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Jun 5, 2016 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Aspiring writers are invited to explore Czech literary culture and gain inspiration for their own craft during a unique weekend symposium, June 4-5.


Presented by The Prague Summer Program for Writers and co-sponsored by New York-based independent publisher Three Rooms Press and the Czech Center, the symposium will feature spirited workshops led by world-renowned authors in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, a compelling lecture on chaos and its relation to the writer’s craft, and a distinctive panel on travel and its relation to imagination.

Featured speakers include former California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes, Guggenhiem and Macarthur fellow Patricia Hampl, award-winning poet Gerald Stern, Guggenheim fellow Alison Hawthorne Deming, and more.

The weekend-long event is an abridged rendition of the more comprehensive, month-long Prague Summer Writing Program, held each July since 1993 in the Czech Republic capital. For nearly 23 years, the PSP has provided guidance and inspiration to nearly two thousand aspiring English-language writers from around the world by partnering them with award winning, critically acclaimed poets, novelists and nonfiction authors in Prague. Aspiring writers attend workshops, readings and lectures, led by masters of the written word, in an effort to improve their craft and refine their voices.

Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction & Fiction. Talks, Readings and Q+A including esteemed writers: Richard Katrovas, Robert Eversz, Beth Ann Fennelly, Richard Jackson, Alison Hawthorne Deming & Patricia Hampl.

11-12:30: Panel discussion of travel & its relation to the creative process in the Cinema.



1-3 PM: Workshops: Fiction:Robert Eversz, Poetry: Beth Anne Fennelly, Creative Nonfiction: Patricia Hampl in the Third floor Library

There are 20 scholarship places available for each workshop. To take part in one of the workshops please submit two pieces of your work for consideration for a place. register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/psp-in-nyc-master-writing-workshop-tickets-25033190948


Robert Eversz is the author of six novels that have been translated into 15 languages. His novels have been named to best of year lists at the Washington Post, Oslo Aftenposten, Manchester Guardian, BookPage, and January Magazine. Robert teaches workshops in the novel at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and is a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program. One of the country’s most experienced mentors in the pedagogy of writing the novel, he has served as the final judge for the AWP Award Series In the Novel and the Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing, and has been Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Western Michigan University.

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the N.E.A., United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil.  Fennelly has published three books of poetry and one of nonfiction, all with W. W. Norton.   Her most recent is The Tilted World, a novel co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin. They live in Oxford with their three children.

Patricia Hampl’s most recent books, The Florist’s Daughter and Blue Arabesque, were both among the New York Times “100 Notable Books of the Year.”  She is the author of four other prose works, and two collections of poetry. Her essays, poems, short fiction, travel pieces and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays and others.  Her new book, The Art of the Wasted Day, will be published by Viking Penguin in 2017.  She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (in poetry an d in prose).  She is a MacArthur Fellow, and is Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program for Writers, and a Visiting Professor at Kingston University-London where she works on writing related to human rights. 


4-6 PM: Workshops: Poetry: Richard Jackson, Creative Nonfiction: Alison Hawthorne Deming, Fiction: Richard Katrovas in the Third Floor Library

There are 20 scholarship places available for each workshop. To take part in one of the workshops please submit two pieces of your work for consideration for a place. register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/psp-in-nyc-master-writing-workshop-tickets-25033190948

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent nonfiction book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed, 2014).  She is the author of three additional nonfiction books and five poetry books, most recently Rope (Penguin, 2009) with Stairway to Heaven due out from Penguin this year. Her first book Science and Other Poems won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, she has also received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.  Former Director of the UA Poetry Center, she is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. A faculty member at the Prague Summer Program, she included in her poetry collection Genius Loci a sequence set in Prague, poems fueled by the need to make some balance between the beauty and horror of history.  She lives in Tucson, Arizona and Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada.

Richard Jackson has published over twenty books including thirteen books of poems, most recently Retrievals (C&R Press, 2014), Out of Place (Ashland, 2014), Resonancia (Barcelona, 2014, a translation of Resonance  from Ashland, 2010), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004), Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland, 2003), and Heartwall (UMass, Juniper Prize 2000), as well as four chapbook adaptations from Pavese and other Italian poets. His own poems have been translated into seventeen languages including Worlds Apart: Selected Poems in Slovene. He was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia for his work with the Slovene-based Peace and Sarajevo Committees of PEN International. He has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, and two Witter-Bynner fellowships, a Prairie Schooner Reader's Choice Award, and the Crazyhorse prize. He’s won five Pushcart Prizes and has appeared in Best American Poems ‘97 as well as many other anthologies. Originator of VCFA’s Slovenia Program, he was a Fulbright Exchange poet to former Yugoslavia and returns to Europe each year with groups of students. He has been teaching at the Iowa Summer Festival, The Prague Summer Program, and regularly at UT-Chattanooga (since 1976), where he directs the Meacham Writers' Conference. He has taught at VCFA since 1987. He has won teaching awards at UT-Chattanooga and VCFA. In 2009 he won the AWP George Garret Award for teaching and writing.

Richard Katrovas is founding director of the Prague Summer Program. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, among them Dithyrambs (Carnegie Mellon,1998), Prague Winter (Carnegie Mellon, 2004), Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon, 2011) and the forthcoming Swastika to Lotus (Carnegie Mellon). He is also the author of a book of short stories, Prague, U.S.A. (Portals, 1997); a memoir, The Republic of Burma Shave (Carnegie Mellon, 2001); a novel, Mystic Pig (Smallmouth, 2001, Oleander, 2008); and the “anecdotal memoir” The Years of Smashing Bricks (Carnegie Mellon, 2007). His most recent book is the memoir-in-essays Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father (Three Room Press, New York: 2014). His poems, essays and stories have appeared widely, and won numerous grants and awards. He was editor for Ten Years After the Velvet Revolution: Voices from the Czech Republic (New Orleans Review, Special Double Issue, Spring, 2000). Katrovas witnessed the Velvet Revolution on a Fulbright in 1989, and has been a resident of Prague with his three daughters and yogini wife for much of each year since. He taught for the University of New Orleans for twenty years, and joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in the fall of 2002.



6:30 -9:00 PM: Readings and Q+A. Robert Eversz, Beth Ann Fennelly, Richard Jackson, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Patricia Hampl in the Gallery



SUNDAY JUNE 5, 11:00AM –9:00PM in the Cinema, Gallery & Third Floor Library




321 East 73rd Street
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Jun 5, 2016 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM


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