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The MFA Program inaugurated this series in 2006. You can view a list of past readings below.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for information about the next event.

For information about the Creative Writing M.F.A. Program (or our other master's degree programs), contact Marilyn Boutwell, the English Department's graduate advisor.

Past Readings


May 9, 2014 MFA Students Graduating This Academic Year: Tina Barry, Chia-Lun Chang, Michael Grove, Tiani Kennedy, Julianne Lavallee, Dan Owen, Desiree Rucker, Shari Seraneau, Evan Thomas
May 4, 2014 Reading by (& Book Party for) Doretta Lau
May 2, 2014 MFA Reading at KGB Bar: Dan Owen, Kai Mills, Jake Matkov, Tina Barry, Amyre Loomis, Pam Arnett, Evan Thomas, Daniel Soto, Tiani Kennedy
April 11, 2014 MFA Reading at KGB Bar: Melanie Martinez, Jack Carr, Desiree Rucker, Oliver St. John, Chia-Lun Chang, Luke Marcott, Lindsay Infantino, Harry McEwan, Kimarlee Nguyen, Gabrielle Robinson
January 24, 2014 Jocelyn Lieu (Spring 2014 Visiting Writer)
December 16, 2013 MFA Reading at KGB Bar: Pam Arnett, Tina Barry, Jack Carr, Harry Ewan, Lindsay Infantino, Tiani Kennedy, Melanie Martinez, Kai Mills, Kimarlee Nguyen, Desiree Rucker, Oliver St. John
December 13, 2013 MFA Reading at Unnameable Books: Chia-Lun Chang, Liz Dalton, Mike Grove, Julianne Lavallee, Amyre Loomis, Jake Matkov, Dan Owen, Gabrielle Robinson, Shari Saraneau, Daniel Soto
 September 20, 2013 Matvei Yankelivich (Fall 2013 Visiting Writer)

August 7, 2013

Mirrors: A Reading by MFA Students Past & Present

July 26, 2013

Tell Me a Story: An Informal Reading & Potluck for MFA Students Past & Present & Faculty

June 28, 2013

By Night in Brooklyn: A Literary Reading by Students in Barbara Henning’s Summer MFA Class

May 29, 2013

Book Party for Vladimir Druk (former MFA Guest Writer), with Readings by John High, Tony Iantosca, and Lisa Rogal.

May 8, 2013

Celebratory Reading by MFA students graduating in May 2013: Elspeth Macdonald, Lisa Rogal, Marita Downes, Asja Parrish, Felice Belle, Joey Infante, Sarah Anne Wallen.

May 1, 2013

Ten-Minute Plays by Jessica Hagedorn’s Playwriting Students: Felice Belle, Chia-Lun Chang, Harry Ewan, Tiani Kennedy, Elspeth Macdonald, Desiree Rucker, Evan Thomas. Featuring Liz Dalton and Yani Perez

April 26, 2013

Up Close & Personal #2: Daniel Owen, Wendi Williams, Lisa Rogal, Liz Dalton, Kyle De Ocera, Amyre Loomis, Evan Thomas, Parmela Arnett, Marita Downes, Shari Seraneau, Tiani Kennedy, Sarah Anne Wallen, Felice Belle

April 19, 2013

Up Close & Personal #1: Michael Grove, Julianne Lavallee, Kia Mills, Elspeth Macdonald, Michael Atkinson, Desiree Rucker, Kaya Arnoux, Tina Barry, Chia-Lun Chang, Asja Parrish, Harry Ewan

