Columbia Selects: Alumni of the Writing Program

Our lineup this month: Geeta Tewari '17, Richard Quigley '15, and Matt Lally '12.


Geeta Tewari is working on a novel about diversity. Her short stories have been published by Granta, Narrative Magazine, NY Tyrant, and the NYU Center for Experimental Humanities. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Fordham University School of Law, and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the Associate Director & Urban Law Fellow for the Urban Law Center at Fordham, where she directs research and collaboration that focuses on making cities stronger. She is also working on non-fiction about the responsibility of corporations and cities to support women and minority empowerment, which she has been invited to present on this June, at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy.


Richard Quigley is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at the Columbia University School of the Arts. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, B O D Y, Coldfront, Day One, and Phantom, among other print and online publications. He lives in Brooklyn, and is currently working on his first manuscript.


Matt Lally is from New York City and earned a BA in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt, as well as an MFA in fiction from Columbia. He has recently completed his novel, How to Suffer, about the Tour de France. 


What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. 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 2019!


Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke '00 and Emily Austin '10.


Come for the talent. Stay for the camaraderie and cocktails.
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Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: KGB Bar
85 E. 4 St.
New York, NY 10003