Creative Writing

12th Street Journal Issue #6 Launch

Please join us this Friday as we celebrate Issue # 6 of 12th Street Journal.  The event will be held at the Union Square Barnes and Noble this Friday, April 26th at 7:00 pm. The evening features readings by Colson Whitehead, Catherine Barnett, and Luis Jaramillo who were interviewed in this issue; as well as student contributors Timothy Jones, Elin HawkinsonTolly Wright, and Kaitlyn Wylde.


Colson Whitehead Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, Sag Harbor, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurtand Zone One. He’s also the author of the book of essays, The Colossus of New York. He has won numerous awards and prizes including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New Yorker, Granta, and Harper’s, among other places. He teaches creative writing at Princeton University.





Catherine BarnettCatherine Barnett is an American poet and educator. Her most recent collection of poetry, The Game of Boxesrecently won the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award for outstanding second book of poetry. Her first collection, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Her other honors include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Pushchart Prize. Barnett teaches in the Riggio Honors Program and the MFA Program at The New School.


New School Faculty Member and Alumn, Luis Jaramillo

Luis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. His work has also appeared in Open City, GamersTin HouseH.O.W. Journal, and Red Line Blues. He is the Associate Chair of the Writing Program at The New School, the Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy, teaches courses in fiction and nonfiction, and is co-editor of the journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.




Timothy Jones is a Long Island native who seeks to give voice to unspoken experiences and invisible communities. He is a poet, writer, activist, performer, marketer, publishing consultant, and champion of independent artists. His poetry has been published in the graphic novel Gunplay, and in 12th Street. He is currently working on several book projects, and possesses an uncanny ability to incorporate hip-hop into any discussion.

Elin Hawkinson is a freelance writer and actor living in New York City. Her work has appeared in Our Town/Downtown. She is an assistant editor and copywriter for Zeel Networks, Inc. She will graduate from The New School for Public Engagement in May 2013.

Tolly Wright is a writer, student, and sometimes actress. She is passionate about 19th century British Literature, pop culture, and her motherland, the city of Baltimore. She is also secretly passionate about Renaissance Festivals and Korean Dramas. She lives in Harlem.

Kaitlyn Wylde  is a student in the Riggio Honors Program for Writing and Democracy and freelance writer living in Brooklyn. She enjoys philosophical debates with her dog and cheating in chess.


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