Creative Writing Program Reading Series

Creative Writing Program Reading Series

Distinguished writers read from their works, answer questions and sign books. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, call the Bryn Mawr College Office for the Arts at (610) 526-5210.

2013-14 Season

Upcoming Events

Photo of Chang-rae LeeChang-rae Lee
Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Chang-rae Lee is the author of five novels, including Native Speaker, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. His novel The Surrendered was the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In the New York Times Book Review, the critic Dwight Garner has called Lee “a graceful writer…a deft and original thinker about the vagaries of assimilation—about what it means to feel like a perpetual outsider in your adopted country.” Lee is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.


 

Past Events


photo of Kay Ryan Kay Ryan
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room

Kay Ryan served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2008 to 2010. She is the author of eight books of poems, including The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Ryan is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Poet J.D. McClatchy has said: “Her poems are compact, exhilarating, strange affairs. She is an anomaly in today’s literary culture: as intense and elliptical as Dickinson, as buoyant and rueful as Frost.”

This reading has been made possible with the support of the Jane Flanders Fund and the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.

photo of Robert Stone

Robert Stone
Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Thomas Great Hall

Fiction writer Robert Stone is the author of two collections of stories and six novels— including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award and one of Time Magazine’s “All-Time 100 Novels.” In 2006 he published a memoir of his time with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, Prime Green. A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, he is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEH grants. In fall 2013 he will publish his first novel in a decade, Death of the Black-Haired Girl.

photo of Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room

Short story writer Deborah Eisenberg is the author of six books: the story collections Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Under the 82nd Airborne, All Around Atlantis, Twilight of the Superheroes, and two retrospectives, The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg and The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg. She has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, a Whiting Award and the Rea Award for the Short Story. Writing in the New York Times, Jim Shepard has called Eisenberg’s stories “spirited and masterly road maps through sad and forbidding and desolate terrain.”

photo of Robert Hass

Robert Hass
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room

Poet, translator and essayist Robert Hass is the author of eight books of poetry, including Time and Materials: Poems 1997–2005, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and has twice won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, poet Michael Hofmann has said, “It has always been Mr. Hass’s aim to get the whole man, head and heart and hands and every­thing else, into his poetry.” Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997.

This reading has been made possible with the support of the Jane Flanders Fund and the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.

photo of Kevin Young

Kevin Young
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room

Kevin Young is the author of seven books of poems: Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels; Dear Darkness; For the Confederate Dead; Black Maria; Jelly Roll: A Blues; To Repel Ghosts; and Most Way Home, which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Writing of his work, the poet Lucille Clifton has said, “This poet’s gift of storytelling and understanding of the music inherent in the oral tradition of language re-creates for us an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American.”

This reading has been made possible with the support of the Jane Flanders Fund and the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.

photo of Francine ProseFrancine Prose
Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Goodhart Music Room

Francine Prose is the author of sixteen books of fiction, including Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction books include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife and the New York Times bestseller, Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of both the PEN/Translation Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center. The novelist Larry McMurtry has called her “deft and deep…one of our finest writers.”

ABOUT THE BRYN MAWR COLLEGE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM READING SERIES

In the almost thirty years since presenting its inaugural readings by Etheridge Knight and Toby Olson in the spring of 1985, the Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series has brought major American and international writers in all literary genres to engage with students and the Philadelphia area community. Series guests visit Creative Writing Program workshops and present free public readings from their work.

The series has featured Nobel Laureates Nadine Gordimer, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott; Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Egan, Richard Ford, Louise Gluck, Anthony Hecht, Edward P. Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paul Muldoon, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrienne Rich, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Paula Vogel, Richard Wilbur, August Wilson, and Charles Wright; former Poet Laureates of the United States Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, and Charles Simic; National Book Award winners Frank Bidart, Lucille Clifton, E.L. Doctorow, Terrance Hayes, Ha Jin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Peter Matthiessen, Alice McDermott, and Jean Valentine; Obie and Tony Award winner John Guare; and other esteemed authors and translators such as Lydia Davis, Umberto Eco, Robert Fagles, Ian McEwan, Rick Moody, and Zadie Smith, among others. Bryn Mawr College Visiting Distinguished Writers Karen Russell (2011-2012) and Robin Black (2012-2013) are among the fiction writers presented as part of the Series.

Other special events in the series have included a Tribute to Bryn Mawr alumna Marianne Moore, a program exploring connections between poetry and the visual arts, a recital of Beowulf by renowned performer Benjamin Bagby, a round-table discussion of the state of the short story in America, featuring four 2011 New Yorker "20 Under 40" honorees, and a public reading of John Milton’s verse drama Samson Agonistes by actors and poets including Claire Bloom, John Hollander, John Neville, Rosanna Warren, and others.

The Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series gratefully acknowledges support from the Jane Flanders Fund, the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry, and the Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69.  Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.