Writers at Newark Reading Series: Edward P. Jones & Nastasha Trethewey

The Writers at Newark Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, and the public to hear and interact with nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in an intimate and dynamic setting.


Edward P. Jones, the New York Times bestselling author, was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel, The Known World. His first collection of stories, published in 1993, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Lannan Literary Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the 2007 Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.



Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate (2012-2013). She is the author of Thrall (2012), Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002), which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association, and Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000). She is also the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (University of Georgia Press). Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry.   She is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

Location: Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center
Time: 5:30- 7:00 PM
All readings are free and open to the public.
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