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2012 - 13 Hodder Fellows
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

(Princeton, NJ)  Four writers selected as the Lewis Center for the Arts’ 2012-13 Hodder Fellows will read on Wednesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.  Poet James Arthur, fiction writer Melinda Moustakis, non-fiction writer Yasmine El Rashidi, and playwright A. Rey Pamatmat will begin their ten-month residencies at the Lewis Center by opening the 2012-13 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

“The Hodder Fellowships are awarded to men and women during that crucial period in their careers when they have demonstrated exceptional promise, but not yet received widespread recognition,” notes Lewis Center Chair Michael Cadden. “We are pleased to launch their Fellowships with us by sharing their work with the community through this reading.”

James ArthurJames Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Narrative.  He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, as well as fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. His first book, Charms Against Lightening, will be published in November 2012 by Copper Canyon Press.  During his fellowship at Princeton, Arthur plans to work on his second book of poetry.

Melinda MoustakisMelinda Moustakis’ first book, a collection of linked short stories, Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, was published by University of Georgia Press in 2011 and won the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and the Maurice Prize. She received her M.A. from the University of California Davis and her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. She was recently named a 2011 “5 Under 35” writer by the National Book Foundation. Moustakis plans to work on her first novel during her fellowship, a full-length book that captures the Alaskan fishing community and its many complicated relationships between fishermen, fisherwomen, guides, locals, tourist, scientists, and the wilderness and wildlife.

A. Rey PamatmatA. Rey Pamatmat recently received the 2011-12 Playwright of New York Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center.  His play, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, began its rolling world premiere at the 2011 Humana Festival before playing at New Theater, Actors Express, Mu Performing Arts, B Street Theater, and Manbites Dog Theater in the 2011-12 season. His plays have been produced off-off Broadway by Second Generation (Thunder Above, Deeps Below), the Vortex Theater (DEVIANT), HERE (High/Limbo/High), and Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company (Red Rover). Samuel French recently published both Edith and Thunder Above. Rey’s work has been developed nationwide at The Public Theater, Playwrights’ Horizons, the Eugene O’Neill Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Magic Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and New Dramatists. He has received a Princess Grace Fellowship for Playwriting, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission, and is a member of the Ma-Yi Theater Company Writers’ Lab. He received his B.F.A. from New York University and his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Yasmine El RashidiYasmine El Rashidi is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture journal Bidoun. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian, London Review of Books, Index on Censorship, Aperture, The Wall Street Journal, and the Arabic literary journal Weghat Nazar. A collection of her writings on the Egyptian revolution, The Battle for Egypt, was published last year (New York Review of Books/Random House). She was born and raised in Cairo, where she currently resides.  El Rashidi’s plans for her fellowship will be to work on a book, a generational portrait, reflective of life in Egypt over the past few decades. El Rashidi will also be featured as part of The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in a conversation with writer Margot Badran on September 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.

The Lewis Center’s Program in Creative Writing annually presents the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, which provides an opportunity for students, as well as all in the greater Princeton region, to hear and meet the best writers of contemporary poetry and fiction.  All readings are free and open to the public and take place on select Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.  Other readings scheduled in the 2012-13 series include:

  • Laura Kasischke  and Wallace Shawn on October 3
  • Denis Johnson and Tom Sleigh on November 14
  • Alicia Ostricker and AS Byatt on February 13
  • Nikky Finney and Azar Nafisi on March 13
  • Matthew Dickman and Joseph O'Neill on April 17

Readings of student work will also be scheduled as part of the series.

The Lewis Center for the Arts encompasses Princeton University’s academic programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts, as well as the interdisciplinary Princeton Atelier.   The Center represents a major initiative of President Shirley M. Tilghman to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton.  Over 100 diverse public performances, exhibitions, readings, and lectures are offered each year, most of them free or at a nominal admission fee.  For more information about the Lewis Center for the Arts visit

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