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John Freeman Reading with Samiya Bashir at Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, NYU

November 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

John Freeman will read with Samiya Bashir at 7 PM EST on Thursday, November 10th.

From the organizers:

Poetry Reading: Samiya Bashir and John Freeman

Readings by Samiya Bashir and John Freeman, with a reception and book signing to follow. Please see below for more information about the authors.

Open to the public
All attendees are required to RSVP in advance; please click here

COVID-19 Protocols (please read carefully)
Per current NYU guidelines, masks are optional. All NYU attendees will be required to show an NYU Violet Go pass at the door. Members of the public are required to adhere to the following:

Age: Must be 5 years of age or older.
Identification: Must show a valid government-issued photo ID (children under 18 can provide non-government identification).
Vaccination: Must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted (if eligible, based on CDC criteria) with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine. Documentation must include:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Dates of doses
  • Vaccine manufacturer
  • Documentation must be in English

Note: If the documentation proof you provide does not meet these requirements, you will not be admitted.

Health and Safety Protocols: All attendees must comply with all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, University policies, codes of conduct, and building-specific protocols. 

The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House is wheelchair accessible with at least two weeks advance notice; for this or any other accommodations, please call the Creative Writing Program at 212.998.8816 or email creative.writing@nyu.edu


Samiya Bashir is a poet, writer, librettist, performer, and multi-media poetry maker whose work, both solo and collaborative, has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, experienced, and Oxford comma’d from Berlin to Düsseldorf, Amsterdam to Accra, Florence to Rome and across the United States. Bashir is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Field Theories, winner of the 2018 Oregon Book Award’s Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. Her honors include the Rome Prize in Literature, the Pushcart Prize, Oregon’s Arts & Culture Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature, and two Michigan’s Hopwood Poetry Awards among numerous other awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies. In addition to her books, Bashir has served as editor to national magazines and anthologies of literature and artwork. In 2002 she was co-founder of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent with whom she worked through 2015. An Associate Professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Bashir works to create, employ, and teach—within and without traditional academic setting—a restorative poetics which can acknowledge the despair often bred by isolation and turn it toward a poetics of light and its potential for witness, for healing, and for change. Bashir lives in Harlem.

John Freeman founded the literary annual Freeman’s, the latest theme of which is animals. He’s also an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. The author and editor of eleven books, he lives in New York City and hosts the California Book Club, a monthly discussion of a great work of literature from the Golden State for Alta magazine. His new book is Wind, Trees, a collection of poems. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. 


November 10, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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The NYU Creating Writing Program
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Lilliann Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th St.
New York,, NY 10011
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