The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading

Thu, 10/31/2019

The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading by Dorothy Chan, Nicholas Friedman, Ruth Joffre, & Daniel Peña

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Recipients of the 2019 Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing for excellence in publication will read from their works:

Dorothy Chan BA '12, Poet
Dorothy Chan is the author of Revenge of the Asian WomanAttack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold, and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets. She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Chan is the Poetry Editor of Hobart and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Visit her website at

Nicholas Friedman MFA '12, Poet
Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, winner of The New Criterion Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the New York TimesPOETRYYale Review, and other venues. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is also the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He lives with his wife and son in Syracuse.

Ruth Joffre BA '11, Author
Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon ReviewGulf CoastPrairie SchoonerLightspeedThe Masters ReviewNashville ReviewCutBank, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle and teaches at the Hugo House.

Daniel Peña MFA '12, Novelist
Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. A Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in PloughsharesThe GuardianKenyon Review, and NBC News among other outlets. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Publico Press.

Philip Freund ’29, MA ’32, was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, documentary film writer, playwright, television dramatist, essayist, and literary critic. The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing honors graduates upon their successful publication. 

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Free and open to the public

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for this reading.

This event is presented by the Department of English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University

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