National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree Raven Leilani, author of the novel Luster, reads from her work along with several creative writing seniors. 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

  • Yunxia Hallowell
  • Chaya Holch
  • Mel Hornyak
  • Sheherzad Jamal
  • Cassandra James
  • Danielle Jenkins
  • Ashira Shirali (Student host)

Tickets & Details

The reading is free and open to the public. No tickets or advance registration required.


Get directions and find venue information for the Drapkin Studio, located on the second floor of the Lewis Arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests must either be fully vaccinated, or have recently tested negative (via PCR within 72 hours or via rapid antigen test within 8 hours of the scheduled visit) and be prepared to show proof if asked, or wear a face covering when indoors and around others.


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About Raven Leilani

raven leilani wears red turtleneck and smiles with long black hair

Raven Leilani. Photo by Nina Subin.

Raven Leilani’s work has been published in Granta, The Yale Review, and The Cut among other publications. Leilani is a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree, the recipient of the 2020 Kirkus Prize, VCU Cabell Prize, NBCC John Leonard Prize, Dylan Thomas Prize, Clark Fiction Prize, and Center for Fiction first novel prize. Luster is her first novel.


Presented By

  • Program in Creative Writing