Clarence Coo '10, a School of the Arts Theatre Program alumnus and current Manager of Academic Administration for the Writing Program, has received a Whiting Award, one of the most prestigious awards for emerging writers, for his work as a playwright.
Acting alumni Andrew Garman ’98 takes the stage as the family dog, Mastiff, in the Playwright Realm’s production of Jen Silverman’s The Moors.
We'd like to invite you to the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab’s second annual Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling awards, which will be presented at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 PM.
Deadline reported that The Windfall, the forthcoming debut novel by Writing Program alumna Diksha Basu ’14, has been optioned for television by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content.
The Student Spotlight series aims to highlight the work of current MFA students, asking them to share thoughts on their practice by answering curated and peer-submitted questions. Nicholas Samuel Heskes is a student in the Visual Arts Program.

What themes or subjects are you currently addressing in your work?
Current student, Ari Rodriguez directs Hair this March at The Connelly Theater for his directing thesis.
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Writing Program alumni Gregory Pardlo ‘16 and Karolina Waclawiak ‘10 have been announced as two of the judges of the 2017 National Book Awards. Pardlo, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will judge in the Poetry category alongside poets Nick Flynn, Jane Mead, Richard Siken, and Monica Youn.
Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program alumni, faculty, and current students have been busy publishing new work and, in the case of one alumnus, winning a PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing. Read more in our biweekly roundup of news about Columbia writers.
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