NC State Literary Readings Spring 2020

NATHALIE HANDAL, Poetry – New Event!
February 25, 6:30PM Hunt Library Room 4106 (map)
Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her recently published collections include Life in A Country Album, the flash collection The Republics, the bestselling bilingual collection La estrella invisible / The Invisible Star; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, The Irish Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, on PBS and NPR, among others. In 2017, she was included as one of the 100 Outstanding Contributors to their Fields exhibition, inaugurated in the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, Pen International Croatia Fellow, Centro Andaluz de las Letras Fellow, Fondazione di Venezia Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, among other honors. Her work has been translated into over 15 languages. She is a professor at Columbia University, and a Visiting Writer at the American University of Rome.

Presented in partnership with the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.

ETAF RUM, Fiction – New Event!
February 26, 12:00PM, Caldwell Hall Lounge (map)
Join the Department of English for a reading by NC State alumna Etaf Rum, author of A Woman Is No Man. Her debut novel, which is a New York Times bestseller and featured on must-read lists around the world, is about three Palestinian women struggling to fit in in America.

The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has three degrees from NC State: a master’s degree in American and British literature as well as bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English. Last fall, she opened a bookstore and coffee shop in Rocky Mount, North Carolina called Books and Beans. 


March 19, 7:00PM Hunt Library Auditorium, Hunt Library (map)

April 2, 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge (map)
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (2019), a New York Public Library Book Group Selection as well as the 2019 Connecticut Poetry Circuit Selection, and Dynamite (2015), winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, Camargo Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese.

April 15, 7:30PM Caldwell Hall Lounge (map)
Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her debut book Hard Damage (2019) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri and others. A graduate from the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, where she was the Writers in Public Schools Fellow, she holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Dickinson House and was the 2018-2019 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. She’s currently based in Berlin and is at work on her second book.

April 22, 7:00PM Caldwell Hall Lounge (map)
2020 graduates of the NC State University MFA in Creative Writing Program present readings from their work. Past years’ MFA graduates have gone on to win the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, the Nebula Award, the Masters Review Anthology Prize, and the World Science Fiction Award and receive a Provincetown Fellowship, NC Arts Council Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Ron Wallace Poetry Fellowship, among other honors.

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