Creative Writing at The New School



Cave Canem Poetry Reading: Timothy Liu and Metta Sama

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College

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

Timothy Liu is the author of eight poetry collections, including Vox Angelica, recipient of the 1992 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, Liu’s most recent book, Don’t Go Back to Sleep (Saturnalia, 2014), was a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award.

Metta Sáma teaches in the CUNY system; she currently directs the BFA-W program at Goddard College. Her poems, reviews, and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in hercircleezine, Vinyl, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Pebble Lake Review, among others. She is author ofSouth of Here from New Issues Press.

Moderator Zakia Henderson-Brown has received fellowships and scholarships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Journal, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming inTorch, Reverie, Burner Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos: 2011). She currently works as the Outreach Coordinator for The New Jim Crow at The New Press.


Book reading/signing with Edwidge Dandicat, author of Untwine

Friday, September 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd St., New York NY 10029

Edwidge Dandicat will be reading from her new novel, Untwine, and signing copies. Edwidge Danticat is the author of many award-winning books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club pick; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award nominee; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award Winner; and Brother, I'm Dying, a National Book Critics Circle winner. Danticat is a 2009 winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant. More information on the event is available here.

Poetry for Every Season: Octavio Paz Poetry Walk

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Saturday, September 19, 2:00 PM

New York Botanical Garden, Ross Hall, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458

The New York Botanical Garden's blockbuster exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the first to examine Frida Kahlo's keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Curated by poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a poetry walk will feature the poems of Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, a contemporary and friend of Kahlo's, many of which reference native plants and flowers. The poetry walk will be adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory amid the seasonal beauty of the Garden's own collections. At this afternoon reading, Griffiths will read a selection of Paz poems from the poetry walk, as well as original poems inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo.

Brooklyn Book Festival​


Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy a day of readings, panels, and other literary events, as well as a large public bookfair. The New School will be present at bookfair booths 150 and 151, and many members of the The New School writing community will be participating in events throughout the day. Read more about events featuring members of the New School community.


Mental Marginalia at the Bowery Poetry Club


Sunday, September 20, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10012

In celebration of the fourth anniversary of their reading series, Mental Marginalia co-curators and New School alumni Alex Crowley (’11) and Mark Gurarie (’11) have teamed up with the Bowery Poetry Club to present a special reading and celebration. The readers/performers will be Camille Rankine, Chris Martin, and Lisa Fishman, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, and PROJECT Trio. Cost is $12 in advance with 1 free drink, $10 at the door. Tickets are available here.

KGB Bar Monday Night Poetry with David Lehman and Deborah Landau

Monday, September 21, 7:00 PM

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

Poetry Coordinator, David Lehman and Deborah Landau, head of the NYU Graduate Writing Program, will be reading their poems at KGB Bar. The reading is scheduled to start at 7:30, but the bar (at 85 East 4th Street near the NW corner of 2nd Avenue) gets crowded, so people are encouraged to come at 7 or 7:15.

Deborah has a new book, "The Uses of the Body" (Copper Canyon Press)  from which she will read. When her last collection, "The Last Usable Hour" appeared in 2011, Jennifer Michael Hecht reviewed it on the Best American Poetry blog. Jennifer characterized Deborah's work as "terrifically smart, witty, and slightly terrifying." David has a new prose nonfiction book coming out in the fall from HarperCollins,  Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, and he may read from it. The title has a triple meaning, two of them self-evident (FS turns 100 on Dec 12 of this year, and his century is one of my subjects.) he invented a form, call it the century, consisting of one hundred parts, each of which must stand on its own and feed the whole; the strategy allows the author to write in different forms, styles, and modes as the material dictates.

An unusual element of the reading is that both DLs served, at various times, as co-directors of the KGB Monday night poetry reading series.

Literary Lounge: Eileen Myles


Monday, September 21, 6:30 pm

Red Shade Structures at 62nd and the Hudson River in Riverside Park South

Literary Lounge brings literature out into nature. Part reading, part discussion, part book club, this series gives exceptional access to great writers in a beautiful and iconic setting. On Monday, September 21, Eileen Myles will share some of her latest poems and to talk about her decades-long reign as an iconic New York writer. Her newest book, I Must Be Living Twice will be published this fall. For more details and to read an excerpt from I Must Be Living Twice, please visit:

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