Writing Roundup: Week February 24, 2019

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, February 24, 2019

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


Current student Emily Weitzman’s short story Cork was published in Brooklyn Vol. 1. The piece begins, “The Long Valley Pub is the kind of typical, cozy, dimly lit Irish establishment that perpetually smells of Guinness. I climb up a tight stairwell to the tucked away bar that hosts Cork’s weekly poetry open-mic on my first evening in the city. I came to Ireland to escape—from what, I’m not so sure.” 


Current writing student Nell Schwed published a short story, titled Ugly Baby, in St. Ann’s Review


Adjunct professor Deborah Paredez’s poem, Walls and Mirrors won 3rd Place in Split This Rock’s 2019 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest.


Sarah Rosenthal, current nonfiction student, published an essay about the cartoonist, comic book theorist, and bestselling author Scott McCloud in Lithub. She begins, "The question of who we follow on social media is not only a question of who offers the pithiest tweets or the prettiest Instagram photos, but who creates the best digital story with their posts."


Alexandra Watson '15 received the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing for her high literary stewardship as the editor of Apogee, a journal of literature and art, foregrounding writers of color and engaging with issues of race, gender, and class, including Apogee‘s “Alternate Canon” series. The PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing is awarded to a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, throughout his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits.


They Come in All Colors, a debut novel by alumnus Malcolm Hansen '14, was awarded the 2019 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Hansen was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award Wednesday.


Second-year student Zoe Valery published a piece about “the last paleontologist in Venezuela” in LongReads. The synopsis reads, “In light of recent events in crisis-ridden Venezuela, its last vertebrate paleontologist puts together key pieces of the baffling puzzle that the country has become in the past couple of decades." 


Adjunct professor and alumna Lynn Strong published a piece with The Paris Review titled She Was Sort of Crazy: On Women Artists


Alumna Jessica Hindman '09 was interviewed by Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition about her book, Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir, released February 12, 2019 from W.W. Norton.


Current student, Francisco González was named a Glimmer Train finalist for his piece Increments of DustGlimmer Train is a “no-frills, topic-centered quarterly supports writers who are serious about creating meaningful literary fiction.”


Leah Dworkin had a poem published by Queen Mob's Teahouse


Karen Moulding’s novel, The Naked Shopper, has been selected First Runner Up by Red Hen Press in the 2018 Quill Prose Award. An excerpt was also published by The Capra Review in January 2019 and can be seen here.