Creative Writing Archives

Thumbnail for Creative Writing Professor Edmund White receives PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction

Fiction writer and Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus, Edmund White has been awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction. The biannual award recognizes a living American author whose scale of achievement in fiction, over a sustained career, places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.

Thumbnail for Award-winning Writer Nicole Dennis-Benn Reads with Five Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

Award-winning writer Nicole Dennis-Benn and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16 at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing presents a Reading with Alaa Al Aswany and Linda Gregerson

On Wednesday, February 7, international award-winning writer, bestselling novelist and activist Alaa Al Aswany will read with acclaimed poet Linda Gregerson, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and four Pushcart Prizes, as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio at the Lewis Arts Complex, is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Princeton Atelier presents <em>Tune Every Heart: The Princeton &#038; Slavery Project in Song</em>

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present a staged reading of original musical theater works that are inspired by the history revealed through the Princeton & Slavery Project on Saturday, January 13 with performances at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended.

Thumbnail for The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents <em>Letters and Dreams</em>, a new play by senior Fiona Bell

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present an exploration of a new play, Letters and Dreams, written by and featuring senior Fiona Bell, on January 11 and 13 at 8:00 p.m., January 12 at 4:30 p.m., and January 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Class of 1970 Theatre at Whitman College on the Princeton campus. An audience talkback will follow the January 12 performance. The show is free and open to the public with tickets available in advance and at the door just prior to performances.

Thumbnail for Queen Elizabeth’s Gold Medal for Poetry awarded to Creative Writing Professor Paul Muldoon

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has approved the award of Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry for the year 2017 to creative writing professor and poet Paul Muldoon. He becomes only the second Irish poet to be so honored in the award’s 83-year history, after Michael Longley in 2001. The Poetry Medal Committee recommended Muldoon as this year’s recipient of The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, on the basis of the body of his work.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton announces five Hodder Fellows for 2018-2019

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has announced the selection of five Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. Martyna Majok, Mario Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jacob Shores-Argüello, and Lauren Yee are this year’s recipients of the Hodder Fellowship, created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to undertake significant new work.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton will present a performance of work created by Princeton students from Assistant Professor in Theater Brian Herrera’s fall course, “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me.” In this performance students will use an array of storytelling modes to bring to life the historical materials unearthed by the Princeton & Slavery Project. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing presents Fall Student Reading and A Poetry Performance

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ renowned Program in Creative Writing will read from their recent work as part of the Program’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. On December 12 at 8:00 p.m., students in a spoken word poetry performance course will present new work in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for The Arts Council of Princeton presents &#8220;Princeton, Slavery, and Me: A Community Stage Event&#8221;

The Arts Council of Princeton presents the final presentation of Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera’s "Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me” fall course offered through Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The theater/creative writing course focuses on the stories we do (and don’t) tell about ourselves, as well as the stories we do (and don’t) tell about Princeton University. The workshop course engaged students directly with the historical materials unearthed by the "Princeton and Slavery Project” as they rehearsed the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. Working in an array of storytelling modes, the students will share stories about how the history of slavery at Princeton University guides, informs, or challenges our ethical and moral understandings of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. The final course presentation will be on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended.

On Wednesday, November 15, award-winning writer and theater critic Hilton Als and acclaimed poet Hoa Nguyen will read from their work 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 7:30 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater at the Lewis Arts Complex, is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Conversation with writer, producer and Princeton alumnus John Sacret Young

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, in partnership with Princeton Garden Theatre and Labyrinth Books, will present “John Sacret Young and Pieces of Glass – An Artoire,” a visual presentation and conversation with Princeton Professor of Visual Arts Joe Scanlan focusing on Young’s latest memoir, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts in partnership with Princeton Garden Theatre and Labyrinth Books. The event will take place on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public but ticketed; advance reservations are encouraged.

Thumbnail for Award-winning Poet Phillip B. Williams reads with Four Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

Poet Phillip B. Williams and four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10 at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance concludes Reclamations! Lectures in Black Feminist Performance with award-winning interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight

Princeton Arts Fellow and faculty member Jaamil Olawale Kosoko curates Reclamations! Lectures in Black Feminist Performance, welcoming award-winning interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight on Monday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. This performance lecture of Knight’s Documents is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Roberts Dance Studio in Princeton University's new Lewis Arts complex.

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