NMC Workshop Alum Awarded Pushcart Prize

23 May

The number of awards and publications from Mailer colony writers is growing!

NMC workshop alum, Steve Adams, was recently awarded a Pushcart Prize! The essay was workshopped in J. Michael Lennon’s creative non-fiction summer workshop and caught the eyes of many. His award winning essay, “Touch,” which describes the writer’s relationship with a cancer stricken masseur, was originally published in the Spring 2012 issue of the literary journal The Pinch. The essay will also be reprinted in the 2014 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

In addition to his recent Pushcart, Adams has also received Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and The Bronx Writers’ Center “Chapter One” Contest. Steve Adams, both a writer and writing coach, explores not only non-fiction, but playwriting, fiction, screenwriting and poetry as well. His dedication is an inspiration to us!


Way to go, Steve!




Inaugural NMC Fellow, Rachel Cantor, Scores Two Book Publications with Melville House

18 Jan

Rachel Cantor, part of the first group of Mailer Colony fellows in 2009, has sold two books to the independent press Melville House. BOYCHIK, a debut novel about a Pythagorean pizza chain employee whose complaints hotline is taken over by a do-gooder from another century, will be published in Fall 2013, followed by DOOR NUMBER TWO, a novel about an underachieving translator who begins to suspect that her latest assignment, with a flamboyant Nobel Prize winner, is not what it seems. Twenty of Rachel Cantor’s stories have been published in the Paris Review, Kenyon Review, One Story, New England Review, Fence, and elsewhere. They have received three Pushcart Prize nominations, and been short-listed for Best American Short Stories and an O. Henry Award. Ms. Cantor lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Announcing the publication of Domestic Uncertainties by Leah Umansky

14 Nov


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Release date: January 2013

ISBN: 978-1-60964-114-6

Leah Umansky is a poet, collage-artist and teacher in New York City. She has her MFA in Poetry from

Sarah Lawrence College and her poems have been published in such journals as: Barrow Street, Catch-up,

and Ping-Pong. This is her first book. Read more at: http://iammyownheroine.com

The language slips, shifts, recalibrates and the world, shaken, is quietly remade, again and again before our eyes in this lovely, sorrowing and finally transformative book.  Leah Umansky is to be congratulated for her sensitive, nuanced, consoling and deeply honest sojourn on the page.

~Carole Maso, author of The American Woman in The Chinese Hat and Mother and Child


Leah Umansky’s first collection, Domestic Uncertainties, is at once delightful and disturbing, illusive and elusive.  Her literary and often witty poems are like reflections in a shattered glass that mirror the fractures and disappointments in our un-crafted and witless lives.

~Nin Andrews, author of The Book of Orgasms and Sleeping with Houdini


In these poems, Leah Umansky addresses the latter with ferocity and wit and emotional candor, making compositions out of the pieces of a love both “strange and altered”.  These “unlove” letters go in search of a wild “new bravery,” renewing our vows to romance and commitment, while wondering aloud if romance and commitment are even still possible/desirable.

~Matt Hart, author of Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless and Light-Headed

“Give me those old habits, but jangle it a little this way and that”. When I read these lines of Leah Umansky’s, I thought of Emily Dickerson’s great lines, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant”, and wondered how she’d feel about this book from one of her literary daughters. I think she’d recognize the stakes and stratagems of Domestic Uncertainties in a happy instant.

~Cornelius Eady

BlazeVOX [books] presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. Our books push at the frontiers of what is possible with our innovative poetry, fiction and select non-fiction and literary criticism. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large.

I would appreciate your sending clips of reviews and mentions.

Thank you,

Leah Umansky


76 Inwood Place




Van Cleef & Arpels’ Gift to the Mailer Center

9 Oct

His & Hers 2012
“Poetic Wish” timepieces

This year, Van Cleef & Arpels‘ “Poetic Wish” timepieces were selected to be in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. For each “His & Hers” set that is purchased, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to the Norman Mailer Center. We are so grateful to the never-ending generosity of Van Cleef & Arpels, and are awe-stricken by the beauty and complexity of these timepieces. The text on the image reads:

His & Hers 2012

It all begins with a classic story: Boy meets girl. A romance is sparked. They share a kiss at midnight on Paris’s Pont des Arts. But fate intervenes, and they are separated. Each night, they send wishes – he upon a star, she upon a kite – that, one day, they will reunite.

This tale of love found and lost inspired the “Poetic Wish” watches from Van Cleef & Arpels. Mini works of art on the outside and exemplary displays of technical watch-making behind the dial, these masterpieces are in need of their own happily ever after.

The lucky buyer will also receive two business-class tickets to Paris and Geneva to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, atelier, and watchmaking workshops. Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 for each His & Hers 2012 gift sold to The Norman Mailer Center, which supports writers who challenge readers’ perspectives on the world around them. For additional information, visit NeimanMarcus.com/FantasyPoeticWish or call 1-877-9NM-GIFT.

