Friday Forum | Pratt Institute

Directors: Gina Zucker, Nelly Reifler
Engineering 371, Brooklyn Campus, Pratt Institute
12:00-1:50 p.m.

Welcome to Friday Forum, the bi-weekly reading series and discussion seminar specifically for students in Pratt Institute’s Writing Program. Though the series is curated by faculty directors, the Friday Forum readings are fundamentally student-run. From freshmen to seniors, the writing majors in the course are responsible for researching, introducing, and engaging in discussion the working writers and editors who present, perform, and/or speak about their work.

To our advantage, New York City is the center of North American publishing and the home to various, dynamic literary communities old and new, and this forum is an extension of the living literature that finds its audience here. Friday Forum is a place to consider the ideas, motivations, methodologies, and careers of both local and visiting writers—among them essayists, novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, translators, critics, and performers—and to join in thoughtful conversations about writing with professionals in the field.

See: Friday Forum REQUIREMENTS

January 22
First class: ORIENTATION

January 29
Discussion Group for STUART DISCHELL

February 5
Stuart Dischell

February 12
Discussion Group for DENNIS DICLAUDIO

February 19
Dennis DiClaudio

February 26
Discussion Group for THISBE NISSEN

March 5
Thisbe Nissen

March 12

March 19

March 26
Christine Schutt
(*Please note: this reading will take place in Memorial Hall*)

April 2
Discussion Group for ULJANA WOLF

April 9
Uljana Wolf

April 16
Discussion Group for FIRST BOOK PANEL

April 23
First Book Panel
Melissa Febos
James Hannaham
Ruth Davis Konigsberg
Fiona Maazel

April 30
Discussion Group for JESSICA BLANK & ERIK JENSEN

May 7
Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen

PAST READERS INCLUDE: Nick Flynn, Susan Choi, Laurel Snyder, Maggie Nelson, Tomaz Salamun, Shelley Jackson, Alice Notely, Michael Kimball, Doug Anderson, Joshua Ferris, Laura Miller, Sasha Frere-Jones, Susanna Moore, Jeffrey McDaniel, Jim Lewis, Anne Landsman, Tao Lin, David Hollander, Hannah Marcus, Aleksandr Skidan, Max Winter, Ralph Arlyck, Vijay Seshadri, Noy Holland, Sam Michel, William Finnegan, Sean Wilsey, Gabriel Cohen, Mary Gaitskill, Amanda Stern, Karrell Roxas, Anna Holmes, Dara Wier, Steve Almond, Kurt Andersen, Starlee Kine, Stephen Rodefer, Albert Mobilio, Eric Banks, Robert Lopez, Eileen Myles, Monique Truong, Wayne Koestenbaum, John Reed, Paul Brill, Elissa Schappell, Robert Spillman, Peter Markus, William Corbett, Ed Barrett, Eric Konigsberg, Ariel Levy, Rachel Cohen, Cole Swensen, Siri Hustvedt, Joe Garden, Alphonso Lingis, Noelle Kocot, Gary Lutz, Jonathan Ames, David McAleavey, Maureen Cummins, Kenneth Goldsmith, Heather Rogers, David Ohle, Franck André Jamme, Jen Banbury, Robert Sullivan, Wayne Koestenbaum, Samantha Gillison, David Hajdu, Claudia Rankine, Karen Brennan, Lynne Tillman, Robert Sietsema, Stacy Doris, Aaron Kunin, Van Jordan, Tom Spanbauer, Rich Maxwell, Akhil Sharma, Laurie Palmer, Dara Wier, John Freitas, Matthew Rohrer, Joshua Beckman, Brian Evenson, Jonathan Green, Cathy Park Hong, Daniel Nestor, Amy Kellner, Nathalie Stephens, Prageeta Sharma, Heather McGowan, Hannah Tinti, Kamila Shamsie, Lytle Shaw, Elaine Sexton, John Edgar Wideman, Lucie Brock-Broido, Lisa Jarnot, A. Alcalay, Kurt Andersen, Alissa Quart, Marjorie Welish, Samantha Hunt, Bhanu Kapil Rider, Thalia Field, Juliana Spahr, Brenda Coultas, Douglas A. Martin, and many other fine writers.

FORMER DIRECTORS INCLUDE: Jen Bervin, Brian Blanchfield, Christian Hawkey, Melissa Buzzeo, Elizabeth Stark, and Lisa Carl.