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.
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.
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.
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.
A new short story by Lecturer in Creative Writing Daphne Kalotay is the focus of One City One Story — Boston’s annual citywide reading event held in conjunction with the Boston Book Festival, held October 28th.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, September 20, award-winning fiction writer and memoirist, and new Princeton faculty member Yiyun Li, and poet, novelist, and 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow Erika L. Sánchez 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.
Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center and Director of the Princeton Atelier, has taught poetry at Princeton since 1987 and songwriting since 2013. Read a recent interview with Muldoon on the University homepage.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced that Professor of Creative Writing Jhumpa Lahiri is the recipient the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. The award was established by the family of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bernard Malamud to honor excellence in the art of short fiction. A panel of PEN/Faulkner directors forms the selection committee for the awards.
Award-winning writer Yiyun Li will join the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University in September 2017. She has been appointed a full Professor of Creative Writing and will be teaching undergraduate creative writing workshops.