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'Anonymity Is Life,' by Sola Saar ’19, Named a Finalist for The Fitzcarraldo Novel Prize

Anonymity Is Life, by alumna Sola Saar ’19, is among the finalists for The Novel Prize from Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo and New Directions.

Film Student Minkyu Kang recently won a DGA Student Film Award for his short, Children of Light

Thirst for Salt, a debut novel from Adjunct Associate Professor Madelaine Lucas ’19, is forthcoming from Tin House in March of this year. 

After a marathon year in which she put up three new pieces of work, Nottage's contributions to the world of theatre—especially in the midst of challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic—are being recognized as not only an incredible feat, but also a labor of love. 

Arya, a short film by alumna Federica Belletti’16, has been awarded the BAFTA-Yugo Short Film Commissioning Grant. 

Four Way Books is set to publish If Some God Shakes Your House by Writing alumna Jennifer Franklin '96 in March.

The Fabelmans, co-written by alumnus Tony Kushner (CC '78) and director Steven Spielberg, was one of the winners at last night’s Golden Globe Awards

Since 2019, Visual Arts alumna Yujin Lee ’15 has facilitated an independent artist residency called Next Door to the Museum Jeju (ND to the M), on Jeju Island, South Korea. This year, Lee invited Professor of Professional Practice Rirkrit Tiravanija to participate as a resident artist ahead of the Jeju Biennale.

Alumnus Charles Browning ’06 will be taking over the role of Avery in the Broadway production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson beginning January 17. 

Here, we talk with Visual Arts Lecturer João Pina about his career as a photographer, his new project, Tarrafal, and why failure is essential to learning.

We talked about the adaptation of classical theatre texts and the importance of community engagement with Directing alumnus and Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Carl Cofield ’14.

Fuccboi, a debut novel from Sean Thor Conroe ’21, is now out in paperback from Back Bay Books.

Malpelo, a feature film by Film alumna Victoria Rivera '20, was selected to participate in the 2022 Spanish Script Revision Lab hosted by Cine Qua Non.

The Sense of Wonder, the latest novel by Assistant Professor Matthew Salesses, is out now from Little, Brown.

Alumni Matthew Gellman ’18,Cyrée Jarelle Johnson ’19, andE. J. Koh ’13 were named among the 2023 Creative Writing Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts.

January 18, 2023

Board of Trustees elects leading economist and current president of the London School of Economics and Political Science to succeed Lee C. Bollinger.

Dramaturgy alumnaAnne Hamilton ’94 co-authored Dramaturgy: The Basics with Walter Byongsok Chon.

Second-year Film student Alex Bateman has been awarded the American Australian Association Arts Grant, which provides financial assistance, mentorship, and a global network of fellow artists. 

Over the course of 2023, three Visual Arts alumni will partake in the prestigious month-long Fountainhead Residency.

This March, Lone Women, the newest novel by Associate Professor Victor LaValle ’98, will be released from One World. 

Come Here (2021), a film by Assistant Professor Anocha Suwichakornpong ’06, will be screened at the e-flux Screening Room in Brooklyn, New York on January 26, 2023, at 7pm ET.

Visual Artist Assistant ProfessorAdama Delphine Fawundu ’18 is featured in multiple shows this year, from the Bamako Encounters—African Biennale of Photography in Mali and a group exhibition in the Goodman Gallery in Capetown/Johannesburg, South Africa, to a show in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This year’s Joe A. Callaway Award for directing has been awarded to alumnus Saheem Ali ’07 for his work on James Ijames’ Fat Ham

Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Hahn Rowe has taken up residence in The Lantern at the Lenfest Center for the Arts and is building a unique performance that is the culmination of the musical tools and processes he has spent his career building. The latest in Columbia’s To Transform series of public programs, the work—titled Something about the weather—will premiere on January 31, 2023, and February 1, 2023.


Adjunct Professor of Visual ArtsShirly Bahar has been awarded a Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellowship to be carried out at the University of Michigan.

Acting alumna Jensen Austria Olaya ’12 voices Jade’s mother, Gram Gram, and friend Lucy in the new animated TV series Jade Armor.

Public Obscenities, a new play written and directed by Directing alumnus Shayok Misha Chowdhury ’16, will begin performances on February 15, 2023 at Soho Rep.

Cove, a third book of poetry by alumnus James Brasfield ’79, is out now from Louisiana State University Press. 


PEN America has announced the longlist for their 2023 Literary Awards, naming three Columbia authors in the fields of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.

Fall 2022 Adjunct Assistant Professor Lloyd Suh has won a 2022-2023 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for The Far Country.

Several Columbia filmmakers took home awards when the winners at Sundance 2023 were announced this past weekend. 

Mian’s art practice is equal parts ritual and performance, plan and chance.

2nd Chance, a feature documentary film by Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani, will be available to stream on Showtime after a successful theatrical run this winter.

Assistant Professor of Film, Anocha Suwichakornpong, recently contributed to a new book published by Firefly Press, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Writing on Burning Paper.

Dramaturgy alumna Arminda Thomas ’96 joins the creative team for Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Professor Jamal Josephserves as an executive producer on Dear Mama, a new docuseries from FX.

Joyland, the stunning award-winning feature from Saim Sadiq '09, has partnered with Oscilloscope for the film’s US distribution.

Directing alumnus Shayok Misha Chowdhury ’16 was awarded the 2022 Mark O’Donnell Prize in December.

Film student Anika Benkov was named a Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize Honorable Mention for their original feature screenplay, When it Thaws.

Anonymity Is Life, by alumna Sola Saar ’19, is among the finalists for The Novel Prize from Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo and New Directions.

Chasing Bright Medusas, a new biography from Adjunct Associate Professor Benjamin Taylor, is coming next October–and that’s not all. Soon after, Taylor’s work will hit Broadway.

The nominations for the 2023 Writers Guild Awards have been announced, and several projects from Columbia filmmakers are among the honorees.

Four Columbia authors are among the finalists for the The National Book Critics Circle’s annual awards honoring the best books of the year. 

Both The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land by Adjunct Assistant Professor Omer Friedlanderand The Memory Monster, written by Yishai Sarid and translated from the Hebrew by alumna Yardenne Greenspan '12, are among the seven titles on the shortlist for the 2022/23 Wingate Literary Prize. 

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