Columbia Selects: MFA Readings at the KGB Bar

Join us Thursday, February 7, 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:


essays and criticism by Jaime Green '15 have appeared in Slate, BuzzFeed, Brooklyn Magazine, The Cut, Backstage,, and elsewhere, and she's written about astronomy and astrophysics for Popular Science, Astrobites, and The Planetary Society. She is the series editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing and the romance columnist for The New York Times Book Review. Her first book, about how we imagine alien life in science and science fiction, is forthcoming from Hanover Square Press.


Christopher Blackman '16 is a poet and educator from Columbus, Ohio. He received his MFA in poetry from Columbia University and his poems have been published in the Atlas Review, Typo Magazine, EuropeNow, Muse/A Journal, and Cleaver Magazine. He is currently at work on a poetry manuscript entitled Everything Is Secretly Perfect. He has been an instructor at the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, and currently lives in New York.


Isabella DeSendi '17 is a Cuban-Italian poet living in New York City. In the past year, she completed her MFA in poetry at Columbia University and was selected as a finalist for both the 2017 June Jordan Fellowship and Narrative Magazine’s Annual Poetry Prize. Isabella currently works in finance and has been published in Small Orange, Two Peach, The Ekphrastic Review, and The Grief Diaries.


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