Reading Series

The lively public Reading Series hosts a wide array of writers, translators, and editors, and connects our program to the local community. Nearly all events are free and open to the public and include book sales and signings. If you would like to receive email announcements about upcoming literary events, please email with your request. Please also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House is wheelchair accessible with advance noice; please call the Creative Writing Program at 212.998.8816 or email

Beginning in spring 2007, the Creative Writing Program launched a series of intimate salons at the newly dedicated Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. Students responded with enthusiasm to the events, especially to the informal atmosphere that encouraged conversations with writers whose work they admired. Several of the salons continued long after they were scheduled to end, with students and visiting writers caught up in lively discussion for hours.

The Reading Series has continued every year in this tradition. In a typical week, graduate courses are offered Monday through Wednesday, and readings are held Thursday and Friday evenings. In addition to readings by today's most eminent writers and poets, scheduled events include faculty and alumni readings, readings from newly published literary magazines, panel discussions, and New Salons, which feature writers in conversation. The Emerging Writers Reading Series at KGB showcases graduate students of the Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Our Open Book video interview series, conducted by Deborah Landau and Meghan O'Rourke, features interviews with some of today's most prominent authors.

The Creative Writing Program has been grateful to partner with long-respected literary organizations in New York City to bring diverse programming to our students and public. Co-sponsors and partners have included 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, the Academy of American Poets, Callaloo, CantoMundo, Cave Canem Foundation, Granta, Kundiman, Open City, PEN America, The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Poets House, the Poetry Society of America, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Tin House, the Women's National Book Association, and the Whiting Writers' Awards. 

Friends of the Reading Series have included Barbara K. Bristol & Galway KinnellTom HealyFred HochbergRobert Holmes, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYU BookstorePoets & Writers, Inc.Lillian Vernon, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund of the New York Community Trust. 



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