Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned undergraduate Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will present new work in a series of readings. On Tuesday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda, selected students from spring courses in creative writing will read from their work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and literary translation. Next, on Tuesday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. at Prospect House on Princeton’s campus, seniors in the Program in Creative Writing will read from the screenplays and collections of poems written as their theses under the mentorship of professional writers on the faculty. The series will conclude on April 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Prospect House when seniors in the Program in Creative Writing will read from the novels and collections of short stories written as their senior theses under the mentorship of professional writers on the faculty.
All the readings, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading series, are free and open to the public. Advanced tickets are required through University Ticketing at tickets.princeton.edu. All guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all those eligible to receive it. Additionally, all guests must wear a mask when indoors. Please note that readers may be unmasked while presenting. Guests in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least one week prior to the event date.
Through the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center, students can earn a certificate in creative writing in addition to their degree in a major. Each senior has the opportunity to pursue original work in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and translation under the guidance of practicing, award-winning writers on the faculty, including Michael Dickman, Aleksandar Hemon, A.M. Homes, Daphne Kalotay, Christina Lazaridi, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Susan Wheeler, and a number of distinguished lecturers and visiting professors.
On April 26, the seniors who will read from their screenplays are Hailey Colborn and Jacqueline Pothier. The seniors who will read from their poetry are Silma Berrada, Ned Furlong, Christina Im, AG McGee, Alissa Nalewajko, Noel Peng, Maya Rabinowitz, Malcolm Slutzky, Ellen Whiteside, Grace Xu, and Mina Yu.
On April 27, the seniors who will read from their novels and collections of short stories are Molly Bremer, Iliyah Coles, Thomas Dayzie, Lila Harmer, Asad Hassan, Makailyn Jones, Vail Linn, Alex Marino, Maya Mishra, Sydney Peng, Aleeza Schoenberg, Marc Schorin, Henry Slate, Peter Taylor, and Emily Weiss.
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. Guest writers over the past academic year included Maaza Mengiste, Sherwin Bitsui, Jenni Olson, Peter Ho Davies, Garrett Hongo, Gish Jen, Brontez Purnell, and Marilyn Nelson. All readings are free and open to the public.
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