Creative Writing at The New School


Cave Canem Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown, TJ Jarrett, and Robin Coste Lewis


Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College

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

Jericho Brown is the author of two books of poetry, The New Testament, and Please, which won the 2009 American Book Award. Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. He is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave was a finalist for the 2013 Balcones Prize. Her second collection, Zion, was the winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition in 2013. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Third Coast, VQR, West Branch and others. She has earned scholarships from Colrain Manuscript Conference and Vermont Studio Center; fellowships from Sewanee Writer’s Conference 2014 and the Summer Literary Seminars 2012 and 2014; winner of VQR’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry 2014; a runner up for the 2012 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize and 2012 New Issues Poetry Prize; and her collection The Moon Looks Down and Laughs was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.

Robin Coste Lewis is a the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015). A Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California, Lewis is also a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities.  She received her MFA from NYU in poetry, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. A finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove Prize, and the Discovery Prize, her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda, amongst others. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Fellowships and awards include the Caldera Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Kenya.  Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and Cave Canem Foundation. Cost: Free to all.

After this the text says, "Abraham took the wood for the holocaust and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took the fire in his own hands and a sword, and they went off together."20 That Isaac himself carries on himself "the wood for the holocaust" is a figure, because Christ also "himself carried his own cross,"21 and yet to carry "the wood for the holocaust" is the duty of a priest. He himself, therefore, becomes both victim and priest. But what is added also is related to this: "And they both went off together." For when Abraham carries the fire and knife as if to sacrifice, Isaac does not go behind him, but with him, that he might be shown to contribute equally with the priesthood itself .


Mental Marginalia


Thursday, October 29th 8:00pm-10:00pm

The West, 379 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Founded in 2011 by New School alums Alex Crowley and Mark Gurarie (both Poetry '11), Mental Marginalia is a monthly poetry reading series that finds its home at the West, a cozy bar in Williamsburg. Hosted by Sarah Madges (Nonfiction '16), the October 29th reading features Theo Thimo, Trinity Tibe, Isaac Myers III, and Brooke Ellsworth. Theo Thimo lives and tweets in Brooklyn. He has work in Metazen, Shabby Doll Press, Electric Cereal, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. Trinity Tibe (Poetry '15)  is the author of two chapbooks, "Starting a Dynasty" and "Reasons I've Said Yes Lately." She is a co-founder of Say Yes Electric Collective, an art community in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, that creates space for diverse artists and encourages collaboration. Isaac Myers III (Poetry '13) is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. His poems have appeared in the Barrow Street Review and the Best American Poetry Blog. He's currently editing his first collection of poems and prose "pauses," "The Maturation of the Romantic Heart and Mind," and aims to publish the combination of fiction and poetry by the summer of 2016. Brooke Ellsworth (Poetry '13) is author of "Thrown" (The New Megaphone) and "Mud" (dancing girl press). She has recent work in or forthcoming in jubilat, The Volta, The Seattle Review, DIAGRAM, Entropy Magazine and elsewhere. You can find the Facebook event here.

Village of Crickets Presents: Communing with the Dead


Friday, October 30th, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

An All Souls Reading will feature Cathy Chung, Arli Middendorf, Iris Mahan and Danielle Barnhart. Village of Crickets is an online community of artists and writers that partners with the Adelphi MFA program. They host readings, panels, craft dialog & interviews, and we solicit creative work from established members of the literary community and emerging writers.

The Poetry Project: Featuring Janice Lowe & Pamela Sneed


Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:00 PM

The Poetry Project, 131 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003

The Poetry Project, now in its 48th season, is a forum for public literary events and a resource for writers. This reading features Janice Lowe, a composer, poet and essayist, and Pamela Sneed, a New York based poet and actress. This event is co-presented by the Belladonna Collaborative. Chaplets by the readers will be for sale for $5 each. More information is available here.


Monday, November 2, 2015, 7:00 PM

Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street, New York, NY

Pass the Mic features Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire, the most talked-about novel this fall. City on Fire tells the story of several interconnected characters amid the excitement and danger of 1970s New York. Garth will be joined by Mic senior correspondent Scott Bixby for a conversation about the novel and how the lens of a previous decade can illuminate our dreams and challenges in 2015/ There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, and City on Fire will be available for purchase at the event.



Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 8:00 pm

The HiFi Bar, 169 Avenue A, New York, NY, 10009

Minorities in Publishing podcast host and New School alum Jenn Baker joins us this November to present Kirkus Prize finalist Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper) alongside emerging writers Glendaliz Camacho, Courtney Gillette, and new school alum Ennis Smith.  In the hopes of giving lesser-known voices a spotlight to read their work, The HiFi Reading series brings you a selection of “undiscovered” writers, curated each month by an established author. Event is free with 1 drink.

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