Three Student Readings – Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series
Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work in a series of readings. On May 3 at 5:00 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the University campus, students from spring workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and literary translation will read from work they have completed during the past semester. At two additional readings, seniors completing a certificate in the Program will read from their thesis work, which they completed over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year. On May 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Prospect House, senior thesis students will read from their recent work in poetry, screenwriting, and translation; on May 10 at 4:30 p.m., also in Prospect House, seniors will read from their recent work in fiction. The readings, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts, are free and open to the public.
Through the Program, students can earn a certificate in creative writing in addition to their degree in a major. They have the opportunity to pursue original work in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and translation under the guidance of practicing, award-winning writers, including Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Susan Wheeler, and Edmund White. Small workshop courses, averaging eight to ten students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginning and advanced writers. Each year, 20 to 30 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative writing thesis, such as a novel, screenplay, or a collection of short stories, poems, or translations.
On May 3, select students who will be reading from their recent work include Mohammed Adnan, Fiona Bell, Sam Bollen, Sena Cebeci, Joy Chen, Julie Chen, Robert Cortes, Trisha Datta, Currie Engel, David Exume , Max Feldman, Nicolas Freeman, Kyra Gregory, Alina Kido-Matzner, Sang Lee, Rafi Lehmann, Lavinia Liang, Justina Liu, Abbie Minard, Lara Norgaard, Kandace Rosser, Justin Sansone, Peter Schmidt, Elias Stern, Ayame Whitfield, Tea Wimer, and Alice Xu.
On May 8, seniors who will be presenting work in poetry are Nicole Acheampong, Rebecca Bedell, Alice Frederick, Ben Goodman,William Lathrop, Joan Lee, Cai Marshall, Shannon Osaka, Emily Redfield, Hannah Srajer, Julia Wang, and Margaret Wright. Lizzie Buehler will read from her work in translation, and Emma Michalak and Luke Pfleger will read from their work in screenwriting.
Seniors presenting work in fiction on May 10 are Claire Ashmead, Harrison Blackman, Samantha Cody, Diana Liao, Zeena Mubarak, Edwin Rosales, Steffen Seitz, Jennifer Shyue, Margaret Spencer, Robin Spiess, Rachel Stone, and Anna Windemuth.
Graduates of the Program include such well-known and diverse writers as Jonathan Ames ’87, Jane Hirshfield ’73, Jonathan Safran Foer ’99, Monica Youn ’93, and Jodi Picoult ’87.
The Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series annually brings a number of distinguished writers to campus to read and discuss their work, in addition to readings by students. Writers who read from their works or lectured over the past academic year included Claudia Rankine, Stephen King, Eileen Myles, Joy Williams, Jenny Johnson, NoViolet Bulawayo, Valeria Luiselli, Paul Beatty, Marilyn Chin, Douglas Kearny, Kristen Valdez Quade, Jim Jarmusch and John Ashbery. All readings are free and open to the public.