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Grace Paley Fellow Diana Goetsch: Craft Lecture

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Nov 15 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us at Wollman Hall for a special lecture byDiana Goetsch,recipient of the 2017Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship, a semester-long teaching residency in theFirst-Year Writing ProgramatEugene Lang College.

Diana Goetschisan award-winning poet and essayist whoseAmerican Scholarcolumn, Life in Transition, she says, was her opportunity to document her coming out as a trans woman as a service to a battered community. Mentored by the greatWilliam Zinsser, who also contributed regularly to theAmerican Scholar, Goetsch believes her writing there meant practicing in a sacred space.

This lecture will be about the central channelsomething well-known in contemplative disciplines, though rarely discussed in connection with writing. Understanding the central channel, and how to apply it to writing, can reveal much about our craft, and open up our teaching.

The Grace Paley Teaching Fellowshipisa semester-long residency in the First-Year Writing Program by a writer of considerable achievement, whose work also reveals a concern for social justice.The Fellowship honors Grace Paley, whose commitment to the arts and activismwhose voiceis a model for the writer in our moment.

Diana Goetschhaspublished eight collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, includingThe New Yorker,PloughsharesandThe Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her teaching credits include higher education in Oklahoma and Kentucky and 21 years in the NYC public schools, where she founded a creative writing program for incarcerated juveniles.

This event is presented byThe New SchoolandEugene Lang College.

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