S309B. Literary Outreach: Empowerment & Resistance with NYU’s Creative Writing Program

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Beginning in 1986 at a state hospital for the physically challenged, NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Outreach Program now also includes a workshop for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, creative writing programming in NYC public schools, and on-site literary arts therapy for hospitalized children. This panel looks at the importance of literary outreach to an MFA program’s sense of community and engagement, and its significance in this urgent political moment as a form of mobilization and resistance.



Deborah Landau's fourth collection, Soft Targets, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in spring 2019. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Best American Poetry and The New York Times, and she was awarded a Guggeheim Fellowship. She directs the Creative Writing Program at NYU.

Sharon Olds is most recently the author of Odes, and Stag’s Leap, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the T.S Eliot Prize (UK). She teaches in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at New York University.

Javier Zamora is a 2018–2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Lannan Foundation, the NEA, Poetry Foundation, and Stanford. His poems appear in Kenyon Review, Poetry, and the New York Times. He is the author of Unaccompanied.

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus. She is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Southern California and the Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.


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