Live Lit

Including both Montclair State University writers and visiting writers and artists that are published locally, nationally, and even internationally, Live Lit events provide the opportunity for the MSU community to experience literary performance and engage directly with writers about the creative process. At Live Lit events, typically two or three writers share a stage, first reading their work, and then responding to questions from the audience. Attending a Live Lit event is a wonderful way for students to gain perspective on the writing process. 

Kem Joy Ukwu (fiction) & Ananda Lima (poetry)

Wednesday, January 31, 1:00, Kasser Lobby paired with Ink

Film Screening: Boris Tsessarsky & Sonnet Project

Tuesday, February 13, 1:00, space TBD


Teka Lark Lo (poetry) & Joanna Scutts (nonfiction)

Wednesday, February 28, 4:00, Segal Gallery


Grey Vild (poetry) & Natalie Eilbert (poetry)

Thursday, March 15, 4:00, Kasser Lobby paired with Lenora and Alejandro


No Dominion Theatre Co. (drama) & Nancy Burke (fiction/memoir)

Friday, March 16, 11:30, Kasser Lobby paired with Mad Forest


Kathy Curto (memoir) & Lisa Dordal (poetry)

Tuesday, March 20, 11:30, Segal Gallery


West Moss (fiction) & Jacqueline Regan (memoir)

Friday, April 13, 2:30, Kasser Lobby paired with M Stabat Mater


Student Showcase

Tuesday, April 17, 2:30 Kasser Lobby paired with Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors



Previous Readers

Melissa Adamo
Emily E. Axelrod
Melissa Balmain
Michael Bross
Timothy Charles Browne
Nancy Burke-Toomey
Robin Caine
Craig Chanin
Drew Ciccolo
Nicole Cooley
Claudia Cortese
Megan Cummins
Kathy Curto
Jen DeGregorio
Nico Destino
Leslie Doyle
Shakeema Edwards
Ann Evans
Caitlin Ferguson
Dinah Finkelstein
Bobby Fischer
Ann Fisher-Wirth
Peter Florek
Richard Fulco
David Galef
Ayesha Gallion
Sarah Ghoshal
Maria Giura
Richard Goffman
Michelle Greco
Kelsea Habecker
John Hodges
Ethan Hon
Heather Katzoff
Mark Labowskie
Joy Ladin
Elizabeth Levine
Henry Margenau

Liz Martin
Nancy Mendez-Booth
Maggie Miele
West Moss
Tara Moyle
Paula Neves
No Dominion Theatre Co.
Carrie Lee O'Dell
Timothy O'Donnell
Michelle Ovalle
Morgan Park
Shelagh Patterson
Trace Peterson
Megan Privitello
Jaqui Reid
Rick Reid
Lisa Romeo
Jill Rosenberg
Victoria Russell

Chris Salerno
Roberto F. Santiago
Lewis Seagull
Jim Shankman
The Sonnet Project
Speaking Through Silence
Bryanna Tidmarsh
Nancy Toomey
Vincent Toro
Sasha Troyan
Boris Tsessarsky
Kem Joy Ukwu
Michael Van Calberg
Julia Wagner
Sarai Walker
Youth, Blood, & Roses
Mia X


For more information or to list similar on-campus literary readings, email Carrie O'Dell at