March 20, 2013

Jonathan Lethem, reading from his work and in conversation with Jessica Hagedorn

December 7, 2012 Don’t Do Anything Until I Get There #2: Asja Parrish, Kia Mills, Lisa Rogal, Amyre Loomis, Daniel Owen, Jon Jenkins, Marita Downes, Wendi Williams, Chia-Lunn Chang, Liz Dalton, Sarah Anne Wallen, Pamela Arnett, Joey Infante
November 30, 2012 Don’t Do Anything Until I Get There #1: Felice Belle, Michael Grove, Elspeth Macdonald, Tiani Kennedy, Tina Barry, Evan Thomas, Harry Ewan, Desiree Rucker, Kyle De Ocera, Shari Seraneau, Michael Atkinson, Julianne Lavallee, Kaya Arnoux
October 5, 2012 Anselm Berrigan (Fall 2012 Visiting Writer)
June 26, 2012 Students in Barbara Henning’s Creative Writing Seminar (ENG 528, Summer 2012): Mike Grove, Barbara Henning, Amyre Loomis, Julianne Lavalee, Felice Belle, Sarah Anne Wallen, Tiani Kennedy, Tina Barry
May 4, 2012 Graduating MFA Students: Alicia Berbenick, John Casquarelli, Aimee Herman, Micah Savaglio, Patia Braithwaite, Uche Nduka, Gulay Isik, Willie Perdomo, Tony Iantosca
April 20, 2012 Everything Happens to Me 2: Jessica Wedge, Michael Grove, Desiree Rucker, Aimee Herman, Amyre Loomis, Micah Savaglio, Pamela Arnett, Asja Parrish, Tina Barry, Joey Infante, Kaya Arnoux, Gulay Isik, Alicia Berbenick, Wendi Williams, Willie Perdomo
April 13, 2012 Everything Happens to Me 1: Felice Belle, Jacob Matkov, Kyle DeOcera, Patia Braithwaite, Marita Downes, Jon Jenkins, Lisa Rogal, Elspeth Macdonald, Daniel Owen, Shari Seraneau, John Casquarelli, Liz Dalton, Sarah Wallen, Tony Iantosca, Tiani Kennedy, Uche Nduka
January 27, 2012 Martha Southgate (Visiting Writer)
December 2, 2011 Help Is On The Way 2: Tiani Kennedy, Tiani Kennedy, Pamela Arnett, Elspeth Macdonald, Desiree Rucker, Joey Infante, Aimee Herman, Felice Belle, Marita Downes, Michael Grove, Jon Jenkins, Shari Seraneau, Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, John Casquarelli, Gulay Isik, Willie Perdomo, Wendi Williams, Tony Iantosca
November 18, 2011 Help Is On The Way: Daniel Owen, Tina Barry, Liz Dalton, Michael Atkinson, Patia Braithwaite, Amyre Loomis, Kyle De Ocena, Jessica Wedge, Uche Nduka, Asja Parrish, Micah Savaglio, Alicia Berbenick, Willie Perdomo, Lisa Rogal
June 23, 2011 Students in Barbara Henning’s “Flash Fiction” Class (Summer Session)
May 11, 2011 Graduating MFA Students: Eric Alter, Christine Francavilla, Yani Gonzalez, Rachel Jackson, Tiffany Johnson, Jhon Sanchez, Mary Walker
April 28, 2011 Book Party for Jamey Jones (MFA alum)
April 13, 2011 Patricia Spears Jones (Visiting Writer) & Alicia Berbenick (MFA student). This event was co-sponsored with the English Department’s Voices of the Rainbow reading series.
April 13, 2011 Book Party to celebrate new books from Jessica Hagedorn and Louis Parascandola.
April 8, 2011 Every Time We Say Goodbye 2: Sarah Wallen, John Casquarelli, Liz Dalton, Tiffany Johnson, Uche Nduka, Jhon Sanchez, Marita Downes, Lisa Rogal, Micah Savaglio, Gulay Isik, Patia Braithwaite, Alicia Berbenick, Wendi Williams, Tony Iantosca
April 1, 2011 Every Time We Say Goodbye: Rachel Jackson, Eric Alter, Willie Perdomo, Elspeth Macdonald, Mary Walker, Kyle De Ocera, Christine Francavilla, Yani Gonzalez, Aimee Herman, Jon Jenkins, Tina Barry, Amyre Loomis, Jessica Wedge, Joe Infante. This reading was also a celebration of the publication of the first issues of Brooklyn Paramount and By the Overpass.
March 25, 2011 Calvin Baker (Visiting Writer)
December 14, 2010 Enter the Rhizome: Eric Alter, Alicia Berbenick, John Casquarelli, Kyle De Ocera, Yani Gonzalez, Aimee Herman, Tony Iantosca, Joe Infante, Rachel Jackson, Jamey Jones, Uche Nduka, Sarah Wallen, Mary Walker, Anne Waldman
December 10, 2010 Something to Remember You By: Alicia Berbenick, Liz Dalton, Eric Alter, Joe Infante, Desiree Rucker, Sarah Wallen, Uche Nduka, Yani Gonzalez, Christine Francavilla, Aimee Herman, Tony Iantosca, Patia Braithwaite, Lisa Rogal, Micah Savaglio, Wendi Williams, Jamey Jones
November 19, 2010 Quivering and Everything Else: Mary Walker, Jessica Wedge, Kyle DeOcena, Rachel Jackson, Willie Perdomo, Tiffany Johnson, Tina Barry, Jhon Sanchez, Elspeth Macdonald, Marita Downes, Amyre Loomis, Gulay Isik, John Casquarelli
October 29, 2010 Anne Waldman (Visiting Writer)
June 24, 2010 Transparent Summer: A Potluck Reading by Student’s in Barbara Henning’s “Traditions & Lineages” Class (Summer Session). Christine Francavilla, Tony Iantosca, Alicia Berbenick, Jessica Wedge, Rachel Jackson, Gulay Isik, followed by Open Reading.
April 30, 2010 MFA Thesis Reading: Zahra Patterson, Christine Gans, Jon L. Peacock, Stephanie Gray, Danielle Moskowitz, Tejan Green, Tamara Lebron, Larry Young
April 16, 2010 The Best Thing For You Would Be Me: Yani Gonzalez, Mary Walker, Tejan Green, Jon Jenkins, Liz Dalton, Jessica Wedge, Elspeth MacDonald, Uche Nduka, Tamara Lebron, Eric Alter, John Casquarelli, Rachel Jackson, Stephanie Gray, Christine Francavilla, Christine Gans, Jon L. Peacock, Alicia Berbenick, Patia Braithwaite, Tony Iantosca, Gulay Isik, Jhon Sanchez, Wendi Williams, Jamey Jones
