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Literature Live

Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program, Nassau Community College’s Lit, Live! reading series brings to campus renowned writers from around the world. Among those who have read at NCC are Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Simic, Jamaica Kincaid, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tobias Wolff, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Nahid Rachlin, and Michael Thomas. These writers present their work in readings that are free and open to the public, conduct master classes and Q&A sessions for creative writing students, and meet with faculty groups.

Lit, Live! also sends writers from Nassau Community College out into the Long Island community to give lectures, readings and/or workshops at libraries, local public schools, art galleries, museums, or any other Long Island organization that would like to include literary activities in its offerings. The Faculty Profiles page contains biographies, samples of work, and contact information, or, if you would like more general information, contact Professor Sabrina Davis, Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at creativewritingproject@ncc.edu.

Our previous Lit, Live! Readers:

 * writers who are also NCC faculty


Joe Okonkwo
Kevin Nyugen
Tim Wood*
Mario Susko*
Matwaala South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival
(featuring Usha Akella, Yogesh Patel, Kavita Jindal, ZIlka Joseph, Sophia Naz)
Nita Noveno
Bi-Centennial Birthday Celebration for Walt Whitman
(featuring Whitman impersonator Darrel Ford and Whitman scholar Iris Jumper)
Carmen Maria Machado


Christie Williamson
Elizabeth Nunez
Aaron Jackson
Jared Harél*
David Cope
Duane Esposito*
Ralph Nazareth*
Sokunthary Svay
Barbara Barnard*
Mary Lannon*
Richard Jeffrey Newman*
Pramila Venkateswaran*
John Woods*
Pat Falk*


Kelly McMasters
Barbara Novack
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Elmaz Abinader
Veils, Halos, and Shackles
(featuring visiting writers Charles Fishman, Marisa Frasca, Terri Muuss and Richard Newman*)
Nancy Agabian
Meera Nair
Amy King*
Matthew Rotando*
Barbara Barnard*
Christina M. Rau*
Pramila Venkateswaran
Matwaala: The South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival (featuring Ravi Shankar, Saleem Peeradina, Sasah Kamini Parmasad, Usha Akella)
Jared Harél*
Tom D’Angelo*
Shannon Matesky
Olivia Kate Cerrone


Kelly McMasters
Barbara Novack
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Writers of Veils, Halos, & Shackles
Nancy Agabian
Meera Nair
Amy King*
Matt Rotando*
Barbara Barnard*
Pramila Venkateswaran*
Christina M. Rau*
Usha Akelal
 Ravi Shankar
Saleem Peeradina
Sasha Parmasad
Varsha Shah
Elmaz Abinader
Robert Lopez
Laurie Foos


Connie Roberts
Cathy Chung
Phillis Levin
Tim Woods*
John Wood*


Teddy Wayne
Dan Josephson


Pamela Sneed
Alena Dillon


Brian Turner
James Arthur

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