blue book with 80x80 on coverIn celebration of its 80th Anniversary, the Program in Creative Writing kicks off the season with a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Ojibwe novelist and non-fiction writer David Treuer ’92, and National Book Award-winning writer Maxine Hong Kingston as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series.

Princeton students are invited to an informal tea with guest writer and alumnus David Treuer from 4-5 p.m. at the Program in Creative Writing Library on 6th floor of New South.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing celebrates 80 years during the 2019-20 academic year with readings by 80 writers.


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MAXINE HONG KINGSTON was born to Chinese immigrant parents in Stockton, California, in 1940 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. A long-time member of the Berkeley faculty, she is currently Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing.

Her nonfiction books include The Woman Warrior, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; China Men, which was awarded the National Book Award in 1981; Hawaii One Summer, Through the Black Curtain, To Be the Poet, and The Fifth Book of Peace. She has written one novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book. Kingston is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the title of “Living Treasure of Hawaii.”



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YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA is Global Professor and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University. He also served as New York’s 11th State Poet Laureate. His books of poetry include Dien Cai Dau (1988), which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize; Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (1993), for which he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and his most recent collections are Warhorses, The Chameleon Couch (a finalist for the National Book Award), and The Emperor of Water Clocks. He is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. His other honors include the William Faulkner Prize (Université Rennes, France), the Hanes Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.



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DAVID TREUER is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of four previous novels, most recently Prudence, and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. He is a member of Princeton’s Class of 1992.

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