Public Engagement

General Public

Grace Paley Reader Book Launch and Discussion

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

In Fall 2017, the First-Year Writing Program at Eugene Lang College will launch the Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship, a semester-long residency. The fellowship will recognize a writer of considerable achievement, in any genre, whose work also reveals a concern for social justice. The Fellowship honors Grace Paley, whose commitment to the arts and activism is a model for the writer in our moment. Applications are now being accepted (deadline, May 1). 

The Grace Paley estate joins the First-Year Writing Program to present an evening recognizing Paley’s work and the release of the new Grace Paley Reader. The discussion will feature the book's editors, Nora Paley (Grace's daughter) and poet Kevin Bowen, and writer Victoria Redel. Writer and editor Paul Elie will moderate. 

Kevin Bowen is a poet, translator, and painter. For more than twenty-five years he was director of the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and five books of fiction. Her new novel, Before Everything, will be out with Viking Penguin in June 2017 and is forthcoming in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Turkey and China. Redel’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including, Harvard ReviewThe QuarterlyThe LiterarianThe New York TimesThe L.A. TimesO the Oprah MagazineElleBombMore and NOON. Redel is on the graduate and undergraduate faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment For The Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center. 

Paul Elie is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own (2003), a group portrait of Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, and Dorothy Day, and Reinventing Bach (2012), a group portrait of modern musicians who rendered the music of J.S. Bach in fresh and profound ways by making use of new technology. Both books were National Book Critics Circle Award finalists. For many years he was a senior editor with FSG, where he worked with Michael Cunningham, among many other writers. He is now a senior fellow in the Berkley Center at Georgetown University and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

Nora Paley works in the field of somatics with injured and/or interested movers. She lives in Vermont. She is the literary executor of Grace Paley’s estate.

Sponsored by the First-Year Writing Program at Eugene Lang College.


Recent Activity

Getting Here