Past Event

Columbia Selects Alumni Reading: March 2022

March 10, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Join us Thursday, March 10, at 7 pm for our fabulous lineup:


Melissa Castleman '97 has worked as a features editor and a food and travel writer for national magazines. She is a graduate of professional cooking school. She lives in a creaky old house in Connecticut with her professor husband and their twelve-year-old son. She has just finished a dystopian novel, Victoriana, set in a future drastically impacted by climate change and women’s loss of reproductive rights.


Joshua Alan Dick's '16 writing has previously been published in Red Rock ReviewSanta Clara ReviewGhost Town Literary Magazine, and Madison Review. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. He was born and raised in Northern California, and lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, for many years. Currently, he works as a teacher at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls.


Gaby Garcia '19 is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet whose work has appeared in North American ReviewIowa ReviewMichigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is a Ricardo Salinas Scholarship recipient and served as a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where she received her MFA in poetry. She lives in Brooklyn and moonlights as a librarian.  

What is Columbia Selects? Columbia Selects is an alumni reading series hosted by the Columbia MFA Writing Program. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you'll be reading in 2023!