Creative Writing at The New School


SOLD OUT–2015 National Book Awards Reading

SOLD OUT–2015 National Book Awards Reading

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

This event is now sold out.  It will be available via livestream here.

On the eve of the 2015 National Book Awards ceremony, The New School hosts a reading with the finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People’s Literature.

Sponsored by the National Book Foundation and the Creative Writing MFA Program. Tickets are $10.

LIT # 26 Launch

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College

65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

Join us for a reading in celebration of the launch of Issue 28 of LIT, the School of Writing graduate program literary journal, featuring Jeremy Bloemeke, Henry Finch, Delia Pless and a talk by the artist James Viscardi.

Hosted and sponsored by the School of Writing. Free to all.


From Unnamed Caves to Unknown Bards: Travels in the American Cultural Underground


Wednesday, November 11, 2015 7:00 PM

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

In the third installment of Culture Reinvents Itself: Conversations with Greil Marcus, journalist and essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan speaks with author Greil Marcus (Music, The Graduate Center, CUNY).

John Jeremiah Sullivan is the 2015 the recipient of the Windham and Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction, and perhaps the most adventurous and persistent journalist and essayist in America today. In his celebrated 2011 collection Pulphead, he redrew the map of American culture, giving a language to unheard or silenced voices—a quest he is continuing with the forthcoming The Prime Minister of Paradise, on the utopian Christian Priber, who in 18th century Georgia founded the now-forgotten community of Europeans, Africans, and Cherokee he called Paradise. As much as anyone writing today, Sullivan understands that the American story remains an untold story, and his work passes on to the reader the special thrill of discovering worlds one never suspected existed at all.

Greil Marcus is the author of Mystery Train (1975),Lipstick Traces (1989), and other books, including, this fall, Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations(Harvard) and Real Life Rock (Yale).

Warscapes Public Lecture Series: Poetic Responses to Torture

Warscapes Public Lecture Series: Poetic Responses to Torture
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
to 8:30 pm 

UL104 (lower level) University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Torture can make the world contract until there is no consciousness but that of pain. How, then, can we use poetry, which expands our understanding of the world, to describe this deprivation of humanity? In light of the systematic abuses described in the "Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA Torture," and of government complicity in torture throughout the world, The New School presents a panel entitled "Poetic Responses to Torture." In this panel, poets will explore the connections between poetry, narrative, news, bodies, public policy, and torture.

Participants include:

Sinan Antoon: Iraqi poet, novelist, scholar, translator and associate professor at New York University. He has published two collections of poetry in Arabic and one collection in English: The Baghdad Blues. His novels include I`jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody and The Corpse Washer.

Nathalie Handalpoet and playwright born in Haiti to a Palestinian family, and is the author of four books of poetry, several plays, and the editor of two anthologies. Her works of poetry include The Neverfield Poem (1999), The Lives of Rain (2005), Love and Strange Horses (2010),Poet in Andalucía (2012) and she is editor of the anthology, The Poetry of Arab Women (2001).

Vanessa Place: poet and criminal defense attorney. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence (2005), a novel-in-verse; La Medusa (2008); and Boycott (2013). She co-authored Notes on Conceptualisms (2009) with Robert Fitterman and is the author of the legal analysis The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality, and Law (2010). She also co-directs Les Figues Press.

Moderated by Noam Scheindlin, a poet and literary theorist. His volumes of poetry include The Proper Conditions for Flight (G-Train Books) and Unorganized Territory (Ten Pell). He is currently Associate Professor at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY and the Poetry Editor for Warscapes magazine.

Organized by Bhakti Shringarpure, editor-in-chief of an online magazine called Warscapes(

This event is hosted by the Ethics, Power, and Justice curricular area within the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

The Writers Studio Celebrates The Pushcart Prize's 40th Anniversary and the release of the Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses 2016

Friday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM

Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street (between Greenwich St. and Washington St.), New York, NY

The Writers Studio will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pushcart Prize with a stellar line-up, including fiction writers Zadie SmithColum McCann, and Ben Marcus; poets Sharon Olds and Philip Schultz; poet/memoirist Mary Karr; and poet/novelist and President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jonathan Galassi. Pushcart Prize's founder and editor Bill Henderson will introduce the evening. Ten dollars at the door.

Greenlight Poetry Salon: Mahogany Browne, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and others

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Monday, November 16, 2015 7:30-9:00 PM

Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Created by Greenlight’s own Angel Nafis, Greenlight’s quarterly Poetry Salon welcomes locally and nationally celebrated poets. Join us for a very special evening with poets Mahogany L. Browne, celebrating her new collection Red Bone, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths with her newest collection, Lighting the Shadow. Check the Events page on our website for updates on the featured poets. More information here.

Writing the Self: Heidi Julavits, Maggie Nelson, and Sarah Manguso


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017

Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts), Sarah Manguso (Ongoingness: The End of a Diary), and Heidi Julavits (The Folded Clock) have written three of the most critically acclaimed books of the year. Filled with meditations on time, motherhood, identity, and desire, each volume seems to be in conversation with the other two, while still being wholly original and groundbreaking. The authors will come together for an evening of discussion about their often intensely personal work and how they turn a critical eye on themselves. See more here.

Risk of Discovery Reading Series

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Astoria Coffee, 30-04 30th St, Astoria, New York 11102

This FREE poetry open mic and show led by alum Micah Zevin opens its caffeinated doors at 7:30 for a 30 minute workshop. Participants will be given creative prompts to stimulate the writer's poetic noodle. Following the workshop, any and all other poetic enthusiasts, singers, songwriters, rappers, acoustic guitar players and slam poets can sign up for the 15 slot open mic. Each person will have 5 minutes to read one of their brand new workshop creations or another piece they have ready.  The night concludes with Four Supremely Talented Poets: Silvia Bonilla, Crystal Rivera, Susan Weiman, and Maria Lisella.

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