Writing Roundup: Week of October 28

November 1, 2018

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


Katrin Redfern '19 is a producer for the exhibit Hadza: The Roots of Equality.


Award-winning documentarians and academics Jon Cox, Katrin Redfern, and Andew Stern have