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September 12, 2007

COHEN LIBRARY EXHIBIT SALUTES “THE CREATIVE WRITING PROCESS AT CCNY”

NEW YORK, September 12, 2007 –The Creative Writing Program at CCNY, an exhibition saluting the achievements of past and present faculty, students and graduates of CCNY’s Graduate English programs, is currently on view in the Morris R. Cohen Library Atrium, North Academic Center, The City College of New York.  This exhibition will be extended with a viewing in the Library Archives Gallery until October 31.

The Creative Writing Program, now in its 35th year, and the program in Literature constitute the Graduate English Program.  Distinguished program alums include Salar Abdoh, Oscar Hijuelos, Carolyn Ferrell, Ben Marcus, Ted Mooney, Walter Mosley, Ernesto Quiñones and Michelle Wallace.  Past writers in residence and visiting writers include Anthony Burgess, Joseph Heller, Edna O’Brien, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich and Susan Sontag.

This past May, seven students from this program had the opportunity to go on a writing retreat in Archer City, Tex., organized and sponsored by the Rifkind Center of City College, Dean Fred Reynolds and Professor Linsey Abrams (director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing).  Students were able to work without distractions in a convivial atmosphere where the writing process is valued.  They also met Pulitzer-prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and had discussions about various books and authors.

On Monday, September 17, Sara Williams, life partner of CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams, will host an afternoon of readings by Creative Writing students entitled “Literary Voices of CCNY”.  The salon will take place 4-6 p.m. in the Cohen Library Archives Gallery.

For more information about The Creative Writing Program at CCNY please call the Cohen Library at (212) 650-7271.  City College is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan.

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For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

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