Creative Writing News

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Students in the spring 2017 course “How to Write a Song,” offered by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing and the Department of Music at Princeton University, will present original songs at a concert on May 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Theater on the Princeton campus. The 25 students will perform selected new work completed over the past semester. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Poet Saeed Jones and six seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, April 28 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Rebecca Bedell, Lizzie Buehler, Will Lathrop, Shannon Osaka, Emily Redfield, and Julia Wang, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, located at 122 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for A Reading by Jenny McPhee of her translation of Natalia Ginzburg’s <em>Lessico Famigliare</em> at Princeton University

Novelist and translator Jenny McPhee will be reading from her recent translation of Natalia Ginzburg’s Lessico Famigliare (A Family Lexicon), on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 219 in Aaron Burr Hall on the Princeton University campus. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Humanities Council, this event is free and open to the public.

Five current Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts’ faculty members have received 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. The awardees are fiction writer Phil Klay, a 2015–16 Princeton Hodder Fellow and current Lecturer in Creative Writing; theater artist Aaron Landsman, a 2014-16 Princeton Arts Fellow, current Visiting Associate Professor, and recent Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council; fiction writer Fiona Maazel, Lecturer in Creative Writing; poet Claudia Rankine, Princeton’s 2017 Holmes National Poetry Prize awardee and Visiting Professor of Creative Writing; and theater scholar Stacy Wolf, Professor of Theater, Director of the Program in Music Theater, and Director of Princeton Arts Fellowships.

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On Wednesday, April 19, poet John Ashbery and screenwriter and director Jim Jarmusch will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 50, on the Princeton campus, is free and open to the public. Ashbery will be appearing via Skype. (Note: this reading is not being held in the usual venue at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.)

Five Lewis Center faculty members have received 2017 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Lecturer in Creative Writing Phil Klay for Fiction; Visiting Associate Professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow Aaron Landsman for Drama and Performance Art; Lecturer in Creative Writing Fiona Maazel for Fiction; Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Claudia Rankine for Poetry; and Director of the Program in Music Theater and Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf in the category of Theatre Arts for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."

Princeton University will present Words for Music, Perhaps, a day-long symposium on Irish lyric and song featuring renowned scholars, writers, and musicians on Friday, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The symposium is organized by Princeton Professor of English and Chair of the Fund for Irish Studies Clair Wills and cosponsored by Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Humanities Council, Department of Music, and Department of English. All events are free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

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Lighting and projection designer David Bengali, performance artist and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and writer Erika L. Sánchez have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2017-19 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September. The Arts Fellows program of the Lewis Center for the Arts provides support for early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to further their work while teaching within a liberal arts context. Funded in part by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows are selected for a two-year residency to teach a course each semester or, in lieu of a course, to undertake an artistic assignment that deeply engages undergraduate students, such as directing a play, conducting a music ensemble, or choreographing a dance piece. Fellows are expected to be active members of the University's intellectual and artistic community while in residence; in return, they are provided the resources and spaces necessary to their work.

On Wednesday, March 15, writers Douglas Kearney and Kirstin Valdez Quade will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, presented by the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Poet Jenny Johnson reads from her debut poetry collection at Princeton

Poet and 2016-17 Lewis Center for the Arts Hodder Fellow Jenny Johnson will read from her recently released debut collection of poems, In Full Velvet, as a part of a book release celebration on Wednesday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Princeton University. The reading, followed by a Q&A with Johnson and a reception, will take place in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Claudia Rankine, Acclaimed Writer, Receives Princeton’s Holmes National Poetry Prize and Lectures at Lewis Center for the Arts

Writer Claudia Rankine has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. She will present a talk entitled "On Whiteness and The Racial Imaginary Institute" on March 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for National Book Award-Winning Fiction Writer Phil Klay Reads with Five Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

Fiction writer and Phil Klay and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, March 3 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Luke Pfleger, Edwin Rosales, Jennifer Shyue, Margaret Spencer, and Rachel Stone, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, located at 122 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for A Reading by Italian Writer/Activist Dacia Maraini followed by Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei at Princeton University

Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, and Lewis Center for the Arts present "Born Traveling: Dacia Maraini in a Belknap Global Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei." The event will feature a reading by award-winning writer and activist Dacia Maraini in Italian with English supertitles followed by a conversation in English with faculty members Alessandro Giammei and Jhumpa Lahiri. The reading and conversation will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 in McCormick Hall Room 101 on the Princeton University campus. This event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

Thumbnail for Award-Winning Fiction Writer Chinelo Okparanta Reads with Six Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

Writer Chinelo Okparanta and six seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, February 17 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the C. K. Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Harrison Blackman, Samantha Cody, Diana Liao, Zeena Mubarak, Robin Spiess, and Anna Windemuth, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, located at 122 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.