We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. Read more…

Turnstyle: Phillips, Dennis-Benn, Harris

The Center for the Humanities
Event organized by The Center for the Humanities

Get Directions

#var:page_name# cover

Last stop on the Turnstyle train means that we're pulling out all the stops! We'll be back at our home in The Center for the Humanities with Helen Phillips (*The Beautiful Bureaucrat*), Nicole Dennis-Benn - Author (*Here Comes The Sun*), and Bonnie Harris heading up a lineup of MFA all-stars:

Ariel Courage (Brooklyn College)
Caroline Coleman (Brooklyn College)
Maddie Crum (Brooklyn College)
Virginia Vasquez (City College)
Janelle Poe (City College)
Kimberly Lester (Hunter College)
Kiyomi Dong (Queens College)
Sachin Srinivasan (Queens College)

And all of this will take place in room C198 of The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue). Hope to see you there!



Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the debut novel, HERE COMES THE SUN (Norton/Liveright, July 2016). Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner, named by Time Out Magazine as an immigrant making a stamp on New York City. Her debut novel has received much acclaim including: a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a NPR Best Books of 2016, an Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016, a BuzzFeed Best Literary Debuts of 2016, among others. She is the Kowald Visiting Professor at City College’s MFA Program.

Helen Phillips is the author of four books, including, most recently, the short story collection Some Possible Solutions, winner of the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College.


The Turnstyle Reading Series is CUNY's annual literary mixer, pairing graduating MFA students with accomplished authors from City University of New York faculty. The series is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by The CUNY MFA Affliation Group & The Office of Academic Affairs.