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Fall 2012

September 24
Poets Out Loud
Let the Great City Spin: 21st Century Poetries in New York.
Nick Laird, John Murillo, Roger Sedarat
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge

Fall 2011

September 12
Poets Out Loud
Focus on New York: Patricia Spears Jones, Edwin Torres read
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge

September 13
Together We Are New York:  Revisioning 9/11
7 pm, McNally Auditorium

Readings and dialogues with Asian American poets and community members to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Featuring Hossannah Asuncion, Tamiko Beyer, Marlon Esguerra, April Heck, Eugenia Leigh, Bushra Rehman, Zohra Saed, Purvi Shah and R.A. Villanueva

October 5
Colloquia: Performing Your Work for an Audience
7 pm, South Lounge
In his debut collection, Leadbelly, Detroit native Tyehimba Jess brings vividly to life the quintessential African-American story of folk and blues legend Huddie William (“Leadbelly”) Ledbetter. A winner in the 2004 National Poetry Series, Leadbelly was named one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005” by The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review. Jess, a Cave Canem and New York University alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004­–5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000–2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. Widely published in anthologies and journals, Jess is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Staten Island in New York.

October 26

Prose Reading

7 pm, 12 Floor Lounge
What We Should Have Known

Malcolm Gladwell has said of the magazine n+1, "Intelligent thought is not dead in New York. It has simply moved to Brooklyn.”  n+1 editors and contributors talk frankly about regrets they have (or don't have) about college—what they wish they had read or not read, listened to or not listened to, thought or not thought, been or not been. n+1 is a print magazine of politics, literature, and culture founded in 2004 and published three times yearly.

October 27

Poets Out Loud
Celebration of POL’s twentieth Anniversary:
  J.D. McClatchy, Julie Sheehan read; poetry and music by Lawrence Kramer performed by Clarissa Lyons 

8:30 pm,
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

November 8, 10, 15 and 17
Kindred: A Creative Writing Workshop
Utilizing generative freewriting exercises, this workshop series will center on the crafting of a unique and powerful literary “voice.”  Nationally renowned multicultural writers will serve as instructors.   No experience necessary. Workshops will be limited to 15 students.  Reception to follow each workshop. 
Sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, The Creative Writing Program and Kundiman
To reserve your spot for Kindred, email

Rose Hill Kindred Dates, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Tuesday, November 8, McGinley Faculty Lounge
Tuesday, November 15, McGinley Room 234
Instructor:  R.A. Villanueva lives in Brooklyn. A finalist for the Beatrice Hawley Award and the Alice James Books/Kundiman Poetry Prize, his writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere.
Lincoln Center Kindred Dates, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 10, McMahon 205 - 206
Thursday, November 17, McMahon 205 - 206
Instructor:  Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a spoken word poet, playwright, and filmmaker whose work has been featured at over 450 venues worldwide including three seasons of "HBO Def Poetry." Award recipient of the Illinois Arts Council, Asian American Arts Alliance, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Asian Women Giving Circle, she has held residencies at Norcroft, Hedgebrook, New World Theater, and Urban Word NYC-New York Live Arts. An alum of VONA, Kundiman, Callaloo, and Cave Canem, Kelly has been profiled on Idealist in NYC's Top 40 NYC'ers Who Make Positive Social Change,’s “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30,” and HBO's "East of Main Street: Asians Aloud." (

November 30
Poets Out Loud
Quan Barry, Keith O’Shaughnessey
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge

December 7
Undergraduate Student Creative Writing Reading

 7 pm, 12 Floor Lounge

Spring 2011

January 24
Poets Out Loud

7 pm, 12 floor Lounge
Linda Gregerson and Rowan Ricardo Phillips read.

February 8

Prose Reading

7:30 pm, 12 Floor Lounge
Living & Writing New York

Arthur Phillips has written four novels, including the highly acclaimed Prague. His most recent, The Song Is You, takes place in New York City and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book this past year. He’s also just a really fascinating guy, having been a child actor, a jazz musician, and a five-time Jeopardy winner. He lives in Brooklyn. 

Ed Park is a founding editor of the literary magazine, The Believer and the former editor of the Voice Literary Supplement. His debut comic novel, Personal Days, traces the lives of a group of young office workers at a New York City company, and garnered comparisons to Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut. He lives in Manhattan. 

