NYFA Presents: Three Decades of Writing Fellows

NYFA Presents: Three Decades of Writing Fellows

Join us for a Reading at NYU on October 9 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our Artists’ Fellowship Program

NYFA Board member and three-time fellowship recipient Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is hosting the event and Bill Cheng (Fellow in Fiction ‘15), Luc Sante (Fellow in Non-Fiction ‘14), and Dana Spiotta (Fellow in Fiction ‘08) will be reading. 

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015  

Time: 5PM

Where: Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

More informationhttp://cwp.as.nyu.edu/page/readingseries

Details on NYFA’s 30th Anniversary of our Artists’ Fellowship Program can be found on our website here.

About the host:


Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Saïd teaches memoir in the MFA program at Hunter College and creative writing at New York University, where he received a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award.

About the readers:


Bill Cheng is the author of Southern Cross the Dog.  He is a 2015 fellow in Fiction for the New York Foundation for the Arts.  He received his MFA from Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn.


Luc Sante’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, Folk Photography, and The Other Paris (to be published in October). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman Fellowships. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. 


Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others, which will come out from Scribner in 2016; Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in 2009, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize form the American Academy in Rome. She is an Associate Professor in the Syracuse University MFA program. 

Images, from top: main photo courtesy of the NYU Creative Writing; Saïd Sayrafiezadeh photo © Basso Cannarsa; Bill Cheng photo © Joe Orecchio; Luc Sante photo  © Laura Levine.

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