February 23, 2018

Award-winning Writer Kaitlyn Greenidge Reads with Four Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program on March 2

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

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Award-winning writer Kaitlyn Greenidge. Photo by Syreeta McFadden

UPDATE: The reading on 3/2 at 6 pm is cancelled due to inclement weather. The reading has been rescheduled for Friday, March 9, 2018, at Labyrinth Books.

Award-winning writer Kaitlyn Greenidge 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, March 9 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 Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Joy Chen, Jay Kim, Lavinia Liang, and Rebecca Schnell, the event is free and open to the public.

Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman, which Janet Maslin of The New York Times described as “A terrifically auspicious debut.” The novel was a finalist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the 2017 Young Lions Award. Her work has appeared in The Believer, The Feminist Wire, At Length, Fortnight Journal, Green Mountains Review, Afrobeat Journal, Tottenville Review, and American Short Fiction. Greenidge received her M.F.A. from Hunter College, where she studied with Nathan Englander and Peter Carey and was Colson Whitehead’s writing assistant as part of the Hertog Research Fellowship. She received the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize and was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence, and a Johnson State College visiting emerging writer. Originally from Boston, she now lives in Brooklyn.

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 Osama Alomar, Luc Sante, Jane Hirshfield, and Walter Mosley.

To learn more about this reading series and the Program in Creative Writing, visit

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