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Program in Creative Writing presents Readings of New Work

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work in a series of readings.  On May 1 at 5:15 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the University campus, students from spring workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and literary translation will read from their work completed during the past semester. On May 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Palmer House, 1 Bayard Lane, seniors completing a certificate in the Program will read from their senior thesis work, which they completed over the course of the past academic year.  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. Both events are followed by public receptions.

“Audiences can expect a wide range of very excellent, exciting and engaging new work from our students,” notes Chang-rae Lee, Acting Director of the Program. “Our seniors in particular have spent the past four years in small, intimate workshops learning from some of the greatest writers of our time and one another.”

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, screenwriting and translation under the guidance of 15 practicing, award-winning writers, including Jeffrey Eugenides, Chang-rae Lee, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, Edmund White, and C.K. Williams. 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 writing thesis, such as a novel, screenplay, or a collection of short stories, poems, or translations.

On May 6, seniors who will be presenting theses in poetry are Lily Akerman, Flannery Cunningham, Grant Hailer, Ana Istrate, Mirabella Mitchell and Maia ten Brink . Fiction writers reading are Daniel Abromowitz, Richard Gadsden, Devan Kreisberg, Elaine Leong, Lillian Li, Mohit Manohar, Lauren Prastien, Laura Preston, Phoebe Rusch, Anji Shin, Eric Silberman, Sarah Simon and Rebecca Welbourn.  Brian Barrett will read from his work in screenwriting, and Audrey H. Hall and Thomas Merkens will read from their translation work.

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 who read from their works over the past academic year include Wallace Shawn (playwriting), Laura Kasischke (poetry), Denis Johnson (fiction), Tom Sleigh (poetry), A.S. Byatt (fiction), Alicia S. Ostriker (poetry), Azar Nafisi (nonfiction), Nikky Finney (poetry), Joseph O’Neill (fiction) and Matthew Dickman (poetry). All readings are free and open to the public.

To learn more about the Program in Creative Writing, the reading series, and the more than 100 public events offered annually by the Lewis Center for the Arts visit

Event Information

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Readings will begin at 5:15 PM
Chancellor Green Rotunda 



Monday, May 6, 2013
Readings will begin at 4:30 PM
Palmer House at 1 Bayard Lane



Both readings are ree and open to the public


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