12th Street No. 8 Print Launch


Politics and Letters come together for and evening of readings by Tiphanie YaniqueRigoberto González, Rene Steinke, and student contributors to 12th Street No. 8, published by students in the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy, of the Writing Program at the New School.

Date: MONDAY, MAY 4th, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Union Square Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003.

Tiphanie Yanique’s first novel, Land of Love and Drowning was published by Riverhead/Penguin in 2014. Land of Love and Drowning won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnam First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction. She is also the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010 and the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. 

She has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean FictionBoston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American FictionThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, More Magazine, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. She is an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio programs at the New School.

Rigoberto González is the author four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include two bilingual children’s books, the three young adult novels in the Mariposa Club series, the novel Crossing Vines, the story collection Men Without Bliss, and three books of nonfiction, including Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He also editedCamino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Alurista’s new and selected volume Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and USA Rolón fellowships, a NYFA grant in poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Poetry Center Book Award, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award, he is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Rene Steinke is an American novelist. She is the author of three novels: The Fires (1999),Holy Skirts (2005), and Friendswood (2014). Holy Skirts, a novel based on the life of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Faculty Advisory Board Chair of 12th Street.