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Creative Writing

Literary Arts Programs

Literary arts programs aim to foster the world of literature and languages on campus and beyond, through academic courses, reading and lecture events, awards, and community service. Student writers are invited to gather weekly at The Writers Lounge in the Humanities Center to chat, snack, write, and translate together. For more information about these and other opportunities, see the literary arts programs website.


The Plutzik Reading Series 2017–2018  

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Since 1962, the University has been celebrating the life and poetic achievements of Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), critically-acclaimed poet and Rochester faculty member, by bringing the community readings by the finest contemporary literary artists. The Plutzik Series is one of the most prestigious and longest-running reading series in the country. Over the years, the Plutzik Series has featured a vast array of poets and fiction writers, the famous and not-yet famous.

View the complete Plutzik Reading Series schedule


Open Letter Press

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Open Letter—the University nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers.

Learn more about Open Letter's books and authors


Student Creative Writing Groups