Poet Raena Shirali, winner of the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and the 2021 Hudson Prize, and several creative writing seniors read from their work. The C.K. Williams Reading Series showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests.

Featured Student Readers:

  • Lauren Howard ’22
  • AG McGee ’22
  • Sydney Peng ’22
  • Emily Weiss ’22
  • Noel Peng ’22 (student host)

Join the Event

The reading is free and open to the public but advance tickets are required. Reserve tickets through University Ticketing.

Get directions to the Drapkin Studio and find other venue information for the arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask when indoors; currently children under 12 are not permitted in campus buildings as they are not currently able to be vaccinated.


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About the Author

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Photo by Hannah Yoon

Raena Shirali is a poet, editor, and educator from Charleston, South Carolina. Her first book, GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), won the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, and her forthcoming collection, summonings, won the 2021 Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize. Winner of a Pushcart Prize and a former Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University, Shirali is also the recipient of prizes and honors from VIDA, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A Day, The Nation, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from The Ohio State University and is an Assistant Professor of English at Holy Family University, where she serves as faculty advisor for Folio—HFU’s literary magazine dedicated to publishing works by undergraduate students at the national level. She is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of Muzzle Magazine and lives in Philadelphia.