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Poet Denise Duhamel and Writer Teju Cole Read at Lewis Center for the Arts
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

On Wednesday, February 12, award-winning poet Denise Duhamel and fiction writer Teju Cole 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 Molly O’Neill will also read from her recent poems. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

Denise DuhamelDenise Duhamel is the author of Blowout (2013), which was shortlisted for a National Book Critic’s Circle Award, Ka-Ching! (2009), Two and Two (2005), Mille et un Sentiments (2005), and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (2001). She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts award, and was selected for residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been included in several volumes of Best American Poetry, which she guest edited in 2013. She is a professor of creative writing and literature at Florida International University in Miami. 

Duhamel will be introduced by Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Professor of Creative Writing at the Lewis Center.

Teju ColeTeju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. His books include the novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and his novel, Open City (2012), which won several awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New York City Book Award for Fiction. Open City was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. Cole is a contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, Aperture, and several other magazines. He serves as the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Bard College and is a contributing editor at the New Inquiry. He is currently at work on a book-length non-fiction narrative about Nigeria.

Cole will be introduced by Maaza Mengiste, author of the award-winning Beneath the Lion’s Gaze and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center.

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.

Other upcoming readings in the series include Dana Levin and Claire Vaye Watkins on March 12 and D.A. Powell and Ann Beattie on April 16. In May, students in the Program in Creative Writing will present readings of their work, including seniors who are completing a certificate in the program.

Photo Caption 1:  Poet Denise Duhamel 
Photo Credit 1:  Photo by Gary Lanier
Photo Caption 2:  Writer Teju Cole
Photo Credit 2:  Photo courtesy of Teju Cole
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