Writing Program Events

The Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program presents many events, readings, and conversations throughout the year.

WRITING EVENTS

 

November 13

Literary Translation at Columbia: John Keene

501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 7:30 PM

John Keene is an artist, a translator, and a writer. His recent books include: the story and novella collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015); the art book GRIND (Image Text Ithaca Press, 2016), an art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner; and the poetry chapbook Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016).


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November 21

Creativity, Addiction, and Mood Disorders

Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 The Lantern (Eighth Floor) 6:30 PM

A conversation about the relationship between mental illness, psychic suffering, addiction, and creativity, focused particularly on the poets Robert Lowell and John Berryman. Moderated by Phillip Lopate '64 CC, Writing. Books will be available for purchase.


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December 5, 2019 at 7 PM

What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you'll be reading in 2021!

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The Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Creative Writing Lecture Series brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on craft. Recent guests include Michael Chabon, Lydia Davis, Jennifer Egan, Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Lerner, George Saunders and Zadie Smith. In 2016–17, the Series welcomed writers Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, and Mitchell Jackson.
 

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.

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.

Ben Marcus, Series Director

Mitchell S. Jackson at the Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Nonfiction Dialogues

The Nonfiction Dialogues series, now in its tenth season, is a student-initiated evening series in which Professor Lis Harris interviews distinguished nonfiction writers about their work and careers. Guests have included Hilton Als, Ian Frazier, Philip Gourevitch, John D’Agata, Mary Karr and Pankaj Mishra. The Writing Program's 2016–17 Nonfiction Dialogues series welcomed writers James Carroll and Eula Biss to Columbia University School of the Arts.

Professor Lis Harris interviews Jane Mayer

More Events

Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) hosts events with leading literary translators from around the world. Recent guests include Margaret Jull Costa, Ana Luísa Amaral and Emily Wilson.

 

The Poetry Reading Series is overseen by Writing Chair Timothy Donnelly.

 

In addition, students curate and host two student reading series, and alumni curate and host MFA Selects at the KGB Bar once a month.

Writing alumni Joss Lake and Michele Koury at the 2017 Agents Mixer

Agents Mixer

Each spring, Writing Program alumni and research arts students with completed manuscripts connect with literary agents at the annual Writing Program Agents Mixer. The event allows attendees to catch up with classmates and offers the opportunity to engage in productive conversations with industry professionals.