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March 2017
Charles Campisi, author reading, 6pm


Poetry reading, 6pm
David Lehman, author reading, 6pm




Veronica Vera, author reading, 6pm
Danielle Ofri author reading, 6pm


Crystal Williams, 6pm
Ulrich Boser, author reading, 6pm

Thursday, March 2, 6pm - 7:30pm
Charles Campisi author of Blue On Blue: An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops (Scribner 2017)
In conversation with S. Andrew Schaffer

Charles Campisi is the longest-serving Chief of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, an elite unit tasked with investigating fellow officers suspected of misconduct, corruption, or worse.  When Campisi retired in 2014, he had served for 41 years under four different police commissioners.  Campisi is currently a Senior VP at the private investigation firm Cyber Diligence and has lectured nationally and internationally including at John Jay College and NYU School of Law.

S. Andrew Schaffer is the Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department. A former assistant US attorney in Manhattan, Schaffer also worked  for many years as senior vice president and general counsel of New York University. He now teaches a course in criminal procedure.

Tuesday, March 7, 6pm - 7:30pm
Poetry Reading

Maeve Kinkead, writer and actor, has performed widely in theatre, film, and television. Her writing has appeared in Cortland Review, The New Yorker, Shadowgraph Magazine, Provincetown Arts, and Seventeen Magazine. A Dangling House is her first book of poems.

Annie Kim’s first poetry collection, Into the Cyclorama, won the Michael Waters Poetry Prize and was published in 2016 by the University of Southern Indiana. Kim works at the University of Virginia School of Law as the Assistant Dean for Public Service.  

Kenneth Hart teaches writing at New York University, and is Poetry Editor of The Florida Review.  He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award, and the recipient of the 2008 editor's prize for New Ohio Review. Hart's book, Uh Oh Time was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry.

Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 70 journals and magazines.  A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published in 2014 and a second chapbook, Harbor Mandala, appeared in 2015. Collins teaches creative and expository writing at New York University.

Thursday, March 9, 6pm - 7:30pm
David Lehman author of Poems in the Manner Of (Scribner, 2017)

Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today, including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman.

Lehman has been writing “poems in the manner of” for years, in homage to the poems and people that have left an impression, experimenting with styles and voices that have lingered in his mind. Finally, he has gathered these pieces, creating a striking book of poems that channels poets from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath and also calls upon jazz standards, Freudian questionnaires, and astrological profiles for inspiration.

David Lehman, the series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include Poems in the Manner OfNew and Selected PoemsYeshiva Boys,  When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. His most recent nonfiction book is Sinatra’s Century .He teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

Tuesday, March 21, 6pm - 7:30pm
Veronica Vera author of Miss Vera's Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls (Greenery, 2016)

Veronica Vera made history when she created the world’s first cross dressing academy, Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys who Want to Be Girls in New York City in 1992. Twenty-five years later, her school has become internationally famous, offering a much-needed service to the vast transgender community who enroll for on campus classes from across the country and around the world. Today, Miss Vera has expanded her academy to include all women, couples and non-binary individuals. She is an expert in the fields of sexuality and gender expression. 

In 2014, Veronica Vera was awarded a doctorate in human sexuality in recognition of her work, her artistry and her activism. 

She is also the recipient of an Emerging Artist grant from the Franklin Furnace and a 2017 Acker Award for avant-garde art, and the author of three books: Miss Vera’s Finishing School For Boys Who Want To Be Girls (Doubleday, 1997); Miss Vera’s Cross Dress for Success (Villard, 2002); and Miss Vera’s Cross Gender Fun for All (Greenery, 2016).

Wednesday, March 22, 6pm - 7:30pm
Danielle Ofri author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear (Beacon Press, 2017)

The single most powerful diagnostic tool is the doctor-patient conversation, which can uncover the lion’s share of illnesses. Though the gulf between what patients say and what doctors hear is often wide, Dr. Danielle Ofri proves that it doesn’t have to be. Through the powerfully resonant human stories that Ofri is celebrated for, she explores the high-stakes world of doctor-patient communication that we all must navigate. Reporting on the latest research studies and interviewing scholars, doctors, and patients, Ofri reveals how refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients can lead to better health.

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a physician at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in country, and associate professor of medicine at NYU. She writes about medicine and the doctor-patient connection for the New York Times, and other publications. Danielle is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical setting. She is the author of a collection of books about the world of medicine.

Tuesday, March 28, 6pm - 7:30pm
Crystal Williams

Williams, an award winning poet and essayist, has published four collections of poems, most recently Detroit as Barn (Lost Horse Press, 2014), finalist for the National Poetry Series, Cleveland State Open Book Prize, and the Maine Book Award. Her work has regularly appeared in the nation’s leading journals and magazines and numerous anthologies.

Raised in Detroit, Michigan and Madrid, Spain, Crystal Williams holds degrees from New York University and Cornell University. She was on faculty at Reed College in Portland, Oregon for thirteen years before moving in Fall 2013 to Bates College where she is a Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.

Co-sponsored by The Writing Program, Paul McGhee Division, SPS, NYU.

*We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Amelia Blanquera. During this event there will be a tribute reading of Amelia's work in her honor.

Wednesday, March 29, 6pm - 7:30pm
Ulrich Boser author of Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, Or, How to Become an Expert in Just about Anything (Rodale Press, 2017)
In conversation with Joshua Aronson (NYU)

In Learn Better, Ulrich Boser maps out the new science of learning, showing how simple techniques like self-questioning can help people gain expertise in dramatically better ways. Among the important findings and practical tips, he tells a series of fascinating stories, explains how artist Jackson Pollock learned to paint, and why an ancient Japanese counting device allows kids to do math at superhuman speeds. The book demonstrates that how we learn can matter just as much as what we learn, and will revolutionize the way students and society approach learning and aims to spark dramatic changes in our nation’s school system.

Ulrich Boser
 is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank where he examines education issues. A former contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, Boser is the author of two previous best-selling books, The Leap and The Gardner's Heist.

Joshua Aronson is Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt.