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In a series of conversations that bring guest artists to campus to discuss what they face in making art in the modern world, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, director of the Princeton Atelier, moderates a discussion with songwriter Bridget Kearney, a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founding member of the band Lake Street Dive, along with transgender writer Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of eighteen books, a human rights advocate, and the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence and Professor of English at Barnard College.

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This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.


Get directions to Richardson Auditorium, located in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityRichardson Auditorium is an accessible venue. Guests in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.


About Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan smiles standing near a window, wearing a green pattern sleeveless top.

Photo credit: Dan Haar

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the author of eighteen books including the critically acclaimed memoir She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003), one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. With Jodi Picoult, she recently coauthored the New York Times bestseller Mad Honey (2022). Boylan is currently working on Falcon Quinn and the Bullies of Greenblud, an anti-bullying young adult project, and an anthology of women writing about home entitled This is the Place. Known as a novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also an advocate for civil rights. From 2013-2017 Boylan served as co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. After serving as Vice President of the PEN America Board of Trustees, she was elected as President of PEN America in late 2023. Boylan has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Live with Larry King, The Today Show, the Barbara Walters Special, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation. She has also been the subject of documentaries on CBS News’ 48 Hours and The History Channel, and she served as an advisor to the television series Transparent. Currently the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University, Boylan is also a member of the faculty of the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference of Middlebury College and the Sirenland Writers’ Conference in Positano, Italy.


About Bridget Kearney

Seen through a mirror reflection, Bridget Kearney stands against a wall in front of framed photos

Photo credit: Rodneri

Bridget Kearney is an Iowa-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. A founding member of the band Lake Street Dive, she has performed at venues including Radio City Music Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and The White House South Lawn and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report and Conan. Her third solo album, “Comeback Kid,” will come out later this year on Keeled Scales. In 2020 Kearney released the album “Still Flying” on Verve Forecast, written and recorded in Accra, Ghana, as a collaboration with Ghanaian artists Aaron Bebe Sukura and Stevo Atambire, as well as Los Angeles-based producer Benjamin Lazar Davis. She also performs as a side person with various artists, having recently played bass with pop singer Ed Sheeran and folk singer Aoife O’Donovan. Kearney holds a BM from the New England Conservatory in Jazz Studies (bass) and a BA from Tufts University in English.

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  • Princeton Atelier