Literary Arts

Literary Arts

Literary Arts

This series features NJCU students, alumni, and faculty, as well as readings by guest writers. FREE and open to the public.

Fourth Annual 100-Word Reading Marathon
Tuesday, February 6 
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Flash fiction and flash nonfiction are the new genre! Dozens of writers come together to share their “short” short stories.

Julija Sukys: Siberian Exile
Thursday, February 22
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

In Siberian Exile, Sukys traces her family’s history while shedding light on the horrors the Lithuanian Jews faced during World War II. In this deeply personal memoir, Sukys considers what happens when the stories we’ve been told all our lives change, and how forgiveness operates across generations, and barriers of life and death. 

Black Women Writers and Artists
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 p.m.
Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

A discussion hosted by Edvige Giunta and gallery curator Midori Yoshimoto.

Co-sponsored with the Art Department, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

Krystal Sital: Secrets We Kept
Tuesday, March 13
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

NJCU alumna Krystal Sital reads from and discusses her new memoir, Secrets We Kept (W.W. Norton & Company), an exploration of the lives of three generations of women from Trinidad.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Annie Lanzillotto presents Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stage Light and Pitch Roll Yaw
Tuesday, March 27
6:00-8:00 pm
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Annie Lanzillotto’s new double book of poetry and memoir offers advice from beyond the grave on surviving -- how to eat, cook, clean, heal, mourn, and sing the blues.

Helene Stapinski: Murder in Matera
Thursday, March 29
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

An evening with journalist and Jersey City native Helene Stapinski, author of Five Finger Discount, on her newest book, Murder in Matera. Stapinski recounts her travels to Southern Italy to investigate a mysterious murder that involved her great-great-grandmother, and uncovers a story of struggle and survival.

The Margaux Fragoso Literary Courage Award
Wednesday, April 18
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

NJCU alumna Margaux Fragoso, author of the international best-seller Tiger, Tiger, is remembered less than a year after her death with an award that recognizes her extraordinary courage and achievement.


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