Writing Roundup: April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program alumni, faculty, and students have been busy publishing new work and, in the case of one affiliate, winning an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Read more in our biweekly roundup of news about Columbia writers.

Paul Beatty, Faculty
Writing Program faculty member Paul Beatty was one of three School of the Arts affiliates to win an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.

Ari Braverman, current student
Current student, Ari Braverman’s story “Two Adventures” was shortlisted for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize: “In her fantasy, the project of living turns predatory and meaningful.”

Devyn Defoe, current student
Alumna Devyn Defoe’s story “The Lovers” was also shortlisted for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize: “If you separate the Lovers you don’t end up with two distinct people. Instead you’re left with two halves of a self, incapable of doing much on their own.”

Leah Dworkin, current student
Current student, Leah Dworkin’s story “The Light Sculptor” was published in the online literary magazine Hotel: “After the year wasted on the last one and a few weeks of living in bed, I decided it was time to take it offline. If I was going to meet a strange man at a bar he was going to be all of three things.”

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, current student
Current student Henriquez published an essay, “The Accident No One Talked About,” in the New York Times’s Modern Love column: “I was desperate to reconnect and convinced that the only way to do so was to get as close as I could to the moment when his life split into a before and an after. I needed to talk to someone who knew what Alex knew, who had seen what Alex had seen.”

Leslie Jamison, faculty
Writing Program professor Jamison wrote about the Women’s March for Harper’s and about becoming a stepmother for the New York Times Magazine.

Kyle Kouri, current student
Current student Kyle Kouri’s story “Fuck Donald Trump” was published on the website of Cleaver magazine: “Donald said, ‘Sorry to keep ya waiting folks,’ but his coolness inspired—I hate to say it—the most awful reverence in me, and I could not take my eyes away from the screen.”

Heather Radke, current student
Current student Heather Radke published an essay in The National, the magazine of AmTrak, about fly fishing extraordinaire Joan Wulff. ““When you hook a fish,” she says, “you are then connected to a live creature whose life force you feel in your hand.’”

Claudia Rankine ‘93
Alumna Claudia Rankine was awarded the 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for her bookCitizen: An American Lyric. The prize is bestowed by the Library of Congress.

Alicia Maria Meier ‘15
Alumna and SOA staff member Alicia Maria Meier’s translation of excerpts from Marta Rojals’s We Could Have Studied Less was published by Words Without Borders as part of the publication’s April Catalan issue: “The first day the phone didn’t ring, we thought it was an auditory illusion. We’d done more crunches than usual one morning, and we went to the mirror to inspect, and there: our singular bubble had fractured right before our eyes.”

Her essay to accompany the translation, “Marta Rojals’ ‘The Faithful’ and the American JASP,” can also be found at Words Without Borders’ Dispatches.

Scott Shanahan ‘15
Alumnus Scott Shananan’s translation of Borja Bagunyà’s story “You’ve Likely Never Been to a Party This Big” was also published by Words Without Borders as part of the publication’s April Catalan issue: “No matter how many people you tap on the back, or drag into the corner, I’m all ears, in the end they all tell you the exact same thing: no, they don’t remember when they first arrived, but the place was still empty.” Both Shanahan and Meier were participants in the 2014-2015 Word for Word exchange in Catalan with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Liza St. James, current student
Current student Liza St. James’s story “Take Five Hundred New Nightmares” was published on the website of Tin House as part of the magazine’s Flash Friday series: “This is how to make a piece of hell. The other pieces require assembly, but our part is the least we can do.”

Jessi Stevens, current student
Current student Jessi Stevens reviews Elif Batuman’s novel The Idiot for Guernica: “Selin’s modus operandi is bewilderment. Freshman year is one extended, exegetical quagmire, and she moves through Harvard yard in a state of perpetual surprise, like a social scientist let loose in a Martian land.”