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Extracurricular Programming

The Poetry Outreach Center

The primary purpose of the Poetry Outreach Center is to encourage poetic activity—-the creation and appreciation of poetry—-at all levels of public education. Poets from City College's faculty and graduate student body give readings and conduct hands-on writing workshops in NYC public schools, which culminate in students' participation at the Annual Spring Poetry Festival. Contact: Pam Laskin,

The MFA Reading Series

Organized and curated by MFA in Creative Writing students, this reading series provides opportunities for graduate student writers to read their work alongside alumni and a headlining professor. The goals of the series are to allow graduate writers to share their work and develop skills as public readers, to promote community enthusiasm, to create connections with program alumni, and to highlight the work of CCNY graduate English students, faculty, and alumni in the wider NY literary scene. Readings occur on Fridays once a month. Contact: Series Organizers,

The Graduate English Masters Series

This monthly professional speakers series supports graduate students in setting and attaining career goals. Guests include agents, editors, and writers, as well as CCNY faculty and alumni who speak on a variety of topics, from publishing one’s work, to finding employment, to pursuing a career in academia, to understanding the publishing market today. In addition to essential information, the Masters Series enables students to network with the professionals who can help them to further their careers.

The English Department Lecture Series

This lecture series provides an on-campus forum in which full-time faculty in the CCNY English Department can share their critical scholarly work with their colleagues and students. Contact: Daniel Gustafson,; and Andras Kisery,

The Simon H. Rifkind Center

For over two decades, the Simon H. Rifkind Center has contributed to the scholarly dialogue of the Humanities & Arts Division at The City College.  The center co-sponsors events and generates a comprehensive body of readings, film screenings, special events, lectures, and seminars that both bolster and stimulate scholarship, cultural curiosity, and job preparedness among students and faculty.  Contact: Brandon Judell,

Annual Events

The Spring Poetry Festival

The Langston Hughes Festival

The English Department Awards Ceremony


See the Events Calendar for upcoming English Department events