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MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

Richard SchotterRichard Schotter

Klapper 705, 718-997-4715


Richard Schotter’s full-length plays--Medicine Show, Benya the King, The Wood Dancer, Taking Stock and The Sussman Variations-- have been performed in New York, around the U.S. and in Europe. An opera based on The Wood Dancer  (music by Jerome Hughes) was performed at Next Move Theatre in New York in 1996. He has been an “Obie” Award nominee and received a CAPS grant and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Berman Playwriting Award (for Benya the King). In addition to his work as a playwright, he is a lyricist and an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where his short musical, Duet for Shy People (Music by Michael Kosarin), was first performed in 1993. Duet for Shy People has since been performed at the Westside Theatre in New York, the 1999 Boston Theatre Marathon and the Williamstown Theatre Festival; it was a winner of the ETC Orlando’s 1994 “Spring Sing” competition. His short plays, The Duke, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Spot and The River have been performed at the Boston Theatre Marathon and at regional theatres across the country. With composer Michael Kosarin he has written a musical of Anne of Green Gables Mr. Schotter has written lyrics for the PBS children’s series, The Puzzle Place and co-authored with his wife, Roni, the children’s book, There’s a Dragon About:  A Winter’s Revel. He holds a PhD in Dramatic Literature from Columbia University and has been a Fulbright Scholar, an editor of The Drama Review, Literary Manager of the American Place Theatre and a Playwright-in-Residence at the Jewish Repertory Theatre.  In addition to being Professor of English at Queens College he has been, for the past ten years, Visiting Professor of Playwriting at Boston University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.


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


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Fall 2014 Events

Literary Legacies
Lynn Emanuel and Terrance Hayes
Q&A facilitated by Zakia Henderson-Brown
Co-sponsored by The Poetry Society of America
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 pm
Klapper Hall, Godwin-Ternbach Museum

A Reading by Novelist Maud Casey
Co-sponsored by Writing at Queens
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 pm
Klapper Hall, Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Reading Across Cultures:
Poetry and Conversation
Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Willie Perdomo
Q&A facilitated by John Murillo
Co-sponsored by Cave Canem Foundation
Monday, November 10, 6:30 pm
Klapper Hall, Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Book Launch for
Guillaume de Fonclare's
Inside My Own Skin

Translated by Yves Henri Cloarec
Winner of the 2014
Loose Translations Award
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 pm
Klapper Hall, Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Inside My Own Skin Poster

MFA Program in Creative Writing &
Literary Translation Open House
Wednesday, December 10, 5 pm
Klapper Hall 710

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



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