The South Asian Times

18 September 2019 01:30 AM

Jhumpa Lahiri to head creative writing program at Princeton

New York: Pulitzer Prize winner Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri has been named as the director of the Creative Writing Program by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Lahiri has been serving as a professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University since 2015. She succeeded 2017-19 US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, who led the program since 2015.

“Jhumpa Lahiri, one of the great writers of our time, is a truly galvanizing and empowering presence in the classroom,” Smith is quoted saying in the press release. “Our community is enriched by her commitments to the development of student writers, the practice of translation, and the wealth of literature being written in languages other than English. Jhumpa has also engaged in conversations around the intersection of literature and other art forms and disciplines. Under her directorship, the Creative Writing Program will enter an urgent and meaningful new phase,” Smith added.

 “At a time when words are used to falsify and divide, I am proud and inspired to direct a diverse and inclusive creative writing program that unites Princeton students with some of the world’s finest writers,” said Lahiri.  “Never before has our faculty represented such a multitude of cultures, languages, and perspectives. This year not only marks the 80th anniversary of the program but our continued determination to redefine the literary landscape,” she added.

The Program in Creative Writing at Princeton is in its 80th year, and the faculty has included world-renowned writers Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Mario Vargas Llosa, as well as Indian authors such as Neel Mukherjee and Lahiri. Some 300 undergraduates take courses in this program, according to Princeton

Update: 08 Sep, 2019