Born in 1927, Kinnell graduated from Princeton in the Class of 1948. He studied with John Berryman and R.P. Blackmur, and was roommates with the poet W.S. Merwin. In the course of his distinguished career, he won the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for poetry, and was recognized by the Academy of American Poets with the Wallace Stevens Award for "mastery in the art of poetry." In recent years, he served as a member of the Lewis Center for the Arts Advisory Council.
Author/TV writer and Lecturer in Creative Writing A.M. Homes will adapt for American audiences the popular UK series "Wire in the Blood," produced by ABC Studios, Endemol Studios and Mandeville Films.
Acclaimed poet Kevin Young will present a lecture on “How to Write a Hoax Poem” on Tuesday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event, the 2014-2015 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes Lecture presented by Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.
Princeton University will honor award-winning writer and longtime faculty member Joyce Carol Oates at a special tribute event on Friday, November 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the University campus, presented by the Program in Creative Writing.
On Wednesday, October 15, poet Ben Lerner and fiction writer Steven Millhauser will read from their works as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.
Award-winning poet Brenda Shaughnessy and student writers Sam Butler, Anya Lewis-Meeks, Allison Somers, and Aron Wander will read from their work on Friday, October 10 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests.
Hodder Fellow and poet Roger Reeves and Princeton Arts Fellow and fiction writer Hanna Pylväinen will begin their residencies at the Lewis Center by opening the Program in Creative Writing’s 2014-2015 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.
Award-winning Iranian-American novelist Porochista Khakpour and student writers Joan Bedinger, Ben Goldman, Nonny Okwelogu, and Chester Dubov will read from their work on Friday, September 19 at Labyrinth Books in the first reading of the new Emerging Writers Reading Series presented by the Program in Creative Writing.
Poet Natalie Diaz has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Program in Creative Writing. Diaz is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec.
Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Jhumpa Lahiri will join the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University in September 2015. She has been appointed Professor of Creative Writing and will teach workshops in fiction.
Princeton alum Branden Jacobs-Jenkins '06 was awarded the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play at the 59th annual OBIE Awards ceremony on May 19 in New York City. Jacobs-Jenkins was honored for his two Off Broadway plays this season: Appropriate at the Signature Theater and An Octoroon at Soho Rep.