Writers at Drew.


Writers at Drew

About Writers@Drew

Co-Sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English Department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year. The list of previous guest authors includes Junot Díaz, Mary Gaitskill, Colum McCann, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as faculty and Drew alumni/ae Nicole Sealey, John Murillo, Sean Nevin, and William Giraldi.  At the end of the Spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community.

A reading by Drew’s Creative Writing faculty
– Tues, 29 March 2022, 7pm (on Zoom)

Emily Nemens’ debut novel, The Cactus League was called “a wonderful, necessary read to remind you how infinite and wild other people can be” (The Brooklyn Rail). It was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and named one of the best books of the year by NPR. Her fiction has also appeared in Gettysburg Review, n+1, Iowa Review.


SaraMartin holds a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been published by The Rumpus, Lit Hub, Adroit Journal, The Seattle Review, Penn Review, Columbia Journal and other publications. Sara recently completed a novel in verse called They Wake Up Swinging and is at work on a new project called Mocktails.


Andrew Martin is the author of the novel Early Work, a New York Times Notable book of 2018 and a finalist for the Cabell First Novelist Award, and the story collection Cool for America, which was longlisted for the 2020 Story Prize. His essays and fiction have appeared regularly in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The Paris Review, and less regularly in The Atlantic, The Yale Review, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.

(Sponsored by the English Department, and generously funded by the Casement Fund).

RSVP is required: Please RSVP here

Event flyer: Creative Writing Faculty Reading 2022

Publishing Symposium – Wed, 23 Feb 2022 (past event)

Jenna Johnson, Editor in Chief at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, has published a range of award-winning and bestselling titles, including Luster by Raven Leilani, Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan Slaght, Severance by Ling Ma, The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, We the Animals by Justin Torres and James Beard Winner Save the Deli by David Sax. Jenna publishes fiction and narrative nonfiction, with particular interest in original and surprising voices.

Rebecca Gradinger joined the literary agency Fletcher & Company in 2009. She represents a variety of authors who write narrative nonfiction and literary fiction, including Maggie Shipstead, Francisco Cantú, Damon Tweedy, Courtney Maum, Noe Alvarez, Rachel Cargle, and others. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a JD from the George Washington University Law Center.

Denne Michele Norris is the Editor in Chief of Electric Literature. A 2021 Out100 Honoree, her writing has been supported by MacDowell, Tin House, VCCA, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and appears in McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, and ZORA. She co-hosts the critically acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot, and is hard at work on her debut novel.

(Sponsored by the English Department, and generously funded by the Casement Fund).

Event flyer: 2022 Publishing Symposium

Past Events

Fall 2018 Events
September 27 : Writers@Drew presents: Tomás Morín, Mead Hall, Founders' Room, see Drew Story

October 10 : Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture presents: Colson Whitehead, Dorothy Young Concert Hall, see Drew Story

November 14 : Writers@Drew presents: Jennifer Egan, Dorothy Young Concert Hall, see Drew Story