Rutgers–Camden Summer Writers’ Conference Features Free Reading Series

An all-star lineup of acclaimed authors will read from their works during the 28th Annual Rutgers–Camden Summer Writers’ Conference, to be held from June 24 to July 3.

As part of the intensive conference program, featuring nationally-renown writers, poets, and editors, a series of free, public readings will be held on select days at 1 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead

On Tuesday, June 25, Jonathan Dee, author of six novels, including the newly published A Thousand Pardons, will read with Maggie Shipstead, whose first novel, Seating Arrangements, was published last year and has been optioned for a film by Sofia Coppola.

On Wednesday, June 26, James Hoch, an award-winning poet and professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey, will read from his works with Karen Karbo, an author of adult novels, children’s books, and non-fiction works, who is most well-known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series on Katharine Hepburn, Coco Chanel, and Georgia O’Keeffe.

On Thursday, June 27, Emily Raboteau, the author of Searching for Zion, named one of the “Best Books of 2013” by The Huffington Post, will read with Tim Seibles, author of several poetry collections, whose latest book, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award.

On Friday, June 28, David Livewell, who won the 2012 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for this book, Shackamaxon, will read with Thaddeus Rutkowski, the author of the innovative novels Tetched, Roughhouse, and Haywire, the latter which reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction bestseller list.

On Monday, July 1, Daniel Bergner, an author of both fiction and non-fiction who has received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting, will read from his works. Bergner’s most recent books include What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.

On Tuesday, July 2, Jill Bialosky, a poet, novelist, and executive editor of W.W. Norton and Co., will read from her works with Paul Lisicky, the New Voices Professor at Rutgers–Camden, who penned the novel Lawnboy, the memoir Famous Builder, and the story collection The Burning House, in addition to the creative-nonfiction works Unbuilt Projects and the forthcoming The Narrow Door.

David Livewell

David Livewell

Selected students from the program will read from their works on Wednesday, July 3.

Lisa Zeidner, conference director, is the author of five novels, including most recently LOVE BOMB, which was just released in paperback.

Accepting only 15 students per year, the competitive Rutgers–Camden MFA program in creative writing requires 42 credits of coursework and completion of a thesis for this terminal degree concentrating in fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. More information about Rutgers–Camden’s MFA program in creative writing is available at

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