February 26, 2010 Alex Mindt (Visiting Writer)
November 30, 2009 Let Me Tell You Something: Eric Alter, Alicia Berbenick, Patia Braithwaite, Christine Francavilla, Tejan Green, Gulay Isik, Tamara Lebron, Zahra Patterson, Mary Walker, Jessica Wedge
November 23, 2009 MFA’d in the Dooryard Blooming: Lily Almendarez, John Casquarelli, marita casartelli downes, Christine Gans, Yani Gonzalez, Stephanie Gray, Tony Iantosca, Rachel Jackson, Tiffany Johnson, Jamey Jones, Elspeth MacDonald, Uche Nduka, Jon L. Peacock, Giorgios Retsinas, Jhon Sanchez
November 13, 2009 Brenda Coultas (Visiting Writer)
June 25, 2009 Students from Barbara Hennings “Traditions & Lineages” Class (Summer Session). Lillian Grigas, Christine Gans, Eric Alter, Zahra Patterson, Stephanie Gray, Tiffany Johnson, Yoav Ben Yosef, Danielle Moskowitz, Liliana Almendarez, Yani Gonzalez, Shani Ferri-Manor, Jamey Jones
May 6, 2009 Through the Eyes of Another: A Fiction Reading (Hosted by Lewis Warsh). Christine Francavilla, Stephanie Gray, Tamara Lebron, Jon L. Peacock, Beatriz Rodriguez, Wendi Williams, Yoav Ben Yosef
May 3, 2009 There You Were: Creative Writing MFA Thesis Reading (Hosted by Lewis Warsh). Jeremy Beauregard, Yoav Ben Yosef, Christy Bright, Nell Del Giudice, Charulata Dyal, Lorinda Mouzon, Gary Parrish, Jessica Rogers, Anthony Williams
April 29, 2009 Emotion Du Jour: Playwriting Workshop Presentations (Hosted by Jessica Hagedorn). With special guest actors Zoe Anastassiou, Dustin Crouse, Jonathan Fried, Mia Katigbak & Martin Moran; reading the works of Liliana Almendarez, Alicia Berbenick, Marilyn Boutwell, Christine Francavilla, Yani Gonzalez, Elspeth Macdonald & Gary Parrish. Scene Narration by Jon Peacock.
April 24, 2009 New Work: Anne Waldman & Jaime Manrique (Visiting Writers)
April 12, 2009 The Art of the Real: A Non-Fiction Reading (Hosted by Jaime Manrique)
April 9, 2009 John High & Andrea Libin (Hosted by Jaime Manrique).
April 8, 2009 Spoken Word in the Myth of Being: A Reading by Students in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Thesis Class. Alane Celeste, Michael Philip, Enid Hernandez, Barbara Mavrigiannakis, Leslie Conley, Kelly O'Connell, John High
March 29, 2009 Ars Poetica: Meditations on the Line & the Myth of Being (Hosted by John High). Eric Alter, Mike Atkinson, Jeremy Beauregard, John High, Tiffany Johnson, Danielle Moskowitz, Uche Nduka, Mary Walker, Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas
February 22, 2009 A Reading to Celebrate the Publication of Issue #17 of Downtown Brooklyn (Hosted by Wayne Berninger): Rudy Baron, Wayne Berninger, marita casartelli downes, Charulata Dyal, Christine Gans, Stephanie Gray, Kathleen Kesson, Matthew Nagin, Gary Parrish, Zahra Patterson, Jon Peacock, Howard Pflanzer, Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas, Jessica Rogers, P.J. Salber, Charles Thorne, Mike Traber, Lewis Warsh
October 9, 2008 Cornelia Street Café Poetry Reading by MFA Candidates: Lilian Almendarez, Lewis Warsh Gary Parrish, Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas, Uche Nduka, Christine Gans, Stephanie Gray, Jamey Jones, Danielle Moskowitz, Zahra Patterson, Jon L. Peacock
May 2, 2008 A Reading by Graduate Students Who Are Graduating This Year: Charles Thorne, Margot Marie Nasti, Omayra Cruz, Jaime Barker, Lindsey Michael Miller
April 27, 2008 (and continued on May 7) Testimonio: Nonfiction (hosted by Deborah Mutnick). Dwayne Allen, Natasha Gilman, Omayra Cruz, Christine Gans, Joe Garnevicus, Mark Gilman, Elspeth Macdonald, Stephanie Marshall, Jalene Mojica, Jacqueline McCormick, Anna Penny, Sri Raman, Michelle Solomon, Charles Thorne
April 13, 2008 Eros & Loss: Poetry from the Students of Akilah Oliver (Visiting Writer). Teodorico Ampudia, Christine Gans, Stephanie Gray, Jalene Mojica, Gary R. Parrish, Alicia C. Zapata
March 30, 2008 Incantation: Prose & Poetry of the Primal. Lorinda Mouzon, Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas, Charles Thorne, Jon L. Peacock, Gary Parrish, Mary Walker, John High, Elspeth Macdonald, Tamara Lebron, Kristen Walker, Jessica Rogers, Charulata L. Dyal, Sri Raman, Carolyn Smith, Nell del Guidice
March 7, 2008 Downtown Brooklyn at the Living Room Lounge: A Reading to Celebrate the Publication of Issue #16. Wayne Berninger, Michael DeSerio, marita casartelli downes, John High, Sarah Kolbasowski, Margot Marie Nasti, Gary Parrish, Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas, Jessica Rogers, Lewis Warsh
February 29, 2008 A Reading to Celebrate the 1st Publication from Blue Leaf Press: Margot M. Nasti, John High, Sarah Kolbasowski, Andrea Libin, Lewis Warsh, Charles Thorne. (Blue Leaf Press is run by the MFA Program’s very own Margot M. Nasti and Charles Thorne.)
February 7, 2008 MFA Launch: Reading by Jessica Hagedorn & Celebration
November 16, 2007

