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:
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
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
Joyce Carol Oates Lauren Prastien
Chang-rae Lee Anji Shin
Jeffrey Eugenides Lillian Li
Michael Dickman Mirabella Mitchell
Timothy Donnelly Matthew Brailas
C.K. Williams Misha Semenov
Susanna Styron Philip Rosen
“Life Writing” A.M. Homes Stephanie Tam
“Fiction: How to write a novel” Susan Choi Quintilio Rose
May 2, 2012
Readings will begin at 5:15 PM
Free and open to the public
Chancellor Green Rotunda