Readings of New Work by Students in Creative Writing
Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work at a reading on December 12 at 5:15 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. Students from fall workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and literary translation will read from new work completed during the past semester. The reading, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public.
This year's readings feature:
Elizabeth C. Bolten ’14
Yessica Martinez ’15
“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. “These students have spent the past semester 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, Susan Wheeler, Edmund White, C.K. Williams, and Tracy K. Smith, who this year received the 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 reading in the coming months include A.S. Byatt (fiction) and Alicia S. Ostriker (poetry) on February 13, Azir Nafisi (fiction) and Nikky Finney (poetry) on March 13, and Joseph O’Neill (fiction) and Matthew Dickman (poetry) on April 17. All readings are free and open to the public.