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"Read It and Reap": A Benefit Reading for City Harvest at Queens College November 30

-- Queens College MFA Candidates to Address the Theme of Hunger Through Readings and Musical Performance; MFA Program Open House to Follow --


WHAT:  In what is set to become an annual event, students from Queens College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation will stage readings of new and previously created works to benefit City Harvest, the world's first food rescue and delivery organization, serving New York City. The worksall on the theme of hungerwill include poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. There will also be staged readings of works by student playwrights and musical performance.
COST:    Admission is by a suggested donation of $5.
All proceeds will go to City Harfewt for hunger relief.
Canned food donations are also welcome.
WHEN:    Monday, November 30
Readings and Performances: 630 - 8 pm
Reception and Open House immediately following
WHERE:    Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall, 4th Floor, Queens College
For directions, visit 


Background: “This event will be the culmination of work by several students, bringing together our talents of community organizing, public service, and love of words to fight hunger in NYC,” says James Shultis, an MFA student in poetry who is helping to coordinate the reading. “City Harvest makes sure food doesn’t go to waste. Supporting City Harvest by attending this event is a step in the right direction.”

“Efforts like this are vital in a time when lines to the local food pantries and kitchens are only getting longer,” adds Jocelyn Lieu, visiting professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing who initiated and coordinated the event. “It’s rare that writers get the chance, as writers, to directly help other people. By mounting this benefit series, the emerging poets, fiction writers, playwrights, and translators in the Queens College MFA Program are doing just that.” Lieu is the author of a 9/11 memoir What Isn’t There: Inside a Season of Change, and a collection of stories, Potential Weapons.

A reception and MFA Program Open House will immediately follow the readings. For more information, contact Nicole Cooley, director of the MFA program at

Queens College offers the only MFA in Creative Writing in the borough, giving a diverse student body the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty members who are also committed teachers. Faculty include novelist John Weir, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; poet and translator Roger Sedarat, winner of the Hollis Summers Prize in poetry; playwright Richard Schotter, Obie Award nominee and Berman Playwriting Prize winner; poet Kimiko Hahn, winner of the American Book Award in poetry; MFA Director Nicole Cooley, winner of the Walt Whitman Award in poetry; and poet and novelist Jeff Allen, winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. For more information, visit

City Harvest has been serving New York City for more than 25 years. This year, the group will collect more than 25 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms, and deliver it free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout the city. It is estimated that through their efforts, over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers are fed each week. For more information visit:
















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