Writing Roundup: Week of December 9

December 17, 2018

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing students, faculty and alumni have been busy publishing new work. Read more in our weekly roundup.


Alumnus Kalle Matilla '18 wrote a "Letter of Recommendation" for The New York Times Magazine. In the piece he says, "I believe no one is entirely masculine or feminine. As gendered constructs, clothes can constrict us but also liberate us when it comes to that complexity." Read now.


The Los Angeles Review of Books published a review of Lucia Berlin's Evening in Paradise and Welcome Home, by alumnus Ryan Smernoff '15.


"Repent, Macho Man Randy Savage," a piece by alumnus Jakob Guanzon '17, was published in Split Lip Magazine. From the story, "Randy never apologized after the last fight. The bad one. The one that sent Elizabeth gone for good and moved Macho Man to add an extra six feet to the Compound’s walls. All their bile and pride. Randy knew neither he nor Macho Man deserved her forgiveness, but still."


Faculty member and alumna Sigrid Nunez '75 won the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction for her novel The Friend. NPR Books called it “[A] penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory, what it means to be a writer today, and various forms of love and friendship—including between people and their pets.”


Ghost Of, by alumna Diana Koi Nguyen '12 was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. "It is as if a medieval scholar were transcribing an ancient Latin manuscript, pieces of script are missing, illegible, annulled by time. The scholar writes in the margins Desunt Non Nulla— signifying—Not No Things Are Missing, Nguyen’s voice is both wraithlike and astonishingly frontal; this is one of the most gifted first books I’ve read." - Lucie Brock-Broido


Current student Emily Hunt Kivel had her piece "Genesis" published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn. The story begins, "My mother looks just like her father, and I look exactly like my mother, which in turn means I look exactly like my grandfather, who, I’ll point out, had a dowager’s hump and a wart over his eyebrow and a purple vein like a spider spread across the left half of his face for more than a third of his life." 


Current student Daphne Palasi Andreades published her short story, "Dreaming In Tongues," in Joyland. The story contains a line as relatable as anything can be, "Present tense: I eat dollar pizza."


Current student Raffi Joe Wartanian has a poem appearing in Issue 22: Diaspora of No, Dear Magazine. Purchase the magazine today. 


Bon Appétit Magazine featured a piece by Leah Bhaba '18. Read it online here. "We’ve been cooking out of the November ‘94 issue since it (literally) hit newsstands," Bhaba says of family Thanksgiving tradition.  


Two Hunters, a colletion by alumna Marina Blitshteyn '12, is forthcoming January 2019 from Argos Books and is available for preorder online.


Alumna Samantha Zighelboim '11 had her collection The Fat Sonnets published by Argos Books. The debut collection conducts a radical re-examination of what we mean by body. In these poems, body is noun, verb and adverb; body is dearly beloved and fiercely rejected; it is by turns a singularly beautiful process and a frightening object. It is available to order online.


Alumnus Ian S. Port '16 has his debut book, The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll, forthcoming from Scribner in January 2019. The Birth of Loud is a saga in the history of rock ‘n’ roll covering the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul


Desirée Baptiste '14 wrote a review essay on Martin McDonagh’s new London play, A Very Very Very Dark Matter. "This is a play about race matters by a writer for whom race matters not." Here, Desirée Baptiste's essay unpicks the racist and ableist themes of Martin McDonagh's play.


A piece up on LongReads by Lacy Warner '16 examines the downward turn of actress Dominique Swain’s career. Warner also wrote a review of Glenn Close's latest film, The Wife, which is up on on The Los Angeles Review of Books. Of The Wife, Warner closes with a brief commentary and a line from the lead actress, "We should listen when she spits at Nathaniel, 'Don’t paint me as the victim, I’m much more interesting than that.'"


The paperback for GREEN, debut novel by alumnus and faculty member Sam Graham-Felsen '15, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, just came out. It features extras including a Q&A with Pulitzer-prize winning critic Wesley Morris. The Boston Globe called GREEN “A riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination.”


