Upcoming Events

Jenny Zhang

Thursday, February 6, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Jenny Zhang is the author of the short story and poetry collections Sour HeartDear Jenny, We Are All Find; and (forthcoming) My Baby First Birthday. She is the recipient of the Pen/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction, the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and an O. Henry award.

Tracie Morris

Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Tracie Morris is the author/editor of seven books. Her installation and performance venues include Dia: Chelsea, The New Museum, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Drawing Center, The Museum of Modern Art, Albertine, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lévy Gorvy and The Whitney Biennial. She has been a fellow of Cave Canem, the CPCW Fellow of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, the WPR Fellow of Harvard University as well as the Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies. Tracie holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She has been a professor for over 20 years at many prestigious institutions and is currently the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Iowa Writers Workshop. 

 


Photo credit: Nelson Hancock


Jamil Jan Kochai

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Jamil Jan Kochai is the O. Henry Prize winning author of the debut novel 99 Nights in Logar, which has been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. He was a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was also awarded the Henfield Prize for Fiction. His fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018, A Public Space, and The Sewanee Review. His essays have been published at The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He currently resides in Sacramento, California.

Ben Lerner

Thursday, February 27, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Ben Lerner has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of three novels (Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04, and The Topeka School), three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg FiguresAngle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), and a work of criticism (The Hatred of Poetry). Recent collaborations with artists include Blossom with Thomas Demand and The Snows of Venice with Alexander Kluge. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

Namwali Serpell

Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her first novel, The Old Drift, was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and named one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, one of Time’s 100 Must-Read Books of the Year, and a book of the year by New York Times Critics, the Atlantic, NPR, and BuzzFeed.

phto credit: Yanina Gotsulsky

Monica Youn

Thursday, April 2, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award, longlisted for the National Book Award, and named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and BuzzFeed. Her previous book Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has been awarded the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a Stegner Fellowship among other honors. The daughter of Korean immigrants, and a member of the Racial Imaginary Institute, she teaches at Princeton and in the MFA programs at NYU and Columbia.

Terrance Hayes

Thursday, April 30, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Terrance Hayes is the author of six poetry collections: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and TS Eliot Prize; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. His prose collection, To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. Hayes has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Whiting Foundation, and is a professor of English at New York University.