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Working Writers Reading Series

The English Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College presents:
The Fall 2017 Working Writers Reading Series
All readings are in the Richard Harris Terrace, and all book signings are in the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore.  Please RSVP to Assistant Professor, Jason Schneiderman, Department of English:

James Hannaham and Tina Chang

Monday, October 16, 12 p.m. - James Hannaham
James Hannaham is the author of the novel Delicious Foods (Little, Brown 2015) a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and God Says No (McSweeney’s 2009), and has published stories in One Story, Fence, Story Quarterly, and BOMB, and one in Gigantic for which he won a Pushcart Prize. He has exhibited text-based visual art at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 490 Atlantic, Kimberly-Klark Gallery, and James Cohan. He teaches in the Writing Program at the Pratt Institute.

Thursday, November 9, 3 p.m. - Tina Chang
Tina Chang is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. The first woman named to this position, she was raised in New York City. She is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books) and co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008) along with Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The New York Times among others. She has received numerous awards. She currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is an international faculty member at the City University at Hong Kong.


The Department of English’s Writing and Literature Program hosts the Working Writers Series in order to give BMCC’s Writing and Literature majors and the BMCC community the opportunity to attend readings by diverse authors writing in various genres.  Students are able to attend readings, participate in question and answer sessions with invited speakers, and network with various scholars, authors, professionals, faculty, and students in the fields of creative writing, literary criticism, and publishing. 

Videos from the 2014 – 2015 Working Writers Series:
Erika Meitner

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Review flyers for prior Working Writers Series events:
Flyer 1 (pdf)
Flyer 2 (pdf)

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