Gregory Pardlo & Susan Muaddi Darraj 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Susan Muaddi Darraj will also conduct a workshop at the Writers House. 

susan darrajSusan Muaddi Darraj is the author of A Curious Land: Stories from Home,  which was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. The book was published in December 2015 by the University of Massachusetts Press. She is Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and a Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing program. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press. She has also contributed book chapters to several anthologies and collections, including Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction and Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. Susan is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

GregoryPardlo-300x200Gregory Pardlo‘s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo joins the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden in the fall of 2016. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

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Jonathan Raymond & Idra Novey

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Idra Novey will also conduct a workshop from 3-4:30 pm at the Writers House. Community members are welcome. Idra will read and comment on 3-5 manuscripts of 10 pages or fewer. This is a multi-genre workshop – you may submit fiction, poetry, translation, or a combination. To submit your work, email it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file to writers@camden.rutgers.edu. Submissions are due October 6; participants will be notified if their work is selected by October 17. 

author photo, Idra NoveyIdra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil, and New York. Her poetry collection Exit, Civilian was selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into eight languages and she’s written for The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and The Paris Review. She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. 

.jpgJon Raymond is the author of the novels Rain Dragon and The Half-Life, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short-story collection Livability, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film Meek’s Cutoff and cowriter of the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both based on his short fiction, and the film Night Moves. He also cowrotethe HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, winner of five Emmy Awards. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jericho Brown & Rick Moody 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

7 pm, Multi Purpose Room, Campus Center (326 Penn Street) 

Rick Moody will also present a workshop from 3-4:30 pm at the Writers House. Community members are welcome. He will read and comment on 3-5 manuscripts of 10 pages or fewer. To submit your work, email it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file to writers@camden.rutgers.edu. Submissions due November 14; participants will be notified if their work is selected by November 23.

brown31-200x270Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

200px-Rick_MoodyRick Moody is the author of numerous novels, including Garden State, The Ice Storm, The Four Fingers of Death, The Diviners, and Purple America. Right Livelihoods, a book of three novellas, was published in 2007. His collections of short fiction include The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven and DemonologyThe Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions was a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir. His collection of essays, On Celestial Music, was published in 2012. Moody is the recipient of the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship. 

Melissa Fay Greene & Tyehimba Jess 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 

7 pm 

Walt Whitman Center, 101 Cooper Street 

Melissa Fay Greene will also present a workshop from 3-4:30 pm at the Writers House. Community members are welcome. Melissa will read and comment on 3-5 manuscripts of 10 pages or fewer. To submit your work, email it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file to writers@camden.rutgers.edu. Submissions are due January 9; participants will be notified if their work is selected by January 18.

thumbnail_Greene author photoMelissa Fay Greene is the author, most recently, ofThe Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love. Her earlier books, including Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), andThere Is No Me Without You (2007) have been translated into 15 languages and have been honored with two National Book Award nominations, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, and Sheetrock was named one of the top 100 works of English-language journalism of the 20th century. Melissa is a 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, a 2013 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, and a 2015-2016 Guggenheim Fellow. She and her husband live in Atlanta and are the parents of nine. 

jessDetroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Olio, his second collection, is forthcoming from Wave Books in April 2016. Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Paul Goldberg & Traci Brimhall 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

7 pm 

Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center 

326 Penn Street 

Traci Brimhall will also present a workshop from 3-4:30 in the Writers House, 305 Cooper Street. Community members welcome! Traci will read and comment on 3-5 manuscripts of 3-5 pages. To submit your work, email it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file to writers@camden.rutgers.edu. Submissions are due February 1; participants will be notified if their work is selected by February 7.

Brimhall_Headshot_2014-210-expTraci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award; and Saudade (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014.  She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writingand the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS.

goldbergPaul Goldberg first heard a Moscow version of the myth about Jews using blood for religious rituals when he was 10, in 1969. By the time he emigrated to the US in 1973, he had gathered the massive collection of Moscow stories which underpin his debut novel, The Yid. As a reporter, Goldberg has written two books about the Soviet human rights movement, The Final Act and The Thaw Generation (with Ludmilla Alexeyeva). He is the editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter, a weekly publication focused on the business and politics of cancer, and coauthor (with Otis Brawley) of a book about the American healthcare system, How We Do Harm. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere, and he has been featured on 60 Minutes20/20, CNN, and NPR. He lives in Washington, DC.

Spring 2017 Publishing Panel 

Lee Boudreax, Kirby Kim and Whitney Peeling

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7 pm

Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center 

326 Penn Street 

Kirby Kim compressedKirby Kim of Janklow and Nesbit is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Pomona College and UC Hastings College of the Law. Kirby moved out to New York in the spring of 2004 and got his first job in publishing working for Charlotte Sheedy Literary, at that time an affiliate of Sterling Lord Literistic. He then moved to Vigliano Associates where he gradually started representing his own projects. In 2008, he joined Endeavor which the following year merged with William Morris. He stayed at WME for five years before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Kirby represents both literary and commercial authors. When it comes to literary work, he’s alternatively drawn to rich, sweeping stories that try to encompass a time or a place or tightly written, narratively innovative stories that bridge genres. His commercial interests include thriller, horror, speculative and science fiction, young adult, and middle grade. He also represents a range of nonfiction working with leaders and journalists in the areas of science, culture and current affairs. He’s also known for representing pop culture, in particular music and comedy. Kirby is currently a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.

whitneythumbnailWhitney Peeling’s in-house publicity career began (while the ink on her college diploma dried) at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, continued at W.W. Norton, and concluded at PublicAffairs, wher eshe was the Director of Publicity for four years. Travel throughout India; work with one of her heroes, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus; and a three-month sabbatical full of intensive reading marked her time before she returned to New York and then Philadelphia as an independent publicist in 2010. Past and present clients and projects include the Whiting Foundation, Daniel Kahneman (Thinking, Fast and Slow), Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness and Command and Control), Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction), Paul Farmer (To Repair the World), and Adam Grant (Give and Take and Originals). Peeling is a co-founder of Broadside PR, a literary marketing and publicity group that works with writers and literary organizations. 

This annual panel features an agent, a publisher, and an editor discussing the process of bringing a book into the world. This event also features Lee Boudreaux (Hachette Book Group)

Lauren Grodstein & Patrick Rosal  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

7 pm 

Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center 

326 Penn Street 

Lauren Grodstein is the author of The New York Times-bestselling A Friend of the Family, The Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything, and the forthcoming Our Short History, among other works. Her articles, essays, and reviews have been included in Post Road, The New York Times, Columbia, and other publications, and her work has been widely anthologized. She directs the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden.

patrick-rosalPatrick Rosal is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His most recent book is Brooklyn Antediluvian (2016). Boneshepherds (2011), was named a small press highlight by the National Book Critics Circle and a notable book by the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive(2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including The New York Times, Tin House, New England Review, Poetry, GrantlandThe Breakbeat Poets Anthology, and The Best American Poetry