On the eve of the 2015 National Book Awards ceremony, The New School hosts a reading with the finalists in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young People's Literature.
Sponsored by the National Book Foundation and the Creative Writing MFA Program.
Karen E. Bender
novelist and short story writer
an American author of youth literature living in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year.
an American poet and professor
author of FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT
author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award
Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. A Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and children.
Luis Jaramillo is the associate chair of the Writing Program at The New School.
Adam Johnson has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and is author of The Orphan Master’s Son, which won the 2013 Pulitzer for fiction. His new book is Fortune Smiles: Stories. An associate writing professor at Stanford, his fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper’s, and The Best American Short Stories.
Robin Cotes Lewis
author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015). She is a Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
Sally Mann: Photographer with works in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of New York City.
is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of more than 15 books, the most popular of which is The Good Good Pig, her memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood
an American poet, professor, and translator. His most recent poetry collection, Elegy for a Broken Machine, has been nominated for the National Book Award for Poetry
journalist specializing in Muslim societies, global social issues and culture
writes fiction for adults, teens and children
an American writer of young-adult fiction
Tracy K Smith
an American poet and educator. She has published three collections of poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize for a 2011 collection, Life on Mars.
an American comics writer and artist, best known for the fantasy comic Nimona and the comics series Lumberjanes
an American novelist and travel writer of Hawaiian ancestry