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Writers at Newark Reading Series: Chinelo Okparanta & Robin Coste Lewis
October 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
|Chinelo Okparanta, born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, is the author of Happiness, Like Water (stories) and Under the Undala Trees (novel). Her honors include an O. Henry Prize, a Lambda Award, and finalist selections for the Young Lions, the Caine Prize, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her stories have appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, and Tin House, among others. She lives in New York.|
|Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015), and winner of the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. She is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California. Lewis is also a Cave Canem fellow and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She received her BA from Hampshire College, her MFA in poetry from NYU, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. A finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, she has published her work in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review, among others. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis was born in Compton, California; her family is from New Orleans.|
The Rutgers University – Newark MFA Creative Writing Program is interested in the real world experience our students bring to the classroom, as well as to creative exchange beyond the university campus. Our most visible bridge to the University and to Newark is The Writers at Newark Reading Series, which brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus. The Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting. It is also the centerpiece for our community outreach programs, such as our Writers at Newark Mentors Program, where the Rutgers University – Newark Chancellor’s Office and the MFA Program partners with local Newark high schools. More Information about the Writers at Newark Reading Series
This program is made possible in part by the Graduate School-Newark, the English Department, the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Paul Robeson Galleries, the Cultural Programming Committee, the Department of African American and African Studies, the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, and the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities.