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.