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November 25, 2019

Packed House at KGB Bar Literary Reading

By Anne Maguire

Report from Andrew Dicus, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Writing:

Ten exceptional writers from CALA (The Center for Applied Liberal Arts) and DAUS (The Division of Applied Liberal Arts, the undergraduate, degree-granting wing of SPS) read their work to a packed house at the NYU SPS Literary Reading at the KGB Bar on Tuesday, November 19. From the first reader to the very last, the bar was at full capacity – with additional listeners spilling into the hallway and stairwell outside the bar – to hear personal essays, works of flash fiction, memoir excerpts, novel excerpts, spoken word poetry, historical fiction, and more.

The KGB Literary Reading is a cherished tradition for NYU SPS students and a highlight of every fall and spring semester for the NYU and the Lower East Side communities. Always free and open to the public, we have been proud to see a growing number of people recognize the extraordinary talents of our students. Readers this semester included a podcaster, an actor, a professional artist, a Richard Rogers Award recipient (for musical theater), a feature filmmaker (whose debut film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival), and much more.

As always, we’re grateful for the readers who participated, and to the community who showed up to support them.


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