The Queens College Evening Readings is one of the most prestigious literary events in New York City. Founded in 1976 by Queens College Professor Joseph Cuomo, the series features award-winning authors who visit our campus to do a reading and participate in a moderated discussion and Q&A with the audience. During the last 40+ years we have featured: Arthur Miller, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Edward Albee, E.L Doctorow, Colum McCann, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, John Cheever, Mona Simpson, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Jonathan Safran Foer, Junot Diaz, and Tom Wolfe, among many other prominent authors. The series takes place on select Tuesdays during the academic year at our beautiful LeFrak Concert Hall and is open to the College community and the general public.

Evening Readings Spring 2018 calendar:

*All events take place in LeFrak Concert Hall at 7pm unless indicated otherwise*

February 27, 2018 – John Guare • Moderated by Adam Feldman 
A conversation with playwright John Guare moderated by Time Out New York theater editor and chief critic Adam Feldman.
Tony Award winner, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Oscar nominee John Guare is the author of A Free Man of Color, Six Degrees of Separation, Landscape of the Body. He is also the founder and co-editor of the Lincoln Center Theater Review.

March 6, 2018 – Valeria Luiselli
On March 2nd, Mexican author Valeria Luiselli—just announced as finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in Criticism—will read from her book, Tell Me How It Ends, with commentary about how she came to write it and how it relates to current immigration issues. Named “5 under 35” by the National Book Foundation, Valeria has produced groundbreaking work, which includes Sidewalks, Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth.  The Story of My Teeth was included in the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.

• March 13, 2018 – Panel Discussion featuring Lisa Kron, Kia Corthron, Patricia Ione Lloyd, and Monet Hurst-Mendoza. Moderated by former Newsday theater critic Linda Winer
Panel discussion on women in American theatre with playwrights Lisa Kron (Tony Award winner for Fun Home), Kia Corthron (Windham-Campbell Literature Prize winner for Drama), Patricia Ione Lloyd (New Professional Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Award winner), and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and a 2016-2018 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists). Former Newsday theater critic and NY Drama Critics’ Circle member, Linda Winer will moderate this timely discussion. This panel aims at highlighting the contributions by women to American theater and addressing the challenges that female theater professionals must still overcome to have their voices heard and their work recognized. Participants will draw from their professional and personal experiences to illustrate the need to advocate for more equal opportunities in theater for female playwrights, producers, critics, and backstage professionals. This event is held in memory of Marjorie Hecht Watson (Queens College Class of 1964), for her lifelong passion for literature and labor justice.

• April 10, 2018 – Doug Wright
A conversation with playwright Doug Wright moderated by Time Out New York theater editor and chief critic Adam Feldman.
Doug Wright earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid, and War Paint.

• April 17, 2018 – Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation Faculty
A reading of works in progress by Queens College English faculty and a discussion on the creative process and the writer’s life.


Purchase your Season Pass which includes entry to all five events for a low price of $49 (originally valued at $105).




Kia Corthron was the 2017 resident playwright of Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre, which produced three of her plays. Her work has been produced in New York (Playwrights Horizons, BAM, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon), regionally (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, New York Stage & Film, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Hartford Stage), in London (Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse), and elsewhere. For her body of work for the stage, she has been awarded the Windham Campbell Prize, USArtists Jane Addams Fellowship, McKnight National Residency, Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, Otto Award for Political Theatre, Lee Reynolds Award, and others. Her debut fiction, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, was the winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.


Adam Feldman is the theater and dance editor and chief theater critic at Time Out New York, where he has been a staff writer since 2003. He is the president of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, a position he has held since 2005. He has written for Canada’s Globe and Mail and National Post as well as for OutTime Out London and, among other publications, and was the contributing Broadway editor for the Theatre World book series. He is a recurring host on the television program Theater Talk.


John Guare’s plays include A Free Man of Color (Pulitzer Prize finalist), House of Blue Leaves (NY Drama Critics Circle Award); Six Degrees of Separation (NY Drama Critics Circle Award; London’s Olivier Award) ; Landscape of the Body;  the Lydie Breeze trilogy, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Tony award); Sweet Smell of Success (Tony nomination Best book for a musical);  Atlantic City (Oscar nomination Best Original screenplay) PEN Master Dramatist Award; American Academy of Arts and Letters: Gold Medal in Drama. Council member Dramatists Guild;  Founder and co-editor of the Lincoln Center Theater Review


Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, Astoria Performing Arts Center, |the claque|, Looking Glass Theatre (NYC), Amios, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, Magic Time @ Judson, The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, #serials@The Flea, WP Theater, The Public Theater, Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She is a current member of the 2017-2018 R&D Group at The Civilians, the 2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and is a 2016-2018 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists. Monet was a 2014-2016 WP Theater Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow and has held residencies with The Other Mirror, The MITTEN Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She has been a finalist for Playwrights Week at The Lark, Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange, Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwright’s Center, and the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize (Honorable Mention, 2017). Smith Prize for Political Theatre and Cherry Lane Mentor Project nominations. Most recently, Monet assisted JT Rogers on the Tony-award winning Broadway production of OSLO at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a proud affiliate of Rising Circle Theater Collective, where she co-facilitates INKtank/PlayRISE—a developmental writers lab and new works festival for emerging playwrights of color. B.A.: Marymount Manhattan College.


Patricia Ione Lloyd is the recipient of a 2017 Tow Residency Grant at the Public Theater. Ione is a former Fellow at New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Realm, Dramatists Guild and the Sundance Theater Lab Fellow. She was a part of the 2015 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. The play she wrote during her time there, PRETTY HUNGER, led to a Lab Production at the Public. Ione’s plays PRETTY HUNGER and EVE’S SONG have been included on the Kilroy’s List in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Ione was a resident playwright at the University of Mumbai, Brown University (through the Africana Studies Department/Rites and Reasons Theatre) and the International Theatre and Literacy Project in Tanzania. Her work has also been developed by Red Bull Theatre, Dixon Place, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, New York LGBTQ Center, Freedom Train Productions, Fire This Time Festival, Bleecker Street Theatre and Rising Circle Theatre. She is the recipient of New Professional Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Award for her play BLACK TALE, and the best play award from DUTF for her play THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY.

She is currently writing her first musical.


Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally.  She wrote the book and lyrics for musical Fun Home, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, which won five 2015 Tony awards including Best Book, Score, and Musical, and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  Lisa’s other plays include In The WakeWell, and the Obie Award winning 2.5 Minute Ride.   As an actor she received a Tony award nomination for her performance in Well and a Lortel Award for her turn as Mrs. Mi-Tzu and Mrs. Yang in the Foundry Theater’s acclaimed production of Good Person of Szechuan.  She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Sundance and MacDowell fellowships, a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award, a Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Kleban Prize for libretto writing, and grants from the Creative Capital and NYFA.  Lisa is also founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers.  She serves on the boards of the MacDowell Colony and the Sundance Institute, and as Council Vice President of the Dramatists Guild of America.


Valeria Luiselli published a book of personal essays titled Papeles falsos (Sidewalks) in 2010, and her work has been published in magazines and newspapers such as Letras Libres and The New York Times. Her first novel, Los ingrávidos (Faces in the Crowd) was originally published by Sexto Piso in April 2011 and in the UK by Granta in May 2012. In 2014 she was named one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book Foundation (U.S.). Her most recent novel, La historia de mis dientes (The Story of My Teeth) was one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and won the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Asymptote, McSweeney, and Granta. She recently completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Columbia University. Luiselli’s most recent book is Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions (2017), which is structured around 40 questions she asked of undocumented Latin American children facing deportation


Linda Winer was chief theater critic and arts columnist of Newsday from 1987-2017. She has taught critical writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts since 1992 and hosted the “Women in Theatre” TV series for the League of Professional Theatre Women and CUNY-TV from 2003 through 2006. She was chief theater and dance critic of the Chicago Tribune from 1969-1980, and was a critic for the New York Daily News and USA Today. Her criticism has won two first prizes from the American Society of Features Editors, two New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Awards and the New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award. She had a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for the training of classical music critics and was the 2013 Distinguished Alumna at Northeastern Illinois University. She has taught criticism frequently at the Eugene O’Neill Center and has judged the Pulitzer Prize for drama nine times, five times as panel chair.


Doug Wright earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid, Hands on a Hardbody, and War Paint. Film: Quills, based on his Obie-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television: “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” directed by Rob Marshall. Honors: Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa; Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America. Professional affiliations: President of the Dramatists Guild; member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, board of the New York Theatre Workshop. Wright is married to singer/songwriter David Clement.