Princeton University has named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Director of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, as the new chair of the University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Smith succeeds theater scholar Michael Cadden, Senior Lecturer in the Program in Theater, who has served as chair of the Center since 2012. Smith will begin her new duties as chair on July 1, 2019.
Irish novelist Sally Rooney will present a reading on Friday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. in East Pyne 010 on the Princeton University campus. The reading, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Performance Lab, showcasing nine new works created by thirteen Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater at the new Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, March 7, Osama Alomar, a Syrian-born poet and fiction writer and Luc Sante, Whiting Award-winning author, will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing in 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. PLEASE NOTE the different time and location than previous readings in this series.
The reading on 3/2 at 6 pm is cancelled due to inclement weather. Check back for details on the rescheduled reading for Friday, March 9th. Award-winning writer Kaitlyn Greenidge 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, March 2 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.
Professor of Creative Writing and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He joins 11 other newly elected members the fields of Fine Art, Literature, and Music, including former creative writing faculty member Lynn Nottage.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will present a reading from his recent poetry collections joined by acclaimed singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and composer Dan Trueman, in celebration of Muldoon’s latest volume Lamenations and the three artists’ collaboration with Eighth Blackbird, Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak. The reading, presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, will take on place on Friday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater located at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. This event is free and open to the public. Performances of Olagón are being presented on February 22 through 24.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.