Podcasts and Videos

Foraging for Food—and Love

July 8, 2014

Ava Chin, Associate Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, discusses her new memoir, Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal. >>

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Art of Writing

May 1, 2014

"A Q&A with The Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates and CUNY J-School students and faculty. Moderated by Dean Sarah Bartlett." >>

Eldridge & Co.: Elizabeth Nunez - "Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir"
April 7, 2014

"Elizabeth Nunez, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College, scholar and author of 8 novels, talks about Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir her latest book. Ms. Nunez beautifully explores family relationships, cultural influences, the oppression of the church and colonialism and more." >>

Panel Discussion on Black Literature
March 29, 2014

The panel "Maintaining Cultural Legacies: The Black Arts and Umbra Movements" "talked about how to define Black literature and Black literary classics, and how the traditions of the Black Arts Movement and the Umbra Movement influenced the Black literary tradition." >>

Art and Craft: Teaching Writing, with André Aciman, Colum McCann & William P. Kelly
March 4, 2014

Part of the Chancellor’s Conversations series. "Highlighting the work of CUNY faculty, Interim Chancellor Bill Kelly speaks with two of contemporary literature’s most distinctive stylists. Andre Aciman of the Graduate Center is the author of seven books, including the novels Harvard Square and Eight White Nights and the acclaimed memoir Out of Egypt. Colum McCann of Hunter College is the author of eight books, including Transatlantic and Zoli; his novel Let the Great World Spin was awarded the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction." >>

Gay Talese
December 5, 2013

“Legendary journalist Gay Talese admits that a lot of his talent stems from his innate curiosity about his subjects, real or imagined. “I’m not creating anything. What I am doing is trying, as best I can, to befriend people, including people I’m interviewing or want to interview,” said Talese, who discussed his life and times with CUNY Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly as part of the Extraordinary Lives Series at the Graduate Center.” >>

Andre Aciman & Aleksandar Hemon

October 9, 2013
"Two literary masters, Andre Aciman and Aleksandar Hemon, discuss displacement, exile and memory at a Graduate Center event." >>

Joshua Henkin
October 1, 2012

Author Joshua Henkin says that when it comes to families, Tolstoy was right — it’s adversity that keeps them interesting. “All happy families are the same, unhappy families are unhappy in their own way,” says Henkin, citing the iconic Russian novelist to describe his latest novel, The World Without You. Henkin, who directs the MFA program in fiction writing at Brooklyn College, discusses his book, which revolves around a family mourning the death of their son in Iraq and how a calamity impacts family members for years to come. >>

E.L. Doctorow
May 1, 2012

“There is something diminishing about the word ‘historical’ as applied to a novel,” says E.L. Doctorow, who spoke at the fourth annual Leon Levy Conference at the Graduate Center. “A work relegated to a genre, somehow feels less relevant than the here and now,” says Doctorow, the award-winning author of 11 novels, who delivered the conference lecture, “Biography in Fiction.” >>

U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine
December 13, 2011

“There’s something in you that you know should be told,” says U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, but “you have to stay at it forever because it doesn’t come easily.” Levine, at 83, sees an authentic story at the kernel of every true poem. A 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner, he was named poet laureate by the Library of Congress in August, and appeared at the New Salon in Queens, a partnership between the Queens College MFA Program for Creative Writing and Literary Translation and the Poetry Society of America. >>

Julie Otsuka
November 1, 2011

At an event at Macaulay Honors College featuring Knopf Doubleday authors, Julie Otsuka read from her latest novel, The Buddha in the Attic, which tells the often heartbreaking stories of what became of young Japanese women who arrived in California after World War I as mail-order brides. >>

Pete Hamill
October 7, 2011

At the Tina Santi Flaherty Irish Voices Literary Series, sponsored by the Writing Center at Hunter College, journalist, novelist, and newspaperman Pete Hamill spoke about his early life in Brooklyn and how his local library played such a vital role. “The library is where I began my life — it promised magic and delivered it.” >>

Nicole Cooley
March 10, 2011

A year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Nicole Cooley saw the scale of destruction for the first time....Cooley, a poet and founding director of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at [Queens] college, was so affected by what she witnessed, she devoted her next book of poems, 'Breach,' (April 2010), to the tragedy and its aftermath.>>

Candid Tips from New York Top Editors
March 8, 2011

On March 8th, around 80 aspiring book review writers gathered to hear candid tips from New York City's top editors of the form. Henry Finder (New Yorker), Radhika Jones (Time Magazine), Robert Messenger (Wall Street Journal), and Sam Tanenhaus (New York Times Book Review) shared secrets for successfully pitching reviews--and getting them published. >>

Paul Muldoon
January 10, 2011

At an event sponsored by the Irish Studies Department at Queens College, Muldoon, a native of Northern Ireland, read selections from his works and discussed his influences, including fellow Irish poets. >>

Peter Carey
July 14, 2010

In his 11th novel, “Parrot and Oliver in America,” Peter Carey reimagines Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” and his famous journey to the United States in the 19th century using the dichotomy of a French aristocrat and his servant. >>

Tina Chang

March 23, 2010

Brooklynites, watch out. Poetry is on its way to your parks, street fairs, the public consciousness. So says Tina Chang, Brooklyn's new poet laureate, who wants to put poetry center stage." >>

Colum McCann

December 8, 2009

"'I’m bursting with joy and pride — and a certain amount of terror, to be honest,' said Colum McCann on winning the 2009 National Book Award for fiction, now in its 60th year. 'But one must go on to the next book, and that, sometimes, is the more difficult.' McCann’s bold novel, 'Let the Great World Spin,' which uses Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974 as a prism to examine the story’s main characters, took home the top prize on Nov. 18." >>

