The Writers Studio Presents Philip Schultz

Friday January 19: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of Luxury or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

Philip Schultz's work has been unmatched, garnering awards and critical acclaim for years. He has created a dedicated school for those wishing to master the written word, this being after he founded NYU's graduate writing program.

Celebrate the release of poet and The Writers Studio Founder Philip Schultz’s new collection of poetry, Luxury. Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz will read selections from his new volume and discuss his work with poet, editor, novelist and essayist, Jill Bialosky.

Schultz’s new collection, Luxury, has invoked a wry voice which exhibits both existential philosophies and modern issues. Luxury takes its name from the featured poem, which is a call-back to Schultz’s Pulitzer Prize–winning collection Failure. The poem is a beautiful exploration of the pull toward life as Schultz examines the question of suicide, intimately probing a familial pull toward that darkness and weaving in the philosophy of various famous authors. Using humor, irony, and celebration as ballast against the book’s darker forces, Luxury explores the comfort and sustenance of life, the bittersweet clarity of aging, and the anxiety of existence.

Philip Schultz is a poet, and the founder/director of The Writers Studio, a private school for fiction and poetry writing based in New York City. He is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Slate, Poetry magazine, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and Five Points, among others, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Poetry to Israel and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He has also received, among others, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, as well as the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine. Schultz is also the author of a memoir, My Dyslexia. Schultz founded The Writers Studio in 1987 after teaching at New York University for 10 years, where he founded and directed their graduate writing program from 1984 to 1988. The Writers Studio utilizes a method that emphasizes technique and emotional connection, making writers aware of the distinction between the actual writer and a narrative persona. Today it features an online program, workshops in New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, and Amsterdam, as well as a celebrated reading series in New York City.

Jill Bialosky is the author of four volumes of poetry, The End of Desire, Subterranean, finalist for the James Laughlin Prize, Intruder and most recently The Players. She has written three novels, House Under Snow, The Life Room, and The Prize. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling and highly acclaimed memoir History of a Suicide. It was a finalist for the Book for a Better Life Award and an Ohioana Award. She is also the co-author of an anthology, Wanting a Child with Helen Schulman. Her newest memoir is Poetry Will Save Your Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Oprah Magazine, Paris Review, American Scholar, Kenyon Review and Harvard Review among others. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President of W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.

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