TCNJ's creative writing organization


Events

ink organizes and hosts events like the Student Reading Series, the Visiting Writers Series, Master Series and The Goods. We also take the occasional field trip to events off campus. Here’s the schedule of events during the Fall 2012 semester. This information may change, so keep an eye on the blog for updates.

Visiting Writers Series: Paul Legault - more info

October 16 at 5:00 PM in the Library Auditorium

Visiting Writers Series: Adam Levin - more info

November 20 at 5:00 PM in the Library Auditorium

Student Reading Series - more info

October 22 at 8:30 PM in the Library Auditorium

Halloween Coffeehouse - more info

October 31 at 8:30 PM in Bliss Lounge

The Goods - more info

November 16 at Noon - 8 PM in the Rat

Visiting Writers Series: Adam Levin - more info

November 20 at 5:00 PM in the Library Auditorium


About the events

Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series is a string of events where established writers come to TCNJ and share their work with students. The events take place in the fall semester and are organized and sponsored by the Writing Communities course at TCNJ. Students in the course host the visiting writers and choose writers who will read the following year. ink helps to spread the word about these fantastic events.

Paul Legault is a poet and co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books. He has been published in The Awl, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Pleiades, and other journals. Publisher’s Weekly calls Legault’s The Other Poems “bizarre, comic, unsettling all the way through…either a set of avant-garde sonnets, or a collection of 14-line playlets, whose many terse voices or characters come straight out of the theater of the absurd.” Legault’s The Emily Dickinson Reader provides one-line translations of each of Dickinson’s 1,789 poems, perfect for the poetry lover short on time. “A narrow Fellow in the Grass / Occasionally rides,” for example, translates to, “I saw a snake.”

Adam Levin is an American fiction writer whose short fiction has been published in Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and Tin House. He currently lives in Chicago and teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the School of the Art Institute. His first novel, The Instructions, was published in 2010 and his latest book, Hot Pink, a collection of short stories, was published in 2012. His work has been compared to that of David Foster Wallace and Philip Roth.

Master Series

The Masters Series takes place in the spring semester and usually comprises a Master Lecture and a Master Class. We host two big-name writers either to give a reading and a lecture or to workshop the writing of a selected student from the creative writing minor. These events are always quite special.

Student Reading Series

The Student Reading Series gives students a chance to perform original work before an audience of their peers and professors. Once or twice a semester, we select about three of TCNJ’s strongest writers, give them a mic, allow them to pick someone to introduce them, and have a small reception with light refreshments after the event. You can download the application and apply now by sending a completed copy to ink@tcnj.edu or ink’s mailbox in Bliss Hall. For questions, contact Mylin Batipps, head of events.

The Goods

The Goods is an all-day student arts festival held each semester in the Rat. This semester, it’ll be held from 12 PM to 8 PM in the Rat on Saturday, November 16. We invite students to perform just about anything they can think of. We’ve had students read poetry and prose, play music, freestyle, present artwork, demonstrate Tai Chi, dance, and the list goes on. This semester, The Goods will feature headlining poet and author Tao Lin, appearing at 6:30 PM. You can apply now by downloading the application and sending a completed copy to ink@tcnj.edu. Applications are due on October 30 at 11:59 PM.

Coffeehouses

Coffeehouses are informal get-togethers where writers and their friends can enjoy an evening of coffee and snacks while sharing original pieces. Whether you have something to share or you want to listen to the works of your peers, all students are welcome. Sometimes our coffeehouses are themed, such as our Halloween Coffeehouse in the fall, or our Love/Hate Coffeehouse in February. It’s always a great time.


Off-campus Events

Monthly

Words Hip Hop & Poetry Showcase & Open Mic ($13, $10 with student ID)

Every Third Saturday of the Month at 10:00 p.m. at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

All That! Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz Showcase & Open Mic ($13, $10 with student ID)

Every First Wednesday of the Month at 9:00 p.m. at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Weekly

Open Mic Mondays ($7 at the door)

Every Monday at 9:00 p.m. at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Friday Night Poetry Slam ($10 at the door, $20 for reserved seating)

Every Friday at 10:00 p.m. at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Wednesday Night Slam Open ($8 at the door)

Every Wednesday (except the first Wed. of the month) at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

September

Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series: Katy Didden and Adam Ross

Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center

The Write Space: A Workshop for Writers

Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library

October

Writer’s Room Group

Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library

Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar

Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Carl Fields Center at Princeton University

Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series: Geoff Dyer and Richard Blanco

Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center

The Write Space: A Workshop for Writers

Oct. 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library

November

Writer’s Room Group

Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library

Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series: Jamaica Kincaid and David Ferry

Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center

The Write Space: A Workshop for Writers

Nov. 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library

February

Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series: Denise Duhamel and Teju Cole

Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center

March

Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series: Claire Vaye Watkins

March 12, 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center

April

Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series: Ann Beattie

April 16, 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center