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 Carolyn Coleburn

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7 pm

Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center 

326 Penn Street 
Kirby 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.


Carolyn Coleburn’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. 

Lee Boudreaux is Vice President and Editorial Director of Lee Boudreaux Books. She joined Little, Brown in 2014 after nine years as Editorial Director of Ecco, a division of HarperCollins. She has worked with Curtis Sittenfeld, Daniel Bergner, Patrick deWitt, Ben Fountain, Eleanor Henderson, Smith Henderson, Madeline Miller, Alissa Nutting, Ivy Pochoda, Ron Rash, Jennifer Senior, Kevin Wilson, David Wroblewski, and Nell Zink. Drawn to unusual voices, unexpected stories and a strong sense of place, Boudreaux focuses on literary fiction and has a soft spot for all things Southern. Novels she has edited have won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and have been finalists for the National Book Award, the Booker prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her first list will launch in Spring 2016.

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