This Week is Lit


Join NYU for a reading and Q&A session featuring award winning poet, playwright, and anthology editor Claudia Rankine. The event will be hosted by poet Terrance Hayes, winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. To register for this event click here

Claudia Rankine was born in Kingston, Jamaica and educated at Williams College and Columbia University. She's the author of three plays including HELP, which premiered in March of 2020 at The Shed, NYC,  The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater), and the author of six poetry collections including Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely. 

In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII), a cultural laboratory where the truths about race and its force on "our time and place are engaged, read, countered, contextualized and demystified." She co-edits (with Lisa Sewell) the anthology series American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and  teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

There will be a foreword by Deborah Landau, Ph.D. in English and American Literature, and director of the Creative Writing program at New York University. Landau's work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal,  CNN, and The Best American Poetry, she has also appeared anthologies such as Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, The Best American Erotic Poems, and Women's Work: Modern Poets Writing in English.

More Literary Events

Thursday, November 5, 6:00 - 9:00pm PST -- City Lights Books

“Antonio wants to avoid thinking about his sister — on the run after allegedly threatening to shoot her neighbors,” and conjuring conspiracies claiming that he, Obama, the Pentagon, and their mother are conspiring against her. Enjoy a reading from Mauro Javier Cardenas’ new novel Aphasia, about a man coming to terms with his dysfunctional Colombian family, as well as his own life as an immigrant in America. Click here for more information about Cardenas’ novel and this event.

Saturday, November 7, 1:30pm EST -- On The Spot

Looking to get published? Join the staff of quarterly literary magazine Brilliant Flash Fiction, for The On the Spot Writing Contest to win a flash fiction publication in their January 2021 issue. During this event participants are given one hour to create an original story between 200-1,000 words based on a prompt given during the Zoom call. For more information about this contest, click here.

Saturday, November 7, 5:00pm EST -- Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Alongside the author of Awesome Asian Americans Oliver Chin, young readers will enjoy learning about Asian American 20 trailblazers who have contributed to the history of the United States that come from diverse backgrounds and vocations. Oliver Chin’s book includes sixty illustrations by artist Juan Calle. Click here for more information about the authors and illustrator, and to register for the event.