Thomas Bradshaw

December 4, 2009
In his breakthrough play "Prophet" (2005), Thomas Bradshaw captivated theatergoers with what The New York Times described as his "lacerating satire." Since then, his politically incorrect plots and provocative themes have earned Bradshaw, an assistant professor of mass communications at Medgar Evers College, a devoted Off-Off-Broadway audience and a 2009 Guggenheim fellowship. >>

Elizabeth Nunez

November 10, 2009
"The author of five previous novels, Prof. Nunez reads from [her latest book, Anna In-Between], as part of the Provost Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series at York College." >>

Billy Collins

November 9, 2009

"For one of America's most beloved poets, writing poems is still a leap of faith." >>

Edwidge Danticat

September 28, 2009

"Danticat helped kick off the 2009 Provost Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series at York College this September. Known for her haunting depictions of Haitian immigrants, Danticat explained the essence of her work." >>

David Remnick

September 22, 2009

Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Steve Shepard and David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, had a discussion about The New Yorker's role in the changing media landscape, the future of long-form magazine journalism, The New Yorker's approach to covering stories, and other topics of interest. (video) >>

A.M. Homes

August 24, 2009

"'I didn't mean to become a writer," [A.M. Homes] told the audience at the Best-Selling Author Series at Kingsborough Community College. 'I wanted to be in the Rolling Stones'..." >>

Walter Mosley's Heroes

August 12, 2009

"Mosley, a City College graduate who founded the Publishing Certificate Program there, reads selections from 'The Long Fall.'" >>

War-time Espionage with Alan Furst

July 28, 2009

"'[Paris] was the heartbeat of culture - it symbolized the height and potential of human civilization,' said [Alan] Furst, speaking and reading from his mot recent New York Times Best-Seller, 'The Spies of Warsaw,' at the Best-Selling Author Series at Kingsborough Community College." >>

From Speechwriting to Poetry

April 9, 2009

"At an event co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America (PSA) and Queens College's MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Prof. [Jericho] Brown discussed his work with Robert Casper, programs director at PSA, and read from his first book of poetry, 'Please.'"

Her Prose: Hansel and Gretel Revisited
December 16, 2008

"At a reception in her honor at Baruch College, [Francine] Prose read and discussed 'Hansel and Gretel,' a short story she first published in 1996." >>

Crafting an Eloquent Beginning

December 10, 2008

"John Jay College Associate Professor John Matteson, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his book 'Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father,' compares the beginning of biography to the overture in an opera...at an event entitled 'An Eloquent Beginning,' hosted by the Leon LEvy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center." >>

Re-Writing the Russian-Jewish Experience

May 13, 2008

"As part of Hunter College's Distinguished Writers Series, Mr. Shteyngart reads an excerpt from his 2006 work, 'Absurdistan'...." >>

Poet Frank Bidart Reads

May 13, 2008

"Critically acclaimed poet Frank Bidart reads from his latest collection, “Watching the Spring Festival,” his first volume of lyric poetry..." >>

U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic

April 28, 2008

"Discussing his work and remarkable life, Prof. Simic says, “I don’t think, ever before, has there been so much interest in poetry..." >>

"John Edgar Wideman Kicks Off Black Writers' Conference"

March 26, 2008

"One of the most prominent African American writers today, Mr. Wideman is the first author to have been awarded the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice..." >>

AWP Best-Selling Authors Readings

February 13, 2008

CUNY Best-selling authors dazzled the audience with selections from their latest works at the 2008 AWP Writers Conference...>>

Marathon Reading Featuring CUNY’s Literary Superstars

January 23, 2008

"Some of the most renowned names in fiction, Non-fiction and poetry are part of the creative writing faculty at CUNY..." >>

"MFA in Creative Writing Now in Queens"

January 8, 2008

"This fall, Queens College welcomed the inaugural class of its new MFA in Creative Writing-the first program of its kind in Queens..." >>

"Writing Other Lives: Janet Malcolm and Wendy Lesser in Conversation"

October 25, 2007

"Janet Malcolm investigates how the literary figures Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas managed to get through World War II while living in France...." >>

"Defying Type: Poet Gregory Pardlo"

July 30, 2007

"Pardlo reads and discusses selections from his upcoming book “Totem,” winner of the American Poetry Review’s Honickman First Book Prize..." >>

"An Evening with Colin Channer"

June 21, 2007
"Colin Channer, reads excerpts from his latest novella, which has been hailed as a 'nearly perfect moral fable'..." >>

"Best-Seller Lawrence Block Tells How He Dunnit"

June 12, 2007
"As part of the Kingsborough Community College Best-Selling Author Series, the award-winning crime writer..." >>

"Gay Talese: Father of the New Journalism"

June 5, 2007
"Talese explains the importance of in-person interviews and why his researching style-eschewing the use of phones..." >>

"Out of Iran: A New Feminist Genre"

May 25, 2007
"In her new anthology of poetry and stories, “Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing By Women Of The Iranian Diaspora,” Professor Persis Karim is a fresh voice for Iranian women..." >>

"An Evening with Frank McCourt"

May 18, 2007
"In a delightful conversation with WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate, as part of the ongoing, “Brooklyn on My Mind” series at Brooklyn College, the ever-entertaining author talks about life before the phenomenal success of his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir 'Angela’s Ashes.'..." >>

"Life After Portnoy"

March 15, 2007
"No one would argue that Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth is a hard act to follow. Radio host Leonard Lopate leads a panel discussion entitled “Jewish Writing after Roth” with fiction writers Alice Mattison and Nathan Englander at Brooklyn College." >>

"A Polish Poet Through Irish Eyes"

February 22, 2007
"Bestselling Irish writer Colum McCann, professor of creative writing in the MFA program at Hunter College, reads from his most recent work “Zoli,” which tells the tale of a Polish gypsy poet." >>