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Celebrating the Underdog Borough: Queens College Faculty Reflect on Queens in Readings May 3

--Award-Winning Faculty Poets and Authors Will Read From Their Work in the New Book

Forgotten Borough, the "One and Only Literary Anthology on Queens"--


Faculty from the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation program will read from their works in the new book Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms With Queens: MFA Program Director Nicole Cooley, poet and winner of the Walt Whitman Award in poetry; poet and translator Roger Sedarat, winner of the Hollis Summers prize in poetry; and memoirist and playwright Jayanti Tamm, author of the award-wining Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing up Cult. Also reading will be former MFA program visiting professors and book contributors Rigoberto González and Jocelyn Lieu.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall 4th Floor
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Background: The stories, poems, and essays in Forgotten Borough offer 24 takes on New York City's biggest underdog: Queens. Together, they provide a vivid, layered portrait of the borough as a microcosm of America, where race, ethnicity, class, and industrial growth influence residents' collective past, as well as their present and future. The Queens College faculty who will read on May 3 contributed poems, personal reminiscences and even an excerpt from a collection of Queens-based haiku.

The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, introduced in fall 2007, offers a diverse student body the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty members who are also committed teachers. Faculty members also include playwright Richard Schotter, Obie award nominee and Berman Playwriting Prize winner; poet Kimiko Hahn, winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award in poetry, and poet and novelist Jeff Allen, winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. For more information, visit

Forgotten Borough is edited by Queens native Nicole Steinberg. She is an editor at large at LIT magazine and her poetry has appeared in No Tell Motel, BOMB, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Barrelhouse, and Coconut. Steinberg is the author of the chapbook Birds of Tokyo and founder and curator of Earshot, a Brooklyn-based reading series dedicated to emerging writers. She currently lives in Philadelphia where she works at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


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