Creative Writing Reading Series featuring Jonathan Escoffery

The Creative Writing Series invites you to our next major event of the season: A Reading from Jonathan Escoffery. Co-sponsored with Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

Our co-sponsorship with Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance made this recording possible. This event was recorded on September 20, 2023.


Jonathan Escoffery is the author of If I Survive You, a New York Times and Booklist Editor’s Choice, an IndieNext Pick, and an International Bestseller. If I Survive You was longlisted for the Booker Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize For Debut Short Story Collection, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the Story Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Southern Book Prize, and the California Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award. It was named a ‘best’ book of 2022 by Entertainment Weekly, People, TIME, Oprah Daily, NPR, Literary Hub, The New Yorker, L.A. Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Vox, Kirkus, BookPage, Real Simple, and elsewhere.

For more information visit the event website.

Creative Writing Program

September 20, 2023

Art and HistoryCollege of Arts & LettersCreative WritingDepartment of Africana StudiesDigest152digest222Dionne IrvingInitiative on Race and ReslienceJonathan EscofferyLiterature of AnnihilationLiteratures of Annihilation Exile and Resistance

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