Columbia University School of the Arts alumna and Writing Program adjunct faculty Karen Russell’s (’06SOA) much-anticipated debut novel, Swamplandia! (Knopf, 2011), was released February 1 to widespread acclaim. more
Columbia University School of the Arts congratulates all the Writing Program students whose work is featured in the 2012 Thesis Anthology.
The Anthology contains excerpts and samples of fiction, nonfiction and poetry written by the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program, Class of 2012. The book's design was conceived and coordinated by Matvei Yankelevich of Ugly Duckling Presse. more
In an interview, Richard Ford was asked how he reconciled the two main voices of his story--that of a 15-year-old boy and the 60-something-year-old same person, looking back on his adolescence. Ford responded by saying that "...occasionally, I want to be able to soar, in essence. I want to be able to talk in the lingo of a 65-year-old man who has lived a full life and who is educated and smart, who has been a teacher and who can articulate things that that 15-year-old boy couldn't articulate." more
Phillip Lopate, head of the Writing Program's Nonfiction concentration, will soon release two books: a guide to nonfiction writing and an essay collection. To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction and Portrait inside My Head: Essays, were both published by Free Press on February 12, 2013.
To Show and Tell, "encourages writers to go beyond the safe, facile, and sentimental," according to Booklist. more
According to Karen Russell's ('06) Featured Guest review on Amazon.com: "On the surface, The Vanishers is about two paranormal scholars with the ability to carry out perplexing psychic attacks on their adversaries, and it is without a doubt a chilling metaphysical mystery. more