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MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

Maaza Mengiste

Visiting Professor

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010).

Nicole Cooley, MFA DirectorNicole Cooley
Klapper 702

Author of four books of poetry and a novel. Winner of the Walt Whitman Award, a Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books, and an NEA.
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Maaza MengisteMaaza Mengiste
Klapper 706

Author of an award-winning novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, a Fullbright Scholar. Fiction in Granta, Callaloo and The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story.
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Kimiko HahnKimiko Hahn
Klapper 703

Author of seven books of poetry. Recipient of Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, two NEA grants, two NYFA grants and the American Book Award.
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Richard Schotter Richard Schotter
Klapper 705

Plays include Medicine Show, Benya the King and The Wood Dancer. Obie Award nominee and winner of the Berman Playwriting Award.
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Roger SedaratRoger Sedarat
Klapper 704

Author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic and Ghazal Games, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize from Ohio University.
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John WeirJohn Weir
Klapper 604

Author of two novels, most recently of What I Did Wrong. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Fiction.
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 Office Information

Nicole Cooley, MFA Director
Creative Writing and Literary Translation
Department of English
Office: Klapper 702
Phone: 718-997-4671

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Spring 2014 Events

Literary Legacy: Two Writers in Conversation on Craft and Process
Poets Lynn Emanuel and Terrance Hayes
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall

Trends in Translation Talk
Anne Posten (German)
Monday, March 3, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

Workshop on Blogging in the Creative Writing Classroom and Beyond
Rob Garfield
Wednesday, March 12, 5 pm
Klapper Hall 710

Trends in Translation Talk
Naomi Carlson (French)
Monday, March 17, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

Trends in Translation Talk
Esther Allen (Spanish)
Wednesday, March 19, 5 pm
Klapper Hall 710

Trends in Translation Talk
Hillary Gulley (Italian and Spanish)
Monday, March 31, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

The Annual Chapbook Festival
Wednesday, April 2
CUNY Graduate Center, Manhattan

Trends in Translation
Charles Martin (Latin)
Monday, May 5, 6 pm
Klapper Hall 708

MFA Writers-in-Residence Read New Work Inspired by the Armstrong Archives
Saturday, May 17, 1 pm
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona

Reading by the 2014 MFA Program Graduates
Thursday, May 29, 2 pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall

All events are free and open to the public.
Readings will be followed by receptions and book signings.


June 2014 Conference in Uzès, France

The MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY offers an intimate, one-week conference in literary translation in the South of France. View the conference poster for complete information.


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