The Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Writing Program's 2016 - 17 Creative Writing Lecture Series welcomes writers Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, and Mitchell Jackson to Columbia University School of the Arts for talks on literary craft.

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The Creative Writing Lecture Series, now in its ninth year, brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on literary craft. The writers are diverse and brilliant, with a wide range of artistic strategies, and each talk turns into a short course on the challenges of making vital literary art. Among our past guests are Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gaitskill, James Wood, Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan, Nicholson Baker, and Lydia Millet (above).

All events are free and open to the public. They are held in Dodge Hall (2960 Broadway, Room 501) on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, at 116th Street and Broadway, at 7 pm; any schedule or location changes will be posted. The series is sponsored by the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program

—Series Director Ben Marcus
 
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Spring 2017 Events
Eileen Myles
 
Eileen Myles
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7 pm
Dodge Hall, Room 501
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway   
 
Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls in 2015. Upcoming is Afterglow (a memoir) a fantastic book about a pitbull named Rosie (1990-2006). Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, a Creative Capital nonfiction award, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Their Inferno was named to the Slate/Whiting novel list and in 2015 they received the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They live in Marfa, TX and New York. more
 
 
Maggie Nelson
 
Maggie Nelson
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7 pm
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. Her nonfiction titles include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, 2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011; named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (Wave Books, 2009; named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years), The Red Parts (Free Press, 2007; reissued by Graywolf, 2016), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (U of Iowa Press, 2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist for the PEN/ Martha Albrand Art of the Memoir). more
 
 
Mitchell S. Jackson
 
Mitchell S. Jackson
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7 pm
Dodge Hall, Room 501
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway   

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel, The Residue Years, was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Times of London. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. Jackson’s honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the Bread Loaf Conference, and the Center For Fiction. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, Salon, and Tin House. His narrative nonfiction book, Survival Math, will be released from Scribner in 2017. He serves on the faculty of New York University. more

 

 

 
 


 
 
 


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