Writing Alumna Tiffany Troy '22 Unveils Debut Poetry Book ‘Dominus’

Carlos Barragán
August 25, 2023

Poetry alumna Tiffany Troy ’22 has published Dominus (BlazeVOX, 2023), her first full-length poetry collection. Dominus was conceived and compiled during Troy's time as a student at Columbia.

Troy credits much of her inspiration to the faculty guidance at the School of the Arts. “I was really lucky to be able to delve into a post-confessional bildungsroman with Associate Professor Dorothea Lasky, who helped me with the book's title, the cover color theme, and with seeing how the poems cohered thematically and structurally,” Troy said. “I am really inspired to go beyond my personal experiences with the Witness, Record, and Experiment class taught by Associate Professor [and Chair of the Writing Program] Deborah Paredez, and to develop my own voice with the Special Project Workshop taught by [Adjunct Assistant Professor] Thom Donovan. This is the best year of my life, and I feel beyond privileged to celebrate this moment with program assistant Dorla McIntosh, who has spearheaded the Undergraduate Creative Writing for the past many years, and my friends Mitchell Glazier '20 and Emma O'Leary '20, each actively involved in the Columbia writing community.”

Troy hopes that readers will find in Dominus “the extraordinary kind of light” that she saw in the kindness of Professor Timothy Donnelly. “Dominus is as insistent on justice as it is baffled by its own hope, and its indomitable, distinctive voice has a power unlike that of any debut collection I’ve ever read, or of any book in recent memory,” Donnelly said.

Tiffany Troy is a critic, translator, and poet. She is the author of the chapbook When Ilium Burns (Bottlecap Press), as well as co-translator of Santiago Acosta’s The Coming Desert / El próximo desierto (Alliteration Publishing House), in collaboration with Acosta and the 4W International Women Collective Translation Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her literary criticism, translation, and creative writing are published in The Adroit Journal, BOMB Magazine, The Cortland Review, EcoTheo Review, Hong Kong Review of Books, Latin American Literature Today, The Laurel Review, The Los Angeles Review, Matter, New World Writing, Rain Taxi, and Tupelo Quarterly, where she is Managing Editor.