Literary Stars Offer Free Readings During 30th Annual Rutgers University–Camden Summer Writers’ Conference


By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden celebrates three decades as the premiere literary hub in South Jersey as it presents the 30th Annual Rutgers University–Camden Summer Writers’ Conference from June 22 to July 1.

Gregory Pardlo, a 1999 graduate of Rutgers–Camden who just earned the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his poem collection Digest, returned to his alma mater on June 29 to read from his works. Pardlo headlines a virtual who’s who of critically acclaimed authors and poets who will present free public readings on select days from 1 to 2 p.m in the Stedman Gallery.

The remaining readings are as follows:

Tuesday, June 30, Eduardo Corral, a CantoMundo fellow, whose first book of poems, Slow Lightning, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, will read with Paul Lisicky, author of five books – Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects – and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2015.

On Wednesday, July 1, selected conference participants will read from their works.

The Rutgers University–Camden Summer Writers’ Conference is an intensive, inspiring, and informative 10-day conference of writing workshops, craft classes, agent and editor presentations, and readings by our nationally known faculty of poets and writers. The conference is open to both Rutgers–Camden students and the public, but prior workshop or professional writing experience is required. Please note: fiction workshops are already full, but a limited number of spaces are still available for creative nonfiction and poetry workshops.

The conference can be attended for graduate and undergraduate credit, as well as on a non-credit, certificate fee basis. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 2. For more information or to register, visit or contact Lisa Zeidner at or (856) 225-6490.

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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