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Poet Dana Levin and Writer Claire Vaye Watkins Read at Lewis Center for the Arts
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

On Wednesday, March 12, award-winning poet Dana Levin and Claire Vaye Watkins, author of the award-winning short story collection Battleborn, 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 senior and Program in Creative Writing thesis candidate Michael Cummings will also read from his screenwriting thesis project. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

dana levinDana Levin is the author of In the Surgical Theatre (1999), Wedding Day (2005), and Sky Burial (2011), which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Selecting Levin’s manuscript for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, Louise Glück praised the work as “sensuous, compassionate, violent, extravagant.” In the Surgical Theatre won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. Levin’s poetry and essays have appeared recently in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, APR, Agni, and Poetry. Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Her work has been widely anthologized and has won several Pushcart Prizes. Levin teaches at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe and Warren Wilson College.

Levin will be introduced by Michael Dickman, author of the award-winning The End of the West and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center.

claire watkinsClaire Vaye Watkins is the author of the short story collection Battleborn (2012), which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. A finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Battleborn was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, and  In 2012, Watkins was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, The New York Times, among others. Watkins has received fellowships from the Writers’ Conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Princeton University, she is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Watkins will be introduced by Colson Whitehead, who is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a 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.

The next reading in the series will feature 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 Dana Levin 
Photo Credit 1:  Photo by Anne Staveley
Photo Caption 2:  Writer Claire Vaye Watkins
Photo Credit 2:  Photo by Lily Glass
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