Poet Adam Fitzgerald and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, October 21 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 Nicole Acheampong, Alice Frederick, Joan Lee, Hannah Srajer, and Nathan Yoo, 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.
Adam Fitzgerald is a poet, editor, essayist, and educator. His newest book of poems, George Washington, was published by W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint in September. His first book of poems, The Late Parade (2013), was hailed by The New York Times Sunday Book Review as “a new and welcome sound in the aviary of contemporary poetry.” In 2015, he became contributing editor for Literary Hub, where he curates monthly poetry features. His recent work can be found in Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. Co-founder of The Home School, he has also taught at Rutgers University, New York University, Columbia University, and Poets House.
The five seniors, who are pursuing a certificate in creative writing in addition to their major areas of study, will read from their senior thesis projects. Each is currently working on a novel, a screenplay, translations, or a collection of poems or short stories as a part of a creative thesis for the certificate. Thesis students in the Program in Creative Writing work closely with a member of the faculty, which includes 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 the 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 twenty 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 Stephen King, Eileen Myles, Paul Beatty, Marilyn Chin, Douglas Kearney, Kirstin Valdez Quade, John Ashbery, and Jim Jarmusch.