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Literary Arts

Literary Arts

The traditions of story-telling and poetry are old, reaching back before writing to oral traditions and cave walls. We require stories in order to explore the human condition. In literature, we recognize ourselves, empathize with others, and discover the possibilities of language. Each year, Queens makes invaluable contributions to the literary life of the city. Our campus has recently welcomed Pulitzer-Prize winners, a poet laureate, best-selling authors and talented new voices. Writers are drawn to Charlotte by the Queens Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program, the English Department Reading Series, and the Friends of the Library at Queens.

Study Writing and Literature

The MFA in Creative Writing Program, begun in 2001, has rapidly grown into one of the most successful low-residency programs in the country, with some of the most accomplished writers in America on its faculty. At the undergraduate level, Queens offers three majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree: English-Creative Writing, English-Literature, and Drama. The programs in writing and in literature are available in evening as well as during the day. A Certificate in Creative Writing is available through Continuing Education. 

Get Involved

Friends of the Library at Queens hosts annual events of interest to those who love to read and who celebrate in the fellowship of books and ideas. This group provides sponsors social and literary events, also providing support and resources to Everett Library at Queens.

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Conversations with the Authors

Friends of the Library at Queens is excited to announce the Conversations with the Authors event. This year's Book & Author Event features conversations with Amor Towles and Phillip Lewis. View Event

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46th Annual Book and Author Luncheon

The Friends of the Library are pleased to host Amor Towles and Phillip Lewis at this year’s Book and Author events. View Event

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Short Stories for Gabo 2/Cuentos Para Gabo 2

Please join us for a tertulia featuring creative works from North Carolina that celebrate the themes and topics explored in Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez's literary masterpieces. View Event

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Border Matters and Fluid Identities: Dissident Latina/o American Narratives of the 21st Century Speaker, Oswaldo Estrada

The Center for Latino Studies invites you to a presentation on recent Latina/o American productions of novels, short stories and chronicles published over the last fifteen years in Latin America and in the United States. View Event

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Spring Books and Coffee 2017

Join Friends of the Library for a Spring Books and Coffee event to welcome award-winning writer Susan Rivers MFA '07. View Event

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