November 1, 2017

Award-winning Poet Phillip B. Williams reads with Four Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

The C.K. Williams Reading Series is organized by Princeton students in collaboration with Labyrinth Books

Poet Phillip B. Williams and four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10 at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.

The series showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers David Shin, Catherine Saterson, Mariah Wilson, and Robert Marshall, the event is free and open to the public.

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Award-winning poet Phillip B. Williams. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Phillip B. Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois and earned his M.F.A. from Washington University, where he was a Chancellor’s Graduate fellow. He is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (2011), Burn (2013), and Thief in the Interior (2016), winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, West Branch, Blackbird and elsewhere. Williams’ honors include a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a 2017 Lambda Literary Award, and a 2017 Whiting Award. He is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. He teaches at Bennington College.

The four 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, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, Kirstin Valdez Quade, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, and a number of distinguished lecturers.

The Program in Creative Writing also presents the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series on Wednesdays on the Princeton campus. Upcoming guests include Hilton Als, Hoa Nguyen, Alaa Al Aswany, Linda Gregerson Osama Alomar, Luc Sante, Jane Hirshfield, and Walter Mosley.

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