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and culture correspondent for Public Radio International’s morning show, “The Takeaway.” She’s the author of the non-fiction memoir, “Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream,” which chronicled the nearly impossible task of finding an apartment in New York City. She lives in Inwood. 

Jim Dwyer writes the About New York column for The New York Times. He’s the author of three books of non-fiction, including 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers. He is a Fordham graduate and lives in Washington Heights.

March 9

Writing Wednesdays: 
GraduateStudent Advising: Creative Writing and Beyond

7 pm, South Lounge

Ava Chin is the Urban Forager columnist for the New York Times City Room, and the editor of "Split: Stories from a Generation Raised on Divorce," described by Booklist as a "brave and insightful collection of essays." She has been featured on WNYC’s “All Things Considered,” the Whitney Museum, and the Knitting Factory, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, and Spin magazine, among others. She received her Masters from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and her PhD from the University of Southern California; she is an Assistant Professor in Creative Non-fiction and Journalism at the College of Staten Island.

Lytton Smith is the author of The All-Purpose Magical Tent (Nighboat, 2009), selected for the NIghtboat Prize by Terrance Hayes, and the chapbook Monster Theory (PSA, 2008), selected for a New York Chapbook Fellowship by Kevin Young. His translation of Bragi Olafsson's novel, The Ambassador, is forthcoming from Open Letter Fall 2010.

March 24
Poets Out Loud
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge
Fordham Faculty Poets read.

April 7
The Reid Family Writers of Color Series Presents:  Sapphire

12:00 - 1:30 pm, Plaza Level
Lincoln Center Student Q & A & Book-signing

5:00 - 6:30 pm, Keating 3rd
Rose Hill Reading & Book-signing

Famed in the worlds of literature, poetry, and literacy—and an extraordinary public speaker—Sapphire is first and foremost a poet and performer. She is the author of American Dreams, cited by Publisher's Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties;" and Black Wings & Blind Angels, of which Poets & Writers declared, "With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection retains Sapphire's incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds." Library Journal calls Sapphire’s poetry “spiky and uncompromising” and describes her as a “poet of slick-talking, nearly hallucinatory riffs on growing up poor, tough, and black in America.”  Sapphire’s bestselling novel, Push, about an illiterate, brutalized Harlem teenager, won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by The Village Voice as one of the top twenty-five books of 1996 and by TIMEOUT New York as one of the top ten books of 1996. Push was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. It was made into a major motion film, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, produced by Oprah Winfrey.


April 18
Writing Wednesdays: 
Undergraduate Student Creative Writing Reading

 7 pm, 12 Floor Lounge

April 29
Creative Writing Awards Ceremony
6 pm, South Lounge

April 26
Poets Out Loud, High School Student Outreach Reading
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge
High school students read with featured poet Marie Howe.

Marie Howe was born in 1950 and received her MFA from Columbia University in 1983.  Her debut volume, The Good Thief, was selected by Margaret Atwood as winner of the 1987 Open Competition of the National Poetry Series, published in 1988 by Persea Books. Since then, she has published two more collections, What the Living Do (W. W. Norton, 1998) and The Kingdom of the Ordinary (2008). 


Fall 2010

September 13
Poets Out Loud, New York Poems
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge

From Slam to Hiphop, from performance poetry to spoken word, Bob Holman has been a central figure in the reemergence of poetry in our culture. The series he produced for PBS, The United States of Poetry, features over sixty poets including Derek Walcott, Rita Dove, Czeslaw Milosz, Lou Reed and former President Jimmy Carter, as well as rappers, cowboy poets, American Sign Language poets, and Slammers.  He has appeared widely on TV: "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "ABC News Magazine," MTV's "Spoken Word Unplugged," and "The Charlie Rose Show," among others. The NEA has announced major preproduction support for his new poetry media project, The World of Poetry, the world’s first digital poetry anthology. Holman’s latest collection of poems, A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, was published in 2003 by Art of This Century/Pace Editions, and was first exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum during the Venice Biennale.

Rosanna Warren is the author of Departure (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003); Stained Glass (1993), which was named the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets; Each Leaf Shines Separate (1984); and Snow Day (1981).  Her awards include the Pushcart Prize, the Award of Merit in Poetry and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the May Sarton Prize, the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, the Ingram Merrill Grant for Poetry, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award, the Nation/"Discovery" Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.


