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Program in Creative Writing presents Student Readings

Students in Princeton University’s world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work in a series of readings.  On May 2 at 5:15 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the campus students from spring workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and literary translation will read from their work.  On May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Nassau Club at 6 Mercer Street, seniors completing a certificate in the Program will read from their work in poetry, and on May 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Palmer House at 1 Bayard Lane, graduating fiction writers will read from their work.  The readings, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts, are free and open to the public.  All three events are followed by public receptions.

“Audiences can expect a wide range of very excellent, exciting and engaging new work from our students,” notes Susan Wheeler, Director of the Program.  “Many of these students have spent the past four years in small, intimate workshops learning from some of the greatest writers of our time and one another.”

Seniors who will be presenting work in poetry are Nina Bahadur, M. Derek Gideon, Carter Greenbaum, Michael Kuchta, Cara Liuzzi, Stephen Martis, and Q Miceli.  Fiction writers reading are seniors Amanda Bestor-Seigal, Patrick Carroll, Katherine Chen, Anna Condella, Jenna Devine, Spencer Gaffney, Megan Hogan, Minqi Jiang, Thuy-Lan Lite, Alyssa Loh, Julia Rose, John Shakespear, and Camila Vega.

Through the Program, students can earn a certificate in creative writing in addition to their degree in a major.  They have the opportunity to pursue original work in fiction, poetry and translation under the guidance of 15 practicing, award-winning writers, including Jeffrey Eugenides, Chang-rae Lee, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, Susan Wheeler, Edmund White, C.K. Williams, and Tracy K. Smith, who just received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.  Small workshop courses, averaging eight to ten students, provide intensive feedback and instruction for both beginners and advanced writers.  Each year 15 to 20 seniors work individually with a member of the faculty on a creative thesis, such as a novel or a collection of short stories, poems, or translations.

Graduates of the Program include such well-known writers as Jane Hirshfield ’73, Jodi Picoult ’87, Jonathan Safran Foer ’99, Jonathan Ames ‘87, and Monica Youn ‘93.

The Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series annually brings a number of distinguished writers to campus to read and discuss their work.  Writers hosted this past year include poets Rita Dove, Rae Armantrout, James Tate, Mary Ruefle and Anthony Carelli; fiction writers James Salter, Jonathan Franzen, Zadie Smith and Jane Smiley; screenwriter and novelist John Irving; and playwright Danai Gurira.   All readings are free and open to the public.  The Series will resume in September.

Student Readings in Poetry, Fiction, Translation and Screenwriting featuring the following students from the Spring 2012 courses:

Introductory Poetry

James Richardson    Hope Xu   
Meghan O’Rourke        Samantha Flitter       
Michael Dickman        Derek Grego
Tracy K. Smith        Susannah Sharpless
Susan Wheeler        Nick Orser   
Tracy K. Smith        Molly Bolten   
C.K. Williams        Grace Li       

Introductory Fiction

Joyce Carol Oates    Lolita De Palma   
Susanna Moore        Aliyah Donsky
Chang-rae Lee        Natasha Japanwala   
Colson Whitehead    Isabelle A. Laurenzi
Sheila Kohler        Vivian Ludford   
Susanna Moore        Alex Meyer   
Colson Whitehead    Taylor Mallory

Advanced Fiction

Joyce Carol Oates    Lauren Prastien        
Chang-rae Lee        Anji Shin   
Jeffrey Eugenides    Lillian Li    

Advanced Poetry

Michael Dickman        Mirabella Mitchell
Timothy Donnelly    Matthew Brailas   


C.K. Williams        Misha Semenov       


Susanna Styron        Philip Rosen       

Special Topics

“Life Writing”     A.M. Homes     Stephanie Tam       
“Fiction: How to write a novel” Susan Choi    Quintilio Rose   

Event Information


May 2, 2012

Readings will begin at 5:15 PM

Free and open to the public

Chancellor Green Rotunda 


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