Columbia Selects: MFA Readings at the KGB Bar

Join us Thursday, December 6, at 7 pm, for another spectacular reading with Columbia Selects! Selected by the Columbia Writing Program, our readers are sure to enchant and amaze.

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.


Our lineup this month:


Kim White '04 is a writer, sculptor, and digital product manager based in New York. She received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, and was on her way to an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art before dropping out to sculpt colossal stainless-steel hearts and balloon dogs for Jeff Koons. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at Hunter College, a Bingham Writing Fellowship from Columbia University, and a Forbes Foundation Grant. Her work has appeared in: NANO Fiction, Chain, and Columbia, and is anthologized in Short. She is author of, Scratching for Something, a collection of prose poems. Kim is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel. The novel, set in a world hijacked by cyborg technology, explores a secret society that protects mythical beasts and human anomalies, and what it means to be human in a world that's losing its humanity.


Katie Mayfield '17 recently completed her in MFA in fiction at Columbia University. Her work has been published in No Tokens and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center, The New York Summer Writers Workshop, Rufus Stone, and Gullkistan. She is at work on The Reenactors, a novel in which it becomes popular for families to hire actors to impersonate their dead loved ones. Katie is a current Emerging Writers Fellow at The Center for Fiction, and lives in Queens with her wife and tortoiseshell cat.


Jesse Sposato '17 is a journalist, essayist, and editor living in Brooklyn. She is currently working on a grief memoir and a collection of essays about coming of age in the suburbs. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine’s Bedford + Bowery, Refinery29, Broadly, KQED Pop, The Rumpus, HuffPostWilder Quarterly, DameBullett and Vice, among many others. 


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 2020!


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