Writing Roundup

November 28, 2016

November 28, 2016

Over the past couple of weeks School of the Arts students, alumni, faculty, and staff have been busy at work, publishing stories, translations, and books and giving interviews. Read more in our biweekly roundup of work by Columbia Writers.

Susan Bernofsky, associate professor and director of Literary Translation at Columbia
An excerpt of Susan Bernofsky’s translation of Yoko Tawada’s German-language novel Memoirs of a Polar Bear was published on the website of the Council for European Studies. “He turned his head away,” it begins, “but the nipple came with it as if glued to his mouth.”

Nick Neely, ’14
Writing Program alumnus Nick Neely has published a new book of essays, Coast Range: A Collection from the Pacific Edge, with Counterpoint Press. In its laudatory review of the book, Kirkus Reviews said, “Death and human intervention into natural systems—with its usual mixed results—are central to these essays,” and “Neely capably explores the complexity of his subjects with polish and finesse.”

Nicola Maye Goldberg, current student
Current writing program student Nicola Maye Goldberg has published her debut novel, Other Women, with Witch Craft Magazine. Author Sara Stutterlin said of Goldberg, “She weaves careful intimacies within her story telling and paints true and sometimes painful portraits of greenness and womanhood.”

Hari Kunzru, adjunct professor
Kunzru, an adjunct professor in the Writing Program, recently talked with Slavoj Žižek about the philosopher’s new book, Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail, in a talk at the Brooklyn Public Library that’s now on YouTube.

Rebecca Godfrey, adjunct professor
Godfrey, an adjunct professor in the Writing Program, recently talked with us about her multidisciplinary exhibit, Girls in Trees, which revolved around the concepts of girlhood and nature. “We have a very well known, familiar cultural history and imagery of the boy adventurer, from Huck Finn on,” she said, “but the images of girls as adventurers, as figures in a rough landscape, are less common. So I wanted to present more of those moments.”

Dinaw Mengestu, ’05
Writing program alumnus Dinaw Mengestu’s novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was included in Literary Hub’s list of recommended novels about the immigrant experience in America. The LitHub writer, Emily Temple, said of the book, “This is a novel that thinks deeply and subtly about displacement, belonging, and friendship in a complicated and complicating America.”

Kalle Oskari Mattila, Current Student
Current writing program student Kalle Oskari Mattila published an article with The New York Times. Catfishing Strangers to Find Myself appeared in the Thanksgiving print edition of the newspaper as well as online.