Writers at Newark Reading Series: A. Van Jordan and Kamilah Aisha Moon
The Rutgers University-Newark MFA Creative Writing Program brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction to campus. The Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting. It is also the centerpiece for our community outreach programs, including our Writers at Newark Chancellor's Mentors Program, where MFA Mentors pair up with local Newark High Schools to learn and discuss the writings of the visiting authors.
Poet A. Van Jordan is The Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor. He is the author of four collections of poems: The Cineaste, (2013, W.W. Norton) a finalist for the 2013 NAACP Image Award;Quantum Lyrics, (2007, W. W. Norton); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005, W. W. Norton), voted one of the Best Books of 2005 by the London Times (TLS), and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; andRise, (2001, Tia Chucha Press), winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. His awards include a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in The Best American Poetry Anthology of 2013. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artists Williams Fellowship. Jordan teaches courses in African American literature and Film Studies, as well as workshops and courses in Creative Writing. He has taught at a wide range of institutions, including Prince Georges Community College, The College of New Rochelle, The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, The University of Texas, Austin, and The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He joins the faculty of the Rutgers University-Newark MFA Program/ English Department in Fall, 2014.
Kamilah Aisha Moon
is the author of a critically acclaimed first book of poems, She Has a Name (Four Way Books). She is the recipient of fellowships to the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Cave Canem and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have been featured in the Harvard Review, jubilat,Sou’wester, Oxford American, Lumina, Callaloo, Bloom, Superstition Review, Villanelles, The Ringing Ear and Gathering Ground. Her poems and prose have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A teacher of English and creative writing at various institutions, Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.