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Writers Here & Now and the Stanley Plumly Memorial Lecture Present John Keene

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MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner John Keene will give a reading as part of the Stanley Plumly Memorial Lecture and Writers Here & Now. This event is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing, the Jiménez-Porter Writers' House, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion.

About the Speaker

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John Keene is the author, co-author, and translator of a handful of books, including Counternarratives: Stories and Novellas (2015), which received an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award, a Republic of Consciousness Prize (UK), and a Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. His most recent publication, Punks: New & Selected Poems (2021), received the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle and a 2022 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. A 2018 MacArthur Fellow and member of the African Poetry Book Fund editorial board, he is Distinguished Professor and serves as department chair at Rutgers University-Newark.


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