Writing Roundup: Week of March of March 10, 2019

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, March 10, 2019

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


Raffi Joe Wartanian, a second year nonfiction student, published his first essay, which deals with family and lineage, with The New York Times. In it he says, "My immigrant father thought adopting an American name was a prudent measure to avoid mispronunciations. To me it felt like admitting defeat." Read it here.


Alumna Georgette Culucundis Mallory '17 published a Metropolitan Diary Clip about the saga that is alternate side parking in New York City in The New York Times.


Alumnus Matthew Gellman '18 has five poems up at The Adirondack Review. In 'Brother with Music' he writes, "The garden was slow under clouds / when the men delivered your piano, / muscled into the red living room / we didn’t use for living." Read all five poems here.


Alumna Jessi Stevens '17 published a story in The Paris Review. The piece begins elegantly, "For our honeymoon we went to Tuscany. This got a big sigh from me. I love my job, this city, my life. At home, in our apartment, the kitchen tiles are a deep maroon, a chessboard for girls."


Grammy nominated nonfiction alumna Amanda Petrusich '03 gave an interview to The Rumpus. “I talk about this a lot with my students at NYU where I teach criticism, this sort of idea of what is the critic’s job? What is your responsibility to your readers? What is your responsibility to citizens in the world?”


Faculty member Ira Silverberg published a piece with Vulture on Frederic Tuten’s memoir My Young Life. "My Young Life, which I acquired when I was an editor at Simon & Schuster, is a love song to a lost New York. Tuten and I grew up in the same neighborhood, though 25 years apart. Time, however, stands still when you’re from the Bronx. You’re always farther away from the achingly hip scenes in 'the city,' as we called Manhattan, than anyone — and it’s not just the miles, it’s the psychic distance that enforces how long and hard of a journey it will be to get where you belong."