Poet Sylvie Baumgartel (PINK, Song of Songs) and bestselling novelist Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club) read from their work to kick off the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, hosted by the Program in Creative Writing.

Tickets & Details

The reading is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; audiences are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.


Get directions and find venue information for the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street.

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 the Authors

sylvie baumgartel with long dark hair pulled back from her face, wearing dark blouse

Photo credit: Barbara Hanson

Sylvie Baumgartel has published two books of poetry: Song of Songs (2019) and Pink (2021). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, Harvard Review, Subtropics and elsewhere. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.




amy tan with short grey bob hairstyle, smiling with large beaded necklace atop black blouse

Photo credit: Julian Johnson / Stephen Barclay Agency

Amy Tan’s novels include The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of two children’s books and numerous articles for magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic, as well as a short story “Rules for Virgins” published as an audiobook. Her work has been translated into 35 languages, and her essays and stories are found in hundreds of anthologies and textbooks. Tan has written a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, and a book about writing titled Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. She was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and the librettist for the opera The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Tan is winner of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Orange Prize, the Commonwealth Gold Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature. She is also the recipient of the 2021 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. In March 2022 she was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her next book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, is forthcoming in October 2023.

Presented By

  • Program in Creative Writing