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Writers A.S. Byatt and Alicia Ostriker
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

On Wednesday, February 13, Booker Prize-winning fiction writer A.S. Byatt and National Book Award finalist and poet Alicia Ostriker will read from their works as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Princeton student Audrey H. Hall will also read from her recent translation work. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

A.S. Byatt (c)Eamonn McCabeA.S. Byatt is renowned internationally for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer’s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. Her most recent novel, The Children’s Book was published in 2009. Her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, Elementals and Little Black Book of Stories.   She is also a distinguished critic in addition to her work fiction.

Byatt will be introduced by Paul Muldoon, Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center, and award-winning poet.

Alicia Ostriker by J.P. OstrikerTwice a finalist for the National Book Award, Alicia Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award.  Other books of poetry include No Heaven (2005); The Volcano Sequence (2002); Little Space (1998), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Crack in Everything (1996), which won the Paterson Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; The Imaginary Lover (1986), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; A Woman Under the Surface (1983), Once More Out of Darkness (1974), and Songs (1969). Known for her intelligence and passionate appraisal of women’s place in literature, Ostriker’s poetry and criticism investigates themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity, and personal growth. 

Ostriker will be introduced by Sarah Manguso, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center and a previous Princeton Hodder Fellow.

The Lewis Center’s Program in Creative Writing is sponsoring this event as part of 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. Remaining readings scheduled in the series include:

·       Nikky Finney and Azar Nafisi on March 13

·       Matthew Dickman and Joseph O'Neill on April 17

In addition, students in the Program in Creative Writing will present readings of their work in May, including seniors who are completing a certificate in the program.

To learn more about the Program in Creative Writing, the Reading Series, and the more than 100 events offered annually by the Lewis Center visit

Photos Link:
Photo Caption 1:  Award-winning novelist and short story writer A.S. Byatt
Photo Credit 1:   Photo by Eamonn McCabe
Photo Caption 2:  Award-winning poet Alicia Ostriker
Photo Credit 2:  Photo by J.P. Ostriker

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