Victor LaValle

April 1, 2015
7 pm, Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Victor LaValle - Rutgers Writers in Camden Victor LaValle is the author of one story collection and three novels. His most recent novel, The Devil in Silver, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He teaches creative writing in Columbia Universitys MFA program.


Spring 2015 Publishing Panel

Jeff Kleinman, Anjali Singh, & James Marcus

March 11, 2015
7 pm, Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building

There will be an agent workshop from 3-4:30 pm in Armitage Hal Room 108.

Jeff Kleinman photoJeff Kleinman is one of the founders of Folio Literary Management, LLC, an agency that is forward-thinking and able to offer services that “traditional” literary agencies don’t provide. Kleinman represents projects with unique voices, strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective. Over the course of his career he’s represented many successful novels, including: Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain and Elizabeth Lett’s The Eighty Dollar Champion, both New York Times best sellers.

Anjali SinghAnjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout; she then moved on to be an editor at Vintage Books (where she acquired Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun), and later worked as a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster, where she acquired and edited many literary authors, among them Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Brigid Pasulka, Jim Gavin, Elissa Schappell, and Lara Vapnyar. She is currently Editorial Director at Other Press, where she gets to work on international fiction, and is especially excited about the following forthcoming titles: Andrea Gillie’s The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay, Saleem Haddad’s debutLast Stand at Guapa, and Baz Dreisinger’s nonfiction reportage on prisons around the world, tentatively titledIncarceration Nations.

James MarcusJames Marcus is the executive editor of Harper’s Magazine, where he acquires and edits reportage, essays, memoir, criticism, and fiction. He is the author of Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut, as well as seven translations from the Italian, the most recent being Giacomo Casanova’s The Duel. His next book, Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Emerson in Fifteen Installments, will be published in 2016.

Mitchell S. Jackson & Tiphanie Yanique

February 18, 2015
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building 

Mitchell S. Jackson will conduct a fiction workshop from 5-6:30 pm in Armitage Hall Room 108.

Mitchell JacksonMitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Times of London, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The novel was honored with the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Jackson has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, The Center for Fiction, and the Urban Artist Initiative. He teaches writing at New York University and Columbia University.

Tiphanie Yanique - Rutgers Writers in Camden seriesTiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press, and the novel Land of Love and Drowning, which is currently a finalist for the Center for Fictions first novel award. In 2014, BookPage listed her as one of the fourteen women to watch out for. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at the New School in New York City.

Elisa Albert & Leslie Jamison

January 28, 2015
Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Elisa Albers-Writers in Camden SeriesElisa Albert is the author of After Birth (forthcoming in 2015), The Book of Dahlia, How This Night is Different, and the editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot. (2010).  Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies.

Leslie Jamison - Rutgers Writers in Camden SeriesLeslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times, where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. She was raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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