Creative Writing

Rankine Featured at Reid Writers of Color Reading Series

On Friday, April 15 the Fordham English department hosted the 2016 Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series. The 2016 Reid Writer was award-winning author of Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine.

The series featured a number of events at Fordham Law School including an invitation-only workshop with the author, a writing workshop for local high school students taught by Fordham creative writing concentrators, and readings by Rankine and the 2016 Reid Prize winner, Kat Sommers.

The day began with the Racial Imaginary workshop. Rankine asked participating undergrads, graduate students, and professors to freewrite about a micro-aggression that they had either experienced themselves or witnessed first-hand. The participants shared their experiences and Rankine guided the conversation, encouraging others to respond and think deeply about the implications of everyday micro-aggressions.

At the same time, two creative writing concentrators led a workshop for local high school students. With Citizen as inspiration, the high schoolers wrote about their own experiences with race.

The two groups had the opportunity to mingle and continue discussion with a reception following the workshops.

When it came time for the day's main event, the Bateman Room was filled to capacity with students, professors, and fans who came to hear Rankine's reading. 

In between reading and discussing passages from Citizen, Rankine elaborated on the artwork in the book, her own everyday experiences with racism, and the conditions that perpetuate racism in the United States. She concluded her presentation with a short film about the mistreatment of people of color during interactions with police officers.

When the event was over, Rankine generously answered questions from the audience and signed attendees' copies of Citizen.

The Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series is made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of the Graduate Student Association, and the English department and Creative Writing Program. 

 

CURA Launches Issue No. 17 with Harlem Speakeasy

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action celebrated the launch of Issue No. 17 "Breaking Stone" with a Harlem Renaissance themed speakeasy last Thursday. The Spring 2016 issue features poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy K. Smith, an experimental short film by Ruth Ellen Kocher and more. 

The event featured poetry readings by Quincy Scott Jones, Laura Swearingen-Steadwell, and the winner of the 2016 Reid Prize Kat Sommers. Guests enjoyed a chocolate fountain and artisanal chocolate tasting and toasted to "Breaking Stone" with an open wine bar. Fordham students Marla Louissaint and the Fordham Jazz Collective set the speakeasy mood with their musical performances.

To learn more about CURA and the 2015 - 2016 issues dedicated to Black Lives Matter, visit curamag.com.

April 27: Creative Writing Prizes Reading

Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at 7 p.m. in Fordham Lincoln Center's 12th Floor Lounge for the Creative Writing Prizes Reading. The winners of this year's prizes will read and a cupcake reception will follow. See below for a full list of the prizes and this year's winners.

ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
Wallis Monday for selections from Mythmaking — "Hemingway and John Wayne Walk into a Bar" and "To the Cemetery Voices"

ULLY HIRSCH / ROBERT F. NETTLETON POETRY PRIZES
Danni Hu for "Female Perversion"
Wallis Monday for selections from Mythmaking — "Mapmaking" and "Inventory"

BERNICE KILDUFF WHITE & JOHN J. WHITE CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE (FICTION)
Diana Shao for "Shadow Play"

MARGARET LAMB WRITING TO THE RIGHT-HAND MARGIN (FICTION)
Connor Mannion for "Mojave Whiskey Weather"
Adam Fales for "Between-ness"
Bo Fisher for "Washing Jean Jackets in West Jeff"
Elizabeth Shew for "The Distance Between Two Skins"

THE REID FAMILY PRIZE
Katharine Sommers for "Development"

CURA Magazine: Issue No. 17

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is thrilled to announce that Issue No. 17, "Breaking Stone" is now live. Dedicated to Black Lives Matter, this issue gathers voices, art, and action toward the struggle for racial justice. The issue features poetry by Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy K. Smith, a live recording by Carl Hancock Rux, an experimental film by Ruth Ellen Kocher and more.

April 21: HaggleFest, A Creative Writing Capstone Reading

The Creative Writing Capstone Class would like to invite you to HaggleFest: An Evening of Immersive Reading.

The event, which will feature the writing of graduating students in the Creative Writing Concentration, will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Rodrigue's Coffee House at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus.

For more information about the event, stay up to date with the Capstone Class on Twitter.

 

April 15: Reid Writers of Color Reading Series featuring Claudia Rankine

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On Friday April 15, Claudia Rankine will read from her award-winning book, Citizen: An American Lyric, at the 2016 Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series.

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyricand Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies includingThe Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.

April 15, 2016 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm • Fordham Law School

Reading with winner of Reid Family Prize, official launch of CURA Magazine Spring issue dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Q & A and book-signing. (Open to the Public)

BATEMAN ROOM, FORDHAM LAW SCHOOL, 2ND FLOOR
150 W. 62ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY

2016 Creative Writing Prizes Winners Announced

Big congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Creative Writing Prizes.

ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
Wallis Monday for selections from Mythmaking — "Hemingway and John Wayne Walk into a Bar" and "To the Cemetery Voices"

ULLY HIRSCH / ROBERT F. NETTLETON POETRY PRIZES
Danni Hu for "Female Perversion"
Wallis Monday for selections from Mythmaking — "Mapmaking" and "Inventory"

BERNICE KILDUFF WHITE & JOHN J. WHITE CREATIVE WRITING PRIZE (FICTION)
Diana Shao for "Shadow Play"

MARGARET LAMB WRITING TO THE RIGHT-HAND MARGIN (FICTION)
Connor Mannion for "Mojave Whiskey Weather"
Adam Fales for "Between-ness"
Bo Fisher for "Washing Jean Jackets in West Jeff"
Elizabeth Shew for "The Distance Between Two Skins"

THE REID FAMILY PRIZE
Katharine Sommers for "Development"

To hear these writers read their winning pieces, be sure to attend the 2016 Creative Writing Prizes Reading on Wednesday, April 27th at 7 p.m. in Fordham Lincoln Center's 12th Floor Lounge.