Susan Muaddi Darraj is the author of A Curious Land: Stories from Home, which was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. The book was published in December 2015 by the University of Massachusetts Press. She is Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and a Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing program. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press. She has also contributed book chapters to several anthologies and collections, including Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction and Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. Susan is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Gregory Pardlo‘s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo joins the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden in the fall of 2016. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.
One Wednesday a month, Writers in Camden, the Rutgers-Camden signature reading series, invites nationally acclaimed novelists, poets, and essayists to campus for a reading and discussion. In recent years, we’ve welcomed Gary Shteyngart, Jennifer Egan, Tracy K. Smith, Tom Perrotta, Brenda Shaugnessy, Justin Torres, and dozens of other nationally renowned artists.
Writers in Camden also offers afternoon writing workshops with our visitors and publishing panels featuring editors, agents, publishers, and publicists.
All Writers in Camden events, including workshops, are free and open to the public. Readings are followed by a Q&A session and reception with the authors.
Sponsored partially by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Date & Time
September 14, 2016
326 Penn St.