Novelist Teddy Wayne and four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, September 30 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Claire Ashmead, Emma Michalak, Do-Hyeong Myeong, and Steffen Seitz, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, located at 122 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Teddy Wayne’s most recent novel, Loner, was released earlier in September. His other critically acclaimed works include The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A columnist for The New York Times, Wayne is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and McSweeney’s. He has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis and currently lives in New York.
The four seniors, who are pursuing a certificate in Creative Writing in addition to their major areas of study, will read excerpts from their senior thesis projects. Each senior is currently working on a novel, a screenplay, translations, or a collection of poems or short stories as part of his or her creative thesis for the Program in Creative Writing. Thesis students in this program work closely with a member of the faculty, which includes celebrated writers such as Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paul Muldoon, Kirstin Valdez Quade, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, Edmund White, and a number of distinguished lecturers.
The series, hosted by the seniors in the program, is intended to present a public showcase for the work of the thesis students and provide the senior class with an opportunity to read with and learn from established writers they admire. The series is named in honor of Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet C.K. Williams, who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.
The Program in Creative Writing also presents the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series on Wednesdays at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Upcoming guests include NoViolet Bulawayo, Valeria Luiselli, Stephen King, Eileen Myles, Paul Beatty, Marilyn Chin, Douglas Kearney, Kirstin Valdez Quade, John Ashbery, and Jim Jarmusch.