The All-New (Anomalous 2015), and, with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, co-creator of Abra, a conjoined artist’s book and iOS app supported by the Center for Book and Paper Arts (Columbia College Chicago). >

Ryan Skrabalak is a poet currently living in his hometown of Bethlehem, New York. You can find past works of his in Slice, Stone Canoe, The Brooklyn Review, By The Overpass, and the two zine series Having A Whiskey Coke With You and Post-Apocalyptic Poets of Deep Brooklyn. Would you like to be friends with him? Then we can stay up all night and listen to jazz music.

Margaret Douglas is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer currently studying at Brooklyn College. Selected as 2015 Rosen Fellow, Douglas is now experimenting with motion and poetry while hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and exploring the great wilderness areas of New England. Having grown up in New Hampshire, Douglas is an avid outdoorswoman and tent connoisseur. She now lives as close to Prospect Park as absurd rent costs will allow with her dog, Little Paw, and her cat, Guillermo.


Handwriting Gala

Saturday March 5, 2016 from 2:00 pm-7:00 pm

Pen + Brush Gallery, 29 E 22nd St, New York, NY

Join Handwritten for a full day of handwriting. Beginning with an intergenerational letter writing playshop, the day will ribbon into three talks on how and where handwriting is surfacing in the world today. And in just about every corner of the gallery, you'll find a project, organization, or movement to explore and enjoy. Oh, and a Stationary Station. Obviously. Come hand-write on the walls with us. Seriously. All over. You can see a full schedule here, and the Facebook event here.



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