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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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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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