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.

Tiphanie Yanique, Monday Nov. 15th, 2021, 7pm, virtual

Tiphanie Yanique is a novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer. Her poetry collection, Wife, won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the UK’s Forward/Felix Dennis Prize. Her novel, Land of Love and Drowning, won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from The Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award. It was listed by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014. She’s also the author of the short story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5Under35. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best African American Fiction, and the Best American Short Stories. Her latest novel, Monster in the Middle, published in October 2021. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands. She lives now with her family in Atlanta, where she is a tenured associate professor at Emory University.
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Javier Zamora (past event, Oct. 4th, 2021)

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard and has been granted fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Stanford University. Unaccompanied is his first collection. He lives in Harlem where he’s working on a memoir.
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Lisa Taddeo (past event, Sept. 14th, 2021)

Lisa Taddeo is an author, journalist and two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Her first nonfiction book, Three Women, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and is currently in pre-production as a series at Showtime with Shailene Woodley starring and Taddeo adapting and serving as executive producer. Animal, a national and international bestseller, is her debut novel.
Co-sponsored by Drew’s Women’s and Gender Studies program.
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Aimee Nezhukumatathil (past event, April 21st, 2021)

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times best-selling author of World of Wonder: in Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments, finalist for the Kirkus Prize in non-fiction, and recently named the Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. She is also the author of four books of poetry, and is poetry editor of SIERRA, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Awards for her writing include a fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Council, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her writing has appeared in NYTimes Magazine, ESPN Magazine, and twice in Best American Poetry. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Publishing Symposium (past event, Th. April 1st, 2021)

T Kira Mahealani Madden is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Tin House, MacDowell, and Yaddo, she serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. Her fiction and nonfiction has been featured in Harper’s, New York Magazine, and others, and she is the author of the 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Callie Garnett, Senior Editor, joined Bloomsbury Publishing’s New York office in 2014 after completing a Masters in English at the University of Iowa. The books she has edited include Rachel Louise Snyder’s award-winning No Visible Bruises, T Kira Madden’s immensely beloved and critically acclaimed Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, and Anna North’s instant New York Times bestseller Outlawed (Reese Witherspoon’s January 2021 Book Club Pick). She acquires issue-driven narrative nonfiction, literary fiction and memoir, and cultural commentary. She is also a poet—her first full length collection, Wings in Time, comes out from The Song Cave this September.

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

Emma Cline (past event – Wednesday Feb. 24th, 2021)

Emma Cline is author of The Girls, an international bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her short story collection, Daddy, published in 2020. The recipient of the prestigious Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review, Cline’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere, and her fiction has been anthologized several times in Best American Short Stories. In 2017, Cline was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2019, she was a finalist for the Sunday Times Short Story Award.
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Courtney Zoffness (past event – Monday March 15th, 2021)

Courtney Zoffness writes fiction and nonfiction. She won the Sunday Times Short Story Award, the largest international prize for short fiction, as well as a Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship, the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, and residency fellowships from MacDowell. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, Guernica, Longreads, and elsewhere. Her debut, Spilt Milk, was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly, LitHub, The Millions, Refinery29, and others. Courtney directs the Creative Writing Program at Drew University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Past Events

Fall 2020 Events
November 19th (virtual): Jamel Brinkley, see Drew Story

Spring 2020 Events
April 21st (virtual): Mark Olshaker, see Drew Story

February 4th: Mira Jacobs, see Drew Story

Fall 2019 Events
October 15 : Writers Respond to #MeToo Panel: Shelly Oria, Samantha Hunt, Syreeta McFadden, and Hossannah Asuncion, see Drew Story

Spring 2019 Events
January 28 : Drew Creative Writing Faculty Reading featuring Hannah Beresford, Andrea Chapin, and Courtney Zoffness, see Drew Story

February 27 : Mitchell S. Jackson, see Drew Story

March 25 : Erika L. Sánchez, see Drew Story

April 17 : Student Prizewinners Reading

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