"Of course it’s a contrivance to go back to any beginning and talk about what you thought then, how you felt, why you did as you did. Even what you did. Memory’s distorting jack-hammer makes remembrance, if not a false claim, at least somewhat a pretense. What can I say that’s undeniably true about that two-year period when I went to Columbia for my MFA in creative writing? more
"When I was in my mid-twenties, I suffered the delusion that I might be able to do nothing more with my life than write books, and the School of the Arts Writing Program was a willing enabler in perpetuating this delusion. I have to say that I am very grateful."
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program Professor and Chair Binnie Kirshenbaum's eighth book The Scenic Route was published in May 2009 by Harper Perennial.
The Scenic Route received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and was named a Time magazine Best Book of the Season and chosen for NPR's Critics List of the Five Best Books of summer 2009. more
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program Professor and award-winning biographer Michael Scammell will host a conversation at Columbia University Cafe Arts on Monday, December 6, from 6-7 pm. He will discuss Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon and its relevance today. The event takes place at PicNic Cafe, 2665 Broadway, and entry is $10 (cash only, includes one drink). more
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program Professor Sam Lipsyte's third book The Ask was published in March 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The book received tremendous praise from critics, including raves in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair and TIME, among dozens of others.
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Professor Timothy Donnelly's second book of poetry, The Cloud Corporation, was published in October 2010 by Wave Press.
The book is featured as the Poetry Book of the Month at The Rumpus: "[T]his is a book to be read from beginning to end. more