Poet John Ashbery and screenwriter/director Jim Jarmusch read from their work on Wednesday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50* on the Princeton University campus. Both writers will be introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Professor of Creative Writing Paul Muldoon. The event, part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, is free and open to the public but seating is limited; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*PLEASE NOTE: this reading will not take place in the usual venue. The reading will be held in McCosh 50 rather than the Berlind Theatre. Poet John Ashbery will be skyped into the event; Jim Jarmusch will read in person.

Jarmusch’s latest film, Paterson, is playing at the Princeton Garden Theatre from April 14-19. Visit to view showtimes or watch the trailer.


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Poet John Ashbery. Photo by Lynn Davis.

JOHN ASHBERY’s work has won numerous awards and has been translated into 25 languages. His most recent book of poetry, Commotion of the Birds, was published in November 2016. Other collections include Breezeway (2015); Quick Question (2012); Planisphere (2009); and Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (2007), which was awarded the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize. His work Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an early book, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1988 to 1999. In addition, the Library of America published the first volume of his collected poems in 2008, and a two-volume set of his collected translations from the French (poetry and prose) was published in 2014. The winner of many prizes and awards, both nationally and internationally, he has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was a MacArthur Fellow from 1985 to 1990. Recently, he received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation (2011) and a National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama at the White House (2012). He lives in New York and exhibits his collages at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Ashbery holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia.

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Screenwriter and director Jim Jarmusch. Photo by Sara Driver.

JIM JARMUSCH is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. His works include Paterson (2016), Gimme Danger (2016), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), The Limits of Control (2009), Broken Flowers (2005), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Year of the Horse (1997), Dead Man (1995), Down by Law (1986), Night on Earth (1991), Mystery Train (1989), Stranger than Paradise (1984), Permanent Vacation (1980), and the short film Int. Trailer. Night. (2002). His honors include the Josef von Sternberg Award from the international film festival in Mannheim-Heidelberg and the Filmmaker on the Edge Award from the Provincetown International Film Festival. He has also won the Grand Prix of the 2005 Cannes Festival for Broken Flowers, and he was the 1999 laureate of the Douglas Sirk Preis at Filmfest Hamburg, Germany. Born in Akron, Ohio, Jarmusch lives and works in New York.

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  • Program in Creative Writing