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Grace Paley Fellow Diana Goetsch: Craft Lecture

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

Join us at Wollman Hall for a special lecture by Diana Goetsch, recipient of the 2017 Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship, a semester-long teaching residency in the First-Year Writing Program at Eugene Lang College

Diana Goetsch is an award-winning poet and essayist whose American Scholar column, “Life in Transition,” she says, was her opportunity to document her coming out as a trans woman “as a service to a battered community.”  Mentored by the great William Zinsser, who also contributed regularly to the American Scholar, Goetsch believes her writing there meant “practicing in a sacred space.”

This lecture will be about the “central channel”—something well-known in contemplative disciplines, though rarely discussed in connection with writing. Understanding the central channel, and how to apply it to writing, can reveal much about our craft, and open up our teaching. 

The Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship is a semester-long residency in the First-Year Writing Program by a writer of considerable achievement, whose work also reveals a concern for social justice. The Fellowship honors Grace Paley, whose commitment to the arts and activism—whose voice—is a model for the writer in our moment.

Diana Goetsch has published eight collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The New YorkerPloughshares and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her teaching credits include higher education in Oklahoma and Kentucky and 21 years in the NYC public schools, where she founded a creative writing program for incarcerated juveniles. 

This event is presented by The New School and Eugene Lang College

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