Goldwater Hospital Benefit Reading
Golden Writers and Yusef Komunyakaa, winner of the 2009 Jean Kennedy Smith NYU Creative Writing Award of Distinction. The Goldwater Hospital Writers participate in an ongoing writing workshop led by fellows from the graduate Creative Writing Program. Voluntary donation requested.
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South
York University Goldwater Hospital Writing Project , started 24 years ago by NYU professor and acclaimed
poet Sharon Olds in conjunction with Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Rose Styron
and Very Special Arts, is a collaborative workshop which
brings together the talented residents of Goldwater Memorial
Hospital and teaching
fellows from the NYU Creative Writing Program. The heart of the project is a
weekly creative writing workshop led by graduate student fellows for the Golden
Writers, a group of long-term Goldwater residents with severe disabilities. The
program also includes weekly one-on-one tutorials, three public readings each
year and the biannual Golden Writers’ Anthology.
of this project is the powerful certainty that creative talent can be nourished
regardless of traditional boundaries and that the process of self-expression
through the written word is healing. While some patients cannot vocalize their
ideas and must communicate via computerized devices and others, unable to
physically write, must dictate their drafts and revisions, they all create
poems that are vital and meaningful, enriched by their triumphs, frustrations
and self-reflection. The workshop welcomes everyone, regardless of our
challenges, into the creative writing community and permits a wonderful
validation of the human spirit. The Goldwater Memorial Hospital
is a municipal hospital committed to caring for the people who live there by
recognizing and supporting individuals’ needs.
The hospital focuses on respecting patients’ rights by helping each
individual reach his or her highest practicable level of function in an
atmosphere and environment that enhances self-image, fosters independence and
preserves human dignity. Goldwater
Hospital continues its
tradition of flexibility and innovation to continuously improve the quality of
care and quality of life of its patient-residents, families and staff.
Kennedy Smith NYU Creative Writing Award
Distinction was established to recognize important writers for their lifelong
contributions to American letters. Past recipients are Lucille Clifton, Toni
Morrison, Galway Kinnell, Stanley Kunitz, Philip Levine, Jean Valentine, Tomas
Tranströmer and Russell Banks. The award has been named for Jean Kennedy Smith
for her ongoing support of the Goldwater Writing Project. NYU congratulates the 2009 award recipient, Yusef Komunyakaa.