Writing Roundup: Week of June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

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


Phillip Lopate (Faculty)

Lopate’s book, To Show and To Tell, was included in “One of the Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets and Writing Professors,” which ran in The Strategist: “In this concise, opinionated guide, he delves deep into the concepts that make personal nonfiction work — envisioning oneself as a character, thinking aloud rather than just narrating events, and much more.”


Leah Bhabha '18

Bhabha had a tribute to Anthony Bourdain, "10 Chefs on the Incredible Impact of Anthony Bourdain," published in Vogue: "Whether he was consuming cobra in Vietnam, receiving a tattoo in Borneo, or railing against TV chefs, Anthony Bourdain was a singular person who will be sorely missed."


Tanya Paperny ’11

Alumna Paperny’s poem, “Prababushka,” was chosen as “Poem of the Week” by Split This Rock, a poetry outlet based out of Washington, D.C.: “click on a live stream / of a memorial event / to commemorate victims / of Soviet terror.” Paperny will also perform the poem live June 17 in Washington at Busboys and Poets.


Aaron Garretson '11

Alumnus Garretson won first prize in the San Diego Public Library’s inaugural short story contest. Garretson was honored for his story, Abbott’s Pursuit, about a retired theater-set designer.


Lincoln Michel '09, Sasha Fletcher '12, Adrian Van Young '10 and Paul La Farge (Faculty)

Alumnus and editor-in-chief of Electric Literature online Michel co-edited the anthology, Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, which includes pieces by faculty member Paul La Farge and alumni Sasha Fletcher and Adrian Van Young.


Kristen Martin '16

Alumna Martin had a personal essay, “Mourning My Mother Through the Bags She Left Behind,” published in The Cut: “My mom had carried Coach for as long as I could remember. She would complete an outfit of an oversize Liz Claiborne button-down tucked into high-waisted jeans with the soft leather of a Coach bag slung over her shoulder.”


Lauren Wilkinson '13

Wilkinson's book, American Spy, is forthcoming from Random House in February 2019.


Ari Braverman

Alumna Braverman sold her debut novel, The Ballad of Big Feeling, to Melville House. It is scheduled to be published in summer 2019.


Karen Havelin ’13

Alumna Havelin's anticipated novel, Please Read This Leaflet Carefully, has been sold in three countries. The book follows Laura Fjellstad in her struggles to live a normal life despite being diagnosed with severe endometriosis.


Michael Juliani

Alumnus Juliani interviewed the poet Lisa Wells for Guernica: "Wells shies away neither from the bitterness of bewilderment nor the sorrow of reaching beyond one’s own invulnerability."


Meghan Flaherty

Alumna Flaherty’s memoir, Tango Lessons, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has been named one of the Most Anticipated Titles of 2018 by The Rumpus: “Written in wry, lyrical prose, and beautifully enriched by the vivid history and culture of the dance, Tango Lessons is a transformative story of conquering your fears, living your dreams, and enjoying the dizzying freedom found in the closest embrace.”

Daniel Penny ’16

Alumnus Penny wrote an article, "How Much Should the Met Cost You?" for The Paris Review, about the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new practice of charging admission for out-of-towners: "Equitable Met argues that the museum must make the financial position of its guests more explicit in order to more fairly serve them all."

Nina Sharma ’16

Alumna Sharma’s essay, "Going Indian All The Way," was featured in Electric Literature: "We are not forbidden from writing across the color line. Doing so can, at its best, be a radical act of empathy."


Mary South ’14

Alumna South will publish with Farrar, Straus and Giroux a collection of stories, You Will Never Be Forgotten, featuring characters who use tech to escape their uncontrollable feelings of grief or rage or despair.


Madeline Stevens ’12

Alumna Stevens, a former nanny, will publish her debut novel with Ecco titled Small Night. The book follows a 26-year-old woman who becomes a nanny for a wealthy Upper East Side couple and develops unhealthy bonds with the parents.