Acclaimed Authors, Poets Coming to Rutgers University‒Newark (RU-N) for Free Talks, Readings

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(above) Jayne Anne Phillips

This spring RU-N’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program is bringing nationally renowned authors and poets to campus for a series of free public readings and discussions. The “Writers at Newark Reading Series” is open to the public free of charge.  “These are readings from literature, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, by some of the most prominent writers in America, as well as new, emerging voices,” notes Jayne Anne Phillips, director of the MFA program. “The Series reflects the diversity of our campus and the excellence of the Rutgers University‒Newark MFA Program.”

All programs are 5:30 – 7 p.m., at either the Paul Robeson Campus Center (PRCC), 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, or the Coffee Cave, 45 Halsey St., Newark.



Jan. 27, Jayne Anne Phillips (fiction), Jan Heller Levi (poetry), PRCC, Rooms 255-257

Feb. 3, Hilton Als, (non-fiction), Roger Reeves (poetry), PRCC, Rooms 255-257

Feb. 17, MFA Student Reading, Coffee Cave

March 10, Robert Olen Butler (fiction), Hilma Wolitzer (fiction), PRCC, Rooms 255-257

March 24, MFA Student Reading, Coffee Cave

April 7, Carmen Giménez Smith (poetry), Ernesto Quiñonez (fiction), PRCC, Rooms 255-257

April 28, MFA Student Reading, Coffee Cave

May 5, Newark High Schools Writing Contest Reading, PRCC, Paul Robeson Galleries

A complete list of speakers for 2014-15 and their biographical sketches may be found here.

Writers at Newark Reading Series is sponsored by the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program ( at RU‒N and co-sponsored by the Chancellor's Office, the Department of English, the Graduate School – Newark, the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Paul Robeson Galleries, the Cultural Programming Committee, the Department of African American and African Studies, the Program in Women's and Genders Studies, and the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media.

Members of the media should contact Carla Capizzi, 973/353-5263, or email: