Writers in Camden: Tina Chang and Marie Howe

 

January 24, 2018

Workshop with Tina Chang, 3-4:30, Writers House

Reading: 7 pm, Location TBA 

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Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, Magdalene: PoemsThe Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do, and she is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.

Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Of Gods & Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.

Writers in Camden: Okey Ndibe and Peter Ho Davies

November 8, 2017
Workshop with Okey Ndibe: 3-4:30 pm, Writers House 
Reading: 7 pm, Stedman Gallery

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Peter Ho Davies is the author of two novels, The Fortunes (winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the Chautauqua Prize) and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize), and two short story collections, The Ugliest House in the World (PEN/Macmillian Award winner) and Equal Love (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year). His work has appeared in HarpersThe Atlantic, and The Paris Review, and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. In 2003 Granta magazine named him among its Best of Young British Novelists. Davies is also a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a winner of the PEN/Malamud Award. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, he now makes his home in the US, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.
 
Nigerian-born Okey Ndibe is a novelist, memoirist, political commentator, and essayist. He is the author of Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the making of a Nigerian American; and the novels Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc. His award winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, BBC online, Al Jazeera online, Financial Times, Fabian Society Journal, and the (Nigerian) Daily Sun, where his widely syndicated weekly column appears. Ndibe first came to the US to be the founding editor of African Commentary, a US-based international magazine published by the late great novelist Chinua Achebe. 

Writers in Camden: Lydia Millet

October 18, 2017
Workshop with Lydia Millet – 3-4:30 pm, Writers House
Reading: 7 pm – Stedman Gallery

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Lydia Millet is an American novelist and conservationist. Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim fellow, among other honors. Laura Miller of Salon has described Millet’s writing as “…always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself.” Millet has written books and stories that range from the philosophical to the satirical, on matters including the inventors of the atom bomb, political culture under George H.W. Bush, the discovery of mermaids in a coral reef and the crises of extinction and climate change. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona with her two children and works for the Center for Biological Diversity.

Writers in Camden: Eileen Pollack and Diane Seuss



September 13, 2017

Workshop with Eileen Pollack

3-4:30 pm, Writers House

Reading: 7 pm – Stedman Gallery

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Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Four-Legged Girl, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open won the Juniper Prize and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her poetry has been published in a broad range of literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Iowa Review, New England Review, and The New Yorker. Seuss’s fourth collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2018.

Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novel A Perfect Life, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2016. Her other novels include Paradise, New York, and Breaking and Entering, which was awarded the 2012 Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and In the Mouth, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Eileen’s work of creative nonfiction Woman Walking Ahead is soon to be a movie starring Jessica Chastain. Her investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club was published in 2015 by Beacon Press. A new novel, The Bible of Dirty Jokes, is due out in 2018. Eileen has received fellowships from the NEA, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Her novella “The Bris” was chosen by Stephen King to appear in the Best American Short Stories 2007; other stories have been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and prizes for best fiction of the year from Ploughshares, Literary Review, and MQR. Her essay “Pigeons” was selected by Cheryl Strayed for the 2013 edition of Best American Essays. She divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor, where she is a professor on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

 

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.