December 15, 2016
January 18, 2017
Over the past couple of weeks School of the Arts students, alumni, faculty, and staff have been busy at work, publishing essays, being translated and, in the case of a few students, receiving nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Read more in our biweekly roundup of work by Columbia Writers.
Jenessa Abrams, current student
Current Writing program student Jenessa Abrams recently published an essay on The Rumpus imagining what it would be like to tell her future children about the election of Donald Trump. “Inside a log cabin, at an artist residency, in Wyoming, is what I’ll tell my children,” she writes, “when they ask where I was when Hillary Rodham Clinton was defeated.”
Current students Lily Blacksell, Matt Gellman, Lucas Gonzales, and alumna Carlie Hoffman
Four members of the Columbia Writing community—current students Lily Blacksell, Matt Gellman, Lucas Gonzales, and alumna Carlie Hoffman—were nominated for the Pushcart Prize by publications in which they published work over the past year. Read the full story on the School of the Arts Web site.
Zinzi Clemmons, alumna
Writing Program alumna Zinzi Clemmons published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the election of Donald Trump, the future of the Democratic party, and her personal experiences with prejudice. “We did not go to bed on November 8th and wake up in a more racist country,” she writes. “It was just one of those moments when racism made itself seen, when it popped up to remind us: I’m still here.”
Affinity Konar ’08; Simon Schama, instructor; and Lara Vapnyar, adjunct faculty
Three members of the Columbia Writing community—Affinity Konar ’08; Simon Schama, a Writing Program instructor who also teaches in the art history and history departments at Columbia; and Lara Vapnyar, a member of the adjunct faculty staff—had their books included in the New York Times’s annual Notable Books list. Read more about their citations on the School of the Arts Web site.
Kalle Oskari Mattila, current student
Current Writing Program student Kalle Oskari Mattila’s Modern Love column in the New York Times, “Catfishing Strangers to Find Myself,” has been translated into Portuguese and Greek.
Gabe Ulla, current student
Current Writing Program student Gabe Ulla published an essay on the Web site of the New Yorker about Versailles, a Cuban restaurant in Miami, and how its owners and patrons responded to the election of Donald Trump, and the more recent news of Fidel Castro’s death. “Versailles, more than providing campaign stops or media sound bites,” he writes, “will be most useful as a place for Cuban-Americans to process their continued sense of displacement—the trauma and complicated pride that stem from having roots in a country that an increasing number of Miamians never experienced firsthand.”
Madeleine Watts, current student
Current Writing Program student Madeleine Watts published an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books on Emily Witt’s Future Sex, a book that examines sexuality and dating in twenty-first-century America. “Our generation is often accused of hanging back in an extended adolescence,” Watts writes, “but that view implies a level of choice that the structural conditions do not, for most of us, allow. It isn’t that we are delaying adulthood, so much as the milestones of adulthood—housing, marriage, and children—have become increasingly cost-prohibitive, if they haven’t drifted entirely out of reach.”