The Writers Studio Reading Series Presents: A Celebration of Turtle Point Press

Friday January 25: 7:00PM 8:00PM

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The Writers Studio Reading Series Presents A Celebration of Turtle Point Press with readings by Turtle Point Press Writers:

Katharine Coles

Edward J. Delaney

Joseph Keckler

Grace Schulman

David Trinidad

and a Celebration of the Publication of Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage by Grace Schulman.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as these writers share their work.

More about Strange Paradise: Grace Schulman is an award-winning poet and the author of seven collections of poems. She has had long posts as Poetry Editor of the Nation magazine, Director of the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, and Distinguished Professor at CUNY’s Baruch College, where she still teaches. But her love for her scientist husband and her care for him through his long illness proved to be among her greatest inspirations. It called forth her deepest grief at his loss.

Katharine Coles is the author of the hybrid biography/memoir Look Both Ways: A Double Journey Along My Grandmother’s Far-Flung Path. She has also published two novels and six collections of poems, the fifth of which, The Earth Is Not Flat, was written under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. The recipient of grants from the NEA, the NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation, she has served as Poet Laureate of Utah, and was inaugural director of the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. She is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah, and is currently working with Poet’s House to develop a program that will bring poetry into libraries and natural history museums.

Edward J. Delaney is an award-winning author, journalist, and filmmaker. His books include the novels Follow the Sun, Broken Irish, and Warp & Weft, and the short story collection The Drowning and Other Stories. His short fiction has also been published in the Atlantic and Best American Short Stories, and featured on PRI’s Selected Shorts program. Among other honors, he has received the PEN/New England Award, O. Henry Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is also the co-author of Born to Play, by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. As a journalist, Delaney has written for publications including the Denver Post and Chicago Tribune, received the National Education Reporting Award, and has served as an editor at the Neiman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. As a filmmaker, he has directed and produced documentary films including The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus and Library of the Early Mind. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Delaney has also spent time in Georgia, Florida, and Colorado, and now lives in Rhode Island, where he teaches at Roger Williams University and edits the literary journal Mount Hope.

Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, writer, and artist. He performs widely and has appeared at venues such as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, SXSW, Miami Art Basel and Centre Pompidou. He is the author of several plays and many songs, and has written about contemporary art for VICE and other publications. His work has been featured on WNYC and BBC America, and he has received a number of awards, including a Creative Capital grant and a fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World is his first book.

Grace Schulman is an acclaimed poet, most recently recipient of the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, the highest award of the Poetry Society of America. Among her other honors are the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, New York University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and four Pushcart Prizes. Schulman’s memoir is Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage. She is the author of seven collections of poems, including Without a Claim, her most recent, and Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems, a Library Journal Best Books of the Year. Her prose essays are collected in First Loves and Other Adventures, and she is editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore. Schulman is former director of the Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, and former poetry editor of the Nation. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY.

David Trinidad is known for the masterful use of popular culture in his poems. The poet James Schuyler wrote, “Trinidad turns the paste jewels of pop art into the real thing.” His work is also associated with the innovative formalism of the New York School. Originally from Los Angeles, Trinidad lives in Chicago, where he is a professor in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College. Swinging on a Star is his fifth poetry collection with Turtle Point Press, and he has also published two collaborative works with the press.

Founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio is an independent creative writing program, offering six and eight-week workshops specializing in topics from the necessity of political fiction to writers beginning in their fifties. The classes, which meet in New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, the Hudson Valley and online, utilize an original teaching method which combines technique-based instruction with personal weekly feedback. Since its inception in 1990, The Writers Studio Reading Series has featured numerous writers and poets, including Lydia Davis, Junot Diaz, Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Egan, Mary Gaitskill, Julia Glass, Edward Hirsch, A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Marie Ponsot, Robert Pinsky, Gary Shteyngart, Colson Whitehead, and Yehuda Amichai. www.writerstudio.com

Turtle Point Press, an independent publisher distinguished by books of superior literary content and elegant design, has been delighting readers with new fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, memoirs, works in translation, and rediscovered classics since 1990. Our books have been recognized by the National Book Awards, the National Book Critic's Circle Awards, the Lambda Literary Awards, the PEN/New England Awards, the French-American Foundation Translation Awards, The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and elsewhere. Our newest titles introduce arresting work by more women writers and West Coast writers, and fiction and nonfiction that spans the globe.

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