Michael Juliani '16 interviewed the photographer Matthew Genitempo about his forthcoming book, Jasper. It was published by ZYZZYVA. Juliani begins the interview with an interesting prompt, asking, "I want to talk about the early days when you started pushing to escape the day-to-day and drove around a lot and took pictures by going places that might be unsafe."


The Atlantic published a story by Current Student Kiley Bense on how politics has caused divisions within American families. Bense writes, "The story of America in 2018 is really two stories. For so many events in political life, two unreconcilable accounts unfurl in parallel, and which story you trust seems to say more about your identity than it ever has before." An apt read for our times, we look forward to seeing more from Bense.


"I Don’t Know How to Be a Mother Because I Never Had One" by Meghan Flaherty '13 was published in O Magazine.


A piece by Current Student Maia Ipp titled "Benyamin Reich’s Imagine: Dreams of the Third Generation" was published by Jewish Currents. She says of his work, "Reich’s theatrically staged photographs reveal the histories and mythologies that undergird the relationships so common in today’s Berlin. Costuming the models in these powerful signifiers (the swatstika, the tallis) is both a provocation and a simple representation of what often remains unspoken between the Jews and non-Jewish Germans who today are lovers and friends."


Sasha Von Olderhausen '18 had her piece In a Texas Art Mecca, Humble Adobe Now Carries a High Cost published in The New York Times. The piece covers the housing phenomena at work as Marfa, TX, home to Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, becomes a destination.


Writing and translation alumna Katrine Øgaard Jensen '17 was recently named the winner of the 2018 National Translation Award in Poetry by the American Literary Translators Association for her translation of Third-Millennium Heart from the Danish by poet, Ursula Andkjær Olsen.


Simon Leser '19 won the PEN America Translation Grant for his translation of Of Our Wounded Brothers by Joseph Andras.


"When the Body Can No Longer Run" by Kristina Tate '16 piece  was published in True Proximity Magazine. She begins, "I run. Miles and miles and miles stretch out in front of me like the unraveling of a life. I run. Through woods and parks, along beaches, paths, and asphalt. At first I couldn’t do it alone. Running was too many miles and all that quiet. I enlisted my boyfriend’s help and we ran together."


Kristina Tate also interviewed essayist, Erica Trabold for BOMB Magazine. Trabold speaks of places, saying, "After enough time, even the most meaningful backdrops don’t continue to exist in the way we knew them. Things change, so do we, and so does our perspective."


Sasha Bonet '16 had an interview with Tschabalala Self published in BOMB Magazine. "I say that it looks like a black girl graveyard. Self laughs, soft and veritable. 'Yeah, except I bring them back to life,' she says as she crawls across the floor in knee pads collecting, cutting, and then bonding the pieces to a figure three times her size."


Current student Brianne Baker '19 had a review of Love by Hanne Ørstavik, translated by Martin Aitken, published in Entropy Magazine.


Faculty member Lincoln Michel has a short story out in the winter issue of The Paris Review. Purchase online today. 


Current Student Orla Tinsley was awarded The President’s Medal at the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) for her health campaigning to improve services for people with cystic fibrosis.


In the Weeds, debut novel by Daniel Browne '03, is out from Garrett County Press. In the Weeds is a story of politicians and bureaucrats, hipsters and celebrity chefs, venture philanthropists and charter school teachers, gentrifying artists and neighborhood activists—all colliding in a hilariously human mess.


Daniel Felsenthal '15 reviewed for Hyperallergic the new survey of work by the artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, which is at Howl! Happening until December 19. You can read Daniel’s review at Hyperallergic. He says of the exhibit, "Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s glittery assemblages point toward both his working-class Catholic upbringing in New Jersey and New York tenement life." On view now. 


Brian Wiora '19 had his poem “Horse Poem” published in Gulf Stream Magazine.


Faculty member Shane McCrae appeared in The New York Times Style Magazine issue, as well as in this winter's issue of The Paris Review.


Faculty member Leslie Jamison's nonfiction appears in this winter's issue of The Paris Review.