Van Cleef & Arpels “Poetic Wish” Watches & Trip starting at $1,090,000

Photos from 2012 Gala Now Posted!

8 Oct

See our new photo gallery for images from the 2012 Gala which took place on Thursday, October 4 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC.

See our special Gala 2012 page for information on the honorees and stay tuned for video clips of the evening, as well as articles on the event!

Thank you for your support!

Announcing the Winners of all 2012 Mailer Writing Awards & Muhammad Ali Writing Award on Ethics

18 Sep

To view the names of all winners, finalists and semifinalists for each of the six awards, clink on this link: List of 2012 Winners, Finalists and Semifinalists.

You can view photos and biographies of all six winners and the judges councils for each award, as well as link to the winning pieces here: http://nmcenter.org/awards_pages/view/7/2012-norman-mailer-center-and-the-ncte-awards.

If you would like to Tweet (@NMCenter) or post about your results on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/normanmailercenter), make sure to tag us!

Thank you for a wonderful awards season this year – we look forward to reading more magnificent pieces next year!

Download and Rate Lawrence Schiller’s New American Decade App!

17 Aug

Lawrence Schiller, President and Co-Founder
of the Norman Mailer Center, has just
released a new iPad application titled
“Marilyn and America in the 60s.”

Lawrence Schiller brings alive an
American decade with a
comprehensive slideshow of his iconic images,
now paired for the first time with newsreel
footage and TV coverage of the events
he witnessed, opening a new window
on the not-so-distant past.

Please take a moment to download the app —
it does not cost one cent, it is completely free —
and rate it, if you feel so inclined.
It can be found under the
“Photo & Video” category.

Click here to see more information!

Also, find us on Facebook and Twitter (@NMCenter)!
Visit our website for other exciting updates!




The Norman Mailer Center Presents Two Book Readings and Discussions with its President Lawrence Schiller

11 Jul

Thursday, August 2nd – Strand Books : 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

New York Times best-selling author, Lawrence Schiller talks about his new book Marilyn and Me.

Join writer, director, photojournalist Lawrence Schiller as he discusses and shows his photos of Marilyn Monroe from his new book Marilyn and Me. Schiller’s book was the cover story of June’s Vanity Fair magazine.

Lawrence Schiller has photographed legends like Robert F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Bette Davis and Paul Newman. This is his eleventh book. His previous collaborations include The Executioner’s Song with Norman Mailer.

Please see the Strand Bookstore’s website for admission information for this event.

The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street in New York City.

Saturday, August 4th – 7 Bayview Road (NOT AVENUE!), Sag Harbor, New York : 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony 

with Jason Epstein and BookHampton 

request the pleasure of your company at the home of David Margolick

(see address above) 





with readings by

Lawrence Schiller (Marilyn & Me)

and J. Michael Lennon (Mailer’s authorized biographer)

reading from the chapter on Monroe from his forthcoming book.

Wine and Hors D’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP required to: rsvp@nmcenter.org or 646 961 3241

An Evening with Paul Theroux

8 Jun

The Provincetown Public Library
and the
Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony Present:

An Evening with Paul Theroux,

joined by special guest Nan Talese

Paul Theroux Photo credit Steve McCurry Studios

Author Paul Theroux, credit Steve McCurry Studios

Saturday, June 30th 2012
Doors open at 5:30 PM, event begins at 6:00 PM

Provincetown Town Hall Auditorium
240 Commercial Street, Provincetown MA 02657

Free to Provincetown Residents, donations will be accepted.
Non-resident admission is $10.
Cash and checks only accepted at the door.

For more information contact Cheryl Napsha at 508-487-7094

Reception at the Mailer House

A private reception will be held at The Norman Mailer home at 627 Commercial Street at 8:00 PM. Guests will have the opportunity to meet
Mr. Theroux and Mrs. Talese and to enjoy cocktails and refreshments.

Reception donation of $125 per person ($100 of which is tax-deductible) is required in advance and can be purchased by calling (646) 374 3924 or (646) 961 3241

Proceeds of the evening will support the Norman Mailer Center’s capital campaign to purchase the historic Mailer House by the end of 2012. The preservation of the home
includes Mailer’s writing studio, and his 4,000-volume personal library
for use by future generations of writers and scholars.

Prize for South Asian Journalists Award Reception 2012

21 May

The Newsweek & The Daily Beast and Open Hands Initiative Prize for South Asian Journalists Award Reception will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Asia Society and Museum in New York City.

The award is being presented on behalf of:

Tina Brown: Newsweek & The Daily Beast
Jay Snyder: Open Hands Initiative
Diliana & Spas Roussev
Lawrence Schiller: The Norman Mailer Center
Tunku Varadarajan: Newsweek International