Writers in Camden Presents: Meg Wolitzer

April 3, 2019 – 7 pm, Multi Purpose Room, Campus Center 

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, The Wife, and other books. She was the guest editor for The Best American Short Stories 2017, and her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories,and The Pushcart Prize. In 2018 The Wife was adapted into a feature film starring Glenn Close. Wolitzer is a member of the MFA faculty at Stony Brook Southampton, where she co-founded their BookEnds program. She has been a guest artist at the Princeton Atelier at Princeton University, and lives in New York City.


Parking is available for free at the Camden County Garage, 601 Penn Street. Take a ticket as you enter the garage. When you return to your car, validate your ticket by telling the attendant you were present at this event.

Writers in Camden Presents: Publishers Panel

March 6, 2019 – 7 pm, Multi Purpose Room, Campus Center (326 Penn Street)

Our annual Publishers Panel returns, featuring an editor, publisher, agent, and bookseller who discuss what it takes to bring a book from final draft to bookshelf.



Anjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. In her twenty plus years in publishing, she has worked as a literary scout, as an editor at Vintage Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster, and as Editorial Director at Other Press. Among the authors she has worked with are Marjane Satrapi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nadeem Aslam, Preeta Samarasan, Samantha Hunt, Brigid Pasulka and Saleem Haddad. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, memoirs, MG and YA literature and graphic novels for all ages.


Richard Nash is a strategist, consultant and serial entrepreneur in new and traditional media. He led partnerships and content at the culture discovery start-up Small Demons and the new media app Byliner. Previously he ran independent publishers Soft Skull Press, and Red Lemonade where he published Maggie Nelson, NBCC finalist for criticism Lynne Tillman, PEN Bingham winner Vanessa Veselka’s Zazen, Man Booker International Finalist Alain Mabanckou, Pulitzer finalist Lydia Millet, Jonathan Evison, poet CAConrad and many others, for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers’ Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. In 2010 the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and in 2013 the Frankfurt Book Fair picked him as one of the Five Most Inspiring People in Digital Publishing. Last year he founded a shared US publishing office for five of the world’s leading independent publishers and this year he launched a book-and-wine subscription box called Rapt. He is completing his certification as an executive coach.


Steven Burns is the Project Director of APIARY Magazine, an annual Philly-centric literary magazine and nonprofit working to amplify the voices of writers of all ages, backgrounds, and expertise. APIARY X, which is supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Temple University’s Velocity Fund, will be published this April. Steve earned an MFA from Rutgers-Camden in 2015 and currently teaches 8th Grade English at Voorhees Middle School.


Ashley Montague has owned the Penn Book Center since 2005. Before that she worked teacher and in non-profit outreach.

Writers in Camden Presents: Kevin Browne

February 20, 2019 – 7 pm, Digital Commons, 101 Cooper Street 

Dr. Kevin Browne, photographer, scholar, and lecturer of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies presents Revelations: Caribbeanist Photography as Embodied Practice. Dr. Browne’s talk will draw from his recent book, High Mas: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Culture.


This talk takes place in the Digital Commons, 101 Cooper Street. Please note: Google Maps does not always provide correct directions to this address. From the Writers House, 305 Cooper Street, follow Cooper Street west toward N. 3rd Street. In one block, you will see Johnson Park on your right (small park featuring a rectangular pool) and behind it a building with columns labeled “library.” This is the building where the Digital Commons is located; enter through the front doors.

Also join us earlier in the evening at the Writers House for Dr. Browne’s workshop on community archives, open to all interested in learning to use archivists’ tools to document and maintain marginal histories. 

An Evening with Joe Gangemi

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — Multi Purpose Room, Campus Center 

JOE GANGEMI is a novelist and film and television writer-producer.  Among his films are Stonehearst Asylum, starring Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, and Ben Kingsley, Go With Me, starring Anthony Hopkins, and Wind Chill, starring Emily Blunt.  He co-created and executed produced the Amazon Studios original comedy, Red Oaks, starring Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, and Richard Kind, which ran for three seasons. Gangemi grew up in Delaware and graduated from Swarthmore College. 


The Honors College and Writers in Camden Present: Victor LaValle

November 7, 6:30 pm – Multi Purpose Room, Campus Center 

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The EcstaticBig MachineThe Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons andThe Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle’s DESTROYER.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.

He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and kids. He teaches at Columbia University.


Writers in Camden and LGBTQIA+ History Month Present: Melissa Febos

October 17, 2018

Melissa Febos, presents an afternoon workshop and evening reading at Rutgers. \

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, and an Indie Next Pick. Her second essay collection, Girlhood (Bloomsbury), will be published in 2019. Her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The New York Times, Vogue, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and prizes from places including LAMBDA Literary, The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, Ragdale, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. An Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University, she serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and lives in Brooklyn.



Workshop, 3 pm, Writers House (305 Cooper Street): 

Submit your fiction or nonfiction to a workshop with Melissa Febos on October 17 from 3 – 4:30 pm. 3 manuscripts of 10 pages or fewer will be selected; all are welcome to read the workshop samples and attend. 

Submit here by October 8. 

Reading, 7 pm, Campus Center (Conference Room West ABC)


The Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers Reads, and Writers in Camden Present: Colson Whitehead

September 26, 7 pm – Walter K. Gordon Theater

Colson Whitehead is the author of The Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of five other novels and two works of nonfiction. Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award, among many other honors. 

Members of the public and the Rutgers community may RSVP for Colson’s evening reading and lecture. 


Rutgers–Camden students, see the Rutgers Reads page at the Office of New Student Programs to learn more about events specifically for the Rutgers community.