Translator, writer, researcher, and Princeton alum Flora Thomson-DeVeaux will read from her work at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, via Zoom Webinar. Joining her will be Jimin Kang and Anna Yang – two seniors in Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing who will be reading from their recent work. This event continues the 2020-21 C.K. Williams Reading Series, named after the late Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet C.K. Williams, who also served on Princeton’s faculty for 20 years. This virtual event, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public.
The series showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests.
Flora Thomson-DeVeaux studied Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton and earned a Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Brown University. Her translations include João Cezar de Castro Rocha’s Shakespearean Cultures and Machado de Assis: Toward a Poetics of Emulation, Pedro Meira Monteiro’s The Other Roots, and Júnia Ferreira Furtado’s The Map that Invented Brazil, as well as, most recently, Machado de Assis’s The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (Penguin, 2020). Her writing has appeared in piauí, Quatro cinco um, and Machado de Assis em linha. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, where she is director of research for Rádio Novelo.
The two seniors, who are pursuing certificates in creative writing in addition to their major areas of study, will read from their senior thesis projects. They are among 24 Princeton seniors who are pursuing certificates in creative writing in addition to their major areas of study. Each is currently working on a novel, a screenplay, translations, or a collection of poems or short stories as 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 award-winning writers Michael Dickman, Aleksandar Hemon, A.M. Homes, Daphne Kalotay, Christina Lazaridi, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Susan Wheeler, Monica Youn, and a number of distinguished lecturers.
Upcoming guests in the 2020-21 C.K. Williams Series include Craig Santos Perez, Ottessa Moshfegh, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and Franny Choi. In addition, students in the Program in Creative Writing will read from work written in fall and spring semester workshops selected by faculty, and seniors in the program will read from their final thesis works in the spring.
Patrons in need of access accommodations in order to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Lewis Center at LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least two weeks in advance of the event date.
To learn more about the reading series, the Program in Creative Writing, and the more than 100 public performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts and lectures presented each year by the Lewis Center for the Arts, most of them free, visit arts.princeton.edu.