Writing Program Events

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

WRITING EVENTS

 

February 20

Creative Writing Lecture: Katie Kitamura

501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 7:00 PM

Series organized by Ben Marcus, Writing Katie Kitamura's third novel, A Separation, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori. It was named a Best Book of the Year by over a dozen publications, has been optioned for film, and will be translated into sixteen languages. Her two previous novels, Gone To The Forest and The Longshot, were both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and Santa Maddalena, Katie has written for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and frieze.


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February 27

Nonfiction Dialogues: Nicholson Baker

501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 7:00 PM

In conversation with Lis Harris, Writing Nicholson Baker was born in Manhattan in 1957 and grew up in Rochester, New York. He has published sixteen books—including The Mezzanine (1988), U and I (1991), Human Smoke (2008), The Anthologist (2009), and Substitute (2016)—and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, the New York Review of Books, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Essays. Baker and his wife Margaret Brentano have two children; they live on the Penobscot River in Maine.


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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 Chris Andrews, Natasha Wimmer and Edith Grossman.

 

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.