The 82 is the Creative Writing minor's reading series, featuring distinguished Chicago writers of all genres, Northeastern faculty members and Northeastern student writers. The series hosts four to six events per academic year, and is named after the CTA's Kimball bus line, which gets many Chicagoans to our Main Campus and El Centro locations. 

Upcoming Events

The 82: A Reading by julie Iromuanya

Feb. 20, 2020
3-4 p.m. 
Location TBA

Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature (now 9 Mobile Prize for Literature), and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work most recently appears in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and Callaloo: A Journal of African American Arts and Letters and is forthcoming in Afropolitan Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury Publishing). She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Kimbilio Fellow, a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, a Jan Michalski Fellow at “The Treehouses,” and the Eternal Vada Fellow at Sangam House. Her work has also been supported by fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, Villa Lena, and Villa Ruffieux. Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Presidential Fellow, Richard H. Larson Fellow, and award-winning teacher. She is an assistant professor in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago and affiliate faculty of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. She is at work on a second novel, A Season of Light

The 82: Creative Writing Faculty New Books Reading

March 26, 2020
3-4:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Featuring: Larry O. Dean, Olivia Cronk and Amanda Goldblatt

The 82: End-of-semester Student Writers Reading

April 15, 2020
4-5 p.m.
Location TBA

Past Events

Poetry & Pancakes featuring readings by Creative Writing Alums, Part of NEIU Weekend

Sept. 14, 2019
9:30 a.m.
B-Wing Patio

Lit & Luz Festival presentation featuring Verónica Gerber Bicecci, author of "Empty Set"

Oct. 15, 2019
3-5 p.m.
Pedroso Center 

This program is being produced in collaboration with the Lit & Luz Festival, the Department of English, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the Angelina Pedroso Center for Cultural Affairs and Diversity.

Flyer reads: The 82 presents Kristiana Rae Colon, Jac Jemc and Jacob Saenz and shows small photos of each person.

The 82: Writers/Reading

Oct. 29, 2019
4-6 p.m. 
LIB 022

Featuring Chicago writers:
Kristiana Rae Colón, poet, playwright ("Octagon," "Good Friday") and educator
Jac Jemc, author of "False Bingo" and "The Grip of It
Jacob Saenz, poet and editor 

The 82: End-of-semester Student Writers Reading

Dec. 5, 2019
3-4:30 p.m.
SU 214

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