Literary Arts

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The Roads To Publishing: A Conversation with NJCU Graduates.

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Presented by: The English Department Student Events and Publications Committee
& The Center for the Arts at New Jersey City University

Tuesday, November 24, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Free with RSVP

Join us for a discussion with three talented writers / NJCU Graduates, Chloe DeFilippis, Angel Eduardo, Natasha Persaud. This discussion will be moderated by Edvige Giunta.

Chloe DeFilippis is an Account Specialist for NPD BookScan, the gold standard in POS (point-of-sale) tracking for the publishing market. Previously, she held sales positions at Simon & Schuster and Phaidon. Her writing has appeared in Ovunque Siamo, River Teeth, Vending Machine Press, and more.

Angel Eduardo is a staff writer for He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from CUNY Hunter College. He has published in Areo Magazine, The Ocean State Review, and The Caribbean Writer, and other publications. He is working on a book-length memoir, “Echoes.” See his work at

Natasha Persaud has an MFA from Hunter College, CUNY, where she received the Hertog Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in Gay Magazine and The Caribbean Writer. She has taught memoir at The Creative Writers Circle of New Jersey. She is pursuing a Master’s in Counseling at NJCU and working on a memoir about growing up in the tenements of Georgetown, Guyana.

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Past Events


Author J.M. Kelly

June 6, 2020
2:00 PM
Virtual event

Join us for a stellar reading and workshop with author and educator J.M. Kelly.  James will read excerpts from his latest book in the Bobby Holmes series for young adults: Monster on the Moors, discuss his creative process with NJCU Director of the Center for the Arts, Stephanie Chaiken, and present a workshop for middle and high school ages about the process of writing a book.

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June 27, 2:00 PM
Virtual Event

NJCU Center for the Arts presents An Afternoon with the Pandemic Baseball Book Club. Join us for an amazing program featuring readings and a discussion with five baseball writers, led by Ralph Carhart - author of The Hall Ball. Joining Ralph will be Jason Turbow - author of They Bled BlueAnika Orrock author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball LeagueEric Nusbaum - author of Stealing Home, and Brad Balukjian - author of The Wax Pack.


All books from the Pandemic baseball book club

The Hall Ball: One Fan's Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball is the story of a quixotic journey across the United States and beyond. The Goal? To bring a single baseball to every member of the Hall of Fame, both living and dead.

They Bled Blue details the Los Angeles Dodgers' championship 1981 season, complete with a mid-season player strike, a storied lineup at the end of its tether, and the uniquely meteoric rise of a rookie named Fernando Valenzuela.

The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is a fully illustrated history of America's first and, so far, only women's professional baseball league (1943-1954), as told by those who know it best: the players.

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between reveals the messy, dramatic truth behind a great American civic drama: the construction of Dodger Stadium. It's a story of grand visions, evil schemes, Manifest Destiny, and the mystic power of baseball; and ultimately the story of a family caught within the grasp of it all.

The Wax Pack is the story of one man's quest to track down all the players in a single pack of 1986 baseball cards on an 11,341-mile road trip to answer the question, 'is there life after baseball?

Nancy Savoca


Writer-Director Nancy Savoca’s debut film, TRUE LOVE, won the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Director. Savoca co-wrote all 3 segments of HBO’s IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, with Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher, and directed the segments starring Moore and Spacek. The film won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and a Women In Film Lucy Award for the show’s creation. Her documentary of the one-woman show, RENO-REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE (UNRESTRAINED REFLECTIONS ON SEPT. 11TH), premiered September 11, 2002 at the Toronto Film Festival and was awarded the Prize for Peace & Liberty by the City of Florence, Italy.

Rashad Wright

Presented by:

The English Department Student Events and Publications Committee

at New Jersey City University


Virtual Event
Tuesday, October 13, 11:30-12:30 pm
Free with RSVP

In 2018 Rashad Wright became Poet Laureate of Jersey City at age 24, the first poet to receive the title since 2004. He graduated from New Jersey City University, where he studied creative writing and was involved in the Peers Educating Peers (PEP) program as a certified peer educator. Wright, who has been Grandslam Champion of Jersey City Slam twice, has participated and been recognized in many local and national slam competitions. At the 2018 Individual Poetry Slam in San Diego, California, Rashad placed 20th in the country. He is the author of Romeo’s Whiskey, a book of poems for which reg e gaines wrote the foreword. He is in residence at Mana Contemporary, where he is actively involved in hosting poetry events.

Nancy Caronia Smiling

Presented by: The English Department Student Events and Publications Committee at New Jersey City University

Thursday, October 29, 12:00-1:00 pm

Nancy Caronia is Associate Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University. A Pushcart Prize-nominated author, Caronia has published her creative work in The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women on Food and Culture, Don't Tell Mama!: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, and many journals including, Ovunque Siamo, New Delta Review, Lowestoft Chronicles, and BioStories. With Edvige Giunta, she co-edited Personal Effects: Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press 2015, paperback 2019). She also wrote the introduction for the reprint of DeSalvo's Casting Office (Bordighera Press 2014). She is at work on a volume about American dime novels' discriminatory characterizations of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans at the turn of the twentieth century entitled "Dime Novels: Racialization and Erasure." She also is writing a memoir focused on issues of dementia and aging.

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Ann Wallace

Interviewed by Jayne Freeman 
Thursday, November 5 at 8pm 

In March, when Ann E. Wallace and her daughter were among the first Jersey City residents to become sick with COVID-19, Wallace immediately began chronicling their experience. Nearly eight months later, Wallace, a long-hauler, has amassed a large body of work, ranging from poetry to op-ed pieces, and has gained national attention. Join us for a conversation between Jayne Freeman and Wallace about writing through COVID. 

Ann E. Wallace, PhD, Associate Professor of English at NJCU, is writing poetry and essays as she recovers from long-haul COVID at home in Jersey City. Her poetry collection, Counting by Sevens, is available from Main Street Rag (2019), and she has recently published work in USA Today, Huffington PostCrack the SpineStirring,Clementine Unbound and many other journals. 


Krystal A. Sital

Presented by: The English Department Student Events and Publications Committee and

the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies at New Jersey City University


Thursday, November 19, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

Free with RSVP

Krystal Sital is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad. Her essay, “Undocumented Lovers in America”, was featured in the anthology A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home and another essay “Feminist Role Model” was featured in the anthology Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences in the Trump Era. A PEN America Literary Award finalist and Hertog Fellow, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Salon, Catapult, LitHub, and elsewhere. Krystal was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the United States in 1999. She now lives in New Jersey with her partner and their three tiny humans.

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