Creative Writing faculty

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On Wednesday, April 18, critically acclaimed poet and Princeton alumnus Jane Hirshfield will read with award-winning novelist and activist Walter Mosley 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 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex, is free and open to the public.

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the re-appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. In her second term, Smith will continue the outreach efforts begun in her first term to engage rural communities and small towns across America with poetry. Smith will report on her outreach activities and introduce expanded plans for her second term on April 19th at the Library of Congress at an event entitled “Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology.” In the Coolidge Auditorium, Smith will read poems and participate in a discussion with Ron Charles, editor of the Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library of Congress’ “Life of a Poet” series.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing Presents a Reading with Osama Alomar and Luc Sante

On Wednesday, March 28, 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. This reading was originally scheduled for March 7 but was rescheduled due to severe weather.

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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.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing Presents a Reading with Osama Alomar and Luc Sante

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.

Thumbnail for Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies presents a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with appearances by acclaimed singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and award-winning composer Dan Trueman

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.

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 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 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 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 Creative Writing Presents a Reading with Rachel Cusk and Nathaniel Mackey

On Wednesday, October 11, award-winning fiction writer Rachel Cusk and acclaimed poet and Princeton alumnus Nathaniel Mackey, Class of 1969, 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 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

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The 2017 Princeton Poetry Festival, a two-day biennial event, kicks off Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music's celebration of the opening of the new Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts complex on October 5 and 6 in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The poetry festival is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. This international poetry festival, which is free and open to the public, is a unique event which will showcase poets from Canada, China, Cuba, Iceland, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the U.S. in a series of readings and panel discussions organized by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Princeton faculty member, and founding chair of the Lewis Center, Paul Muldoon, and is part of the Lewis Center’s Performance Central series.

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