The Literary Mews

All events are free and open to the public. Please see event info below for details.

Global bazaar meets county fair at this second annual festival within the Festival. Discover a world of literature and music on NYU’s beautiful Washington Mews.




10:00 AM  

Craft Talk by Clayton Eshleman: On Translating Césaire and Vallejo
With: Clayton Eshleman

Clayton Eshleman’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and the National
Book Award in Translation.

10:30 AM  

Writers Workshop and Book Signing with Deji Olukotun,
author of Nigerians in Space

With: Deji Olukotun

RSVP required:

12:00 PM  

On Stage: Dan Neely and Company Perform Traditional Irish Tunes

Dan Neely, PhD in Ethnomusicology, is the traditional music columnist for the Irish Echo

12:00 PM  

Outdoor Indie Book Fair

Curated by the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses

12:00 PM  

Lunchtime Poetry Reading: Clayton Eshleman and Ed Pavlić
With: Ed Pavlić, Clayton Eshleman

National Book Award-winner Clayton Eshleman’s forthcoming collection is Penetralia
(Black Widow Press 2014); Ed Pavlić’s Visiting Hours at the Color Line​ was published
by Milkweed Editions 2013.

12:30 PM   Malian Musical Storytelling in the Djeli Griot Tradition
1:00 PM  

CLMP readings


1:15 pm  

African Musical Workshop


2:00 PM  

A Celebration of Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology, edited by Paula Deitz
With: Paula Deitz, Mark Jarman, R.S. Gwynn, Johanna Keller, Charles Martin, Jeff Kline, Alexa de Puivert

Part I Mark Jarman: On Translation inThe Hudson Review since 1949 Part II Poet/Translators R.S.
Gwynn, Johanna Keller, and Charles Martin discuss their translations of Victor Hugo, Christine de Pisan,
and G.G. Belli Part III Actors Jeff Kline and Alexa de Puivert perform scenes from Richard Wilbur’s translation
of Corneille’s Le Cid and discuss its 2013 world premiere production,
in which Kline performed the title role.

3:30 PM  

Reading from the Asian/Pacific American Avant-garde
With: Tarfia Faizullah, Luis Francia, Hieu Minh Nguyen, April Naoko Heck

Challenging distinctions between genre and form, these texts push the boundaries of literature, poetry, and history to defy categorization.

RSVP required:  

3:30 PM  

African Writers Panel hosted by Eddie Mandhry
With: Deji Olukotun, Chinelo Okparanta, Tope Folarin, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Godfrey Mwampembwa

RSVP required:

4:00 PM  

The Impossible Exile: George Procknik in Conversation with Eric Jarosinski
With: George Prochnik

RSVP required: [email protected]

5:00 PM  

German Folk Songs from the Lower East Side

The folk songs that German immigrants sang back then are brought back to life by Tine Kindermann and her New York-based band.

5:00 PM  

Archipelago Books Presents: Stacey Knecht, Richard Sieburth, and Chuck Wachtel
With: Jill Schoolman, Stacey Knecht, Richard Sieburth, Chuck Wachtel

This event is hosted by publisher Jill Schoolman and co-sponsored with Archipelago Books

5:30 PM  

Sebastian Barry reads from The Temporary Gentleman
With: Sebastian Barry

Highly acclaimed author Sebastian Barry reads from his new book,The Temporary Gentleman, a novel written from the perspective of Jack
McNulty, an Irishman who lived through a great war and the subsequent peace, and who is haunted by his great love.

5:30 PM  

“Albert et son orchestre”

Breathing new life into the French Swing tradition, Albert Behar, joined by guest musicians, croons original songs in French and English on the accordion.

6:00 PM  

Tales of Two Germanys: Maxim Leo and Yascha Mounk Discuss Their Memoirs, Red Love and Stranger in My Own Country
With: Maxim Leo, Yascha Mounk, Atina Grossmann

RSVP required: [email protected]

7:30 PM  

What’s Your Muse?
With: Tarfia Faizullah, Chinelo Okparanta, Benjamin Moser, George Prochnik, Eric Banks, Kevin Barry

How do authors find the motivation to take on their topics?