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Working Writers Reading Series

The English Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College presents:
The Spring 2018 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:

Melissa Febos and Shane McCrae

Tuesday, March 20th - 12PM, Richard Harris Terrace - Melissa Febos
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, Lenny Letter, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Vogue, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers, and she has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Ragdale, and The MacDowell Colony. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Monmouth University and lives in Brooklyn.

Tuesday, April 24th - 4PM, Theater 2 - Shane McCrae
Shane McCrae is the author of, most recently, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015). His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Best American Poetry series, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a fellowship from the NEA, and a Pushcart Prize, and teaches at Columbia University. He is currently a finalist for the National Book Award.


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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