Gut Compass: A Thesis Reading in Poetry & Fiction (at the Livingroom Lounge)
(MFA students reading from their theses)
Steve Posten, Stephanie Marshall, Mark Perkins, Sarah Kolbasowski, M.A. Reid

October 19, 2007 Emerging Poetics (at the Living Room Lounge)
Charulata L. Dhal, Stephanie Gray, Kristen Walker, Joseph Garnevicus, Elspeth W. MacDonald, Sri Raman, Carolyn Smith, John High, Margot Nasti, Nell Del Guidice, Jeremy Beauregard
April 25, 2007 Works-in-Progress by LIU Playwrights (at Biscuit BBQ)
(Readers are graduate students in Katt Lissard's graduate playwriting class.)
Tejan Green, Tim Lieder, Stephanie Marshall, Carolyn Smith, Nell Stewart, Brook Stowe
April 5, 2007 A Poetry Reading to Celebrate the Latest Issue of Downtown Brooklyn, the Literary Magazine of the Brooklyn Campus (at Biscuit BBQ)
(Readings by contributors)
Wayne Berninger, Cynthia Dantzic, Christine Gans, Giorgios Retsinas, Morgan Schulz, Robert Spector, Lewis Warsh
March 23, 2007 See Sun, Think Shadow (at Biscuit BBQ)
(Readers are graduate students in Lewis Warsh's poetry workshop.)
Charles Thorne, Joe Wolff, Joe Garnevicus, Charulata L. Dyal, Jaline Mojica, Sri Raman, Margot M. Nasti, Gary Parrish, Jessica Rogers
February 9, 2007 Spirit & Dream Autobiography: Readings in Prose & Poetry (at Biscuit BBQ)
(Organized by graduate students from John High's class of the same name from Fall 2006.)
John High, Jeremy Beauregard, Michael DeSario, Margo Nasti, Lindsey Miller, Nell Stewart, Lewis Warsh
December 21, 2006 (originally scheduled for October 19 but postponed) Celebration of the New Issue of Downtown Brooklyn, the Literary Magazine of the Brooklyn Campus (at Biscuit BBQ)
(Readings by contributors)
Wayne Berninger, Christine Gans, John High, Sarah Kolbasowski, Anele Rubin, Morgan M.X. Schulz, Michael Sohn.
November 16, 2006 Book Party & Reading: Celebration of the Release of John High's novel
Talking God's Radio Show (at Biscuit BBQ)
September 28, 2006 (first event of the series) Faculty & Graduates from the LIU-Brooklyn Creative Writing Program (at Night & Day [now Biscuit BBQ])
Lewis Warsh, Andrea Libin, Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas.