Beginning in spring 2007, the Creative Writing Program launched a series of intimate salons at the newly dedicated Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. Students responded with enthusiasm to the events, especially to the informal atmosphere that encouraged conversations with writers whose work they admired. Several of the salons continued long after they were scheduled to end, with students and visiting writers caught up in lively discussion for hours.
The Reading Series has continued every year in this tradition. In a typical week, graduate courses are offered Monday through Wednesday, and readings are held Thursday and Friday evenings. In addition to readings by today's most eminent writers and poets, scheduled events include faculty and alumni readings, readings from newly published literary magazines, panel discussions, and New Salons, which feature writers in conversation. The Emerging Writers Reading Series at KGB showcases graduate students of the Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests.
The Creative Writing Program has been grateful to partner with long-respected literary organizations in New York City to bring diverse programming to our students and public. Co-sponsors and partners have included 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Granta, Open City, PEN American Center, The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Poets House, Poetry Society of America, Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Whiting Writers' Awards.
Friends of the Reading Series have included Barbara K. Bristol & Galway Kinnell, Tom Healy, Fred Hochberg, Robert Holmes, NYU Bookstore, Poets & Writers, Inc., Lillian Vernon, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund of the New York Community Trust. The Reading Series is also made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.