October 6
Ice Cream Social: Intro to the English Major & Creative Writing Program Offerings
3 pm, McGinley Faculty Lounge
Make your own sundae and find out about English Major and Creative Writing events and opportunities.

October 13
Writing Wednesdays:  Graduate Student Creative Writing Reading
7 pm, South Lounge

October 26
Prose Reading

7 pm, 12 Floor Lounge

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here and the novel Union Atlantic. His story collection was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award and has been translated into fifteen languages. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center and residences at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. His essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope All-Story, Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Prize Stories, and National Public Radio's Selected Shorts. In 2006, he won the PEN/Malamud Award for accomplishment in short fiction and has also won the PEN/WinshipAward for the best book by a New England author. A graduate of Swarthmore College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Yale Law School, he has been a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Suki Kim graduated from Columbia University in New York and studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  Her first novel, The Interpreter, won the PEN Beyond Margins Award and the Gustav Myers Outstanding Book Award as well as being a runner up for the PEN Hemingway Prize.  Her nonfiction has appeared in NY Times, NY Review of Books, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Newsweek and Harper's etc.  Her latest essay, a feature on North Korean defectors, appeared in Harper's July issue.  Kim is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction.  

November 4
Poets Out Loud
7 pm, 12 floor Lounge

Anna Rabinowitz’s latest volume of poetry is THE WANTON SUBLIME: A Florilegium of Whethers and Wonders. Other volumes include DARKLING: A Poem, a book-length acrostic poem that was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Best Poetry Book of 2001 Award and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2002, and AT THE SITE OF INSIDE OUT, winner of the Juniper Prize.


Bino A. Realuyo is the author of The Umbrella Country, a novel, and The Gods We Worship Live Next Door, a poetry collection. His works have appeared in The Nation, The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, New Letters, and several anthologies.  For the past fifteen years, he has worked as an Adult Educator and Community Organizer in underserved communities in New York City.  He can be found on the web at  He recently founded a social enterprise for low-skilled, low-wage immigrant workers, We Speak America.

November 6
Turning Tides: A Symposium on Literatures in the Diaspora
1 - 6 pm, McNally Auditorium
For detailed information and RSVP, click here
This creative and scholarly symposium which will highlight three different legacies of diaspora in the United States:  Haiti, The Philippines and Puerto Rico.  Each panel will feature a short scholarly talk, a reading by two writers followed by a moderated conversation. A reading and reception will follow.  What do Filipino American writers take for granted, in terms of artistic freedom? In what political and aesthetic ways are Puerto Rican writers employing creative disobedience?  Until January 2010, descendents of the African diaspora could call Haiti their home-- that geography has been rent.  What kind of scattering will result?  And, how will it be told by writers? 

November 19

Undergraduate Student Creative Writing Reading

 7 pm, 12 Floor Lounge

November 30
The Reid Family Writers of Color Series Presents:
A Film Screening of Precious and Commentary by Valerie Smith
7 pm, McNally Auditorium

Valerie Smith is Professor and Director of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She is a specialist in African American literature and culture, with specific interests in black feminist theory and film studies. She received a Guggenheim Felllowship in 2005-06 and an Alphonse G. Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship in 2006-07. At present, she is completing a book on the Civil Rights Movement in cultural memory.

December 2
The Reid Family Writers of Color Series Presents:
A Film Screening of Precious and Commentary by Ed Guerrero
7 pm, Keating 3rd

Ed Guerrero is an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, and Africana Studies, at New York University. Professor Guerrero’s popular books,  Framing Blackness (Temple U. Press), and Do the Right Thing in the ‘Modern Classics’ series (British Film Institute), explore black cinema’s cultural, political and aesthetic history, as well as its critical discourse. Ed Guerrero has written numerous book chapters on black cinema,its movies, stars, culture and politics, as well as essays and reviews for such journals as Sight & Sound, CINEASTE, Film Quarterly, Discourse, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Ethnic & Racial Studies and Callaloo. Ed Guerrero’s research interests and projects encompass black cinema, black celebrity; Africa, Asia and their cinematic representation; science fiction & horror cinema, utopia/dystopia; mapping the Black Pacific, and theories exploring the burden of race and difference. In addition, Professor Guerrero has served on numerous editorial, review and executive boards including Cinema Journal, African American Review, The American Studies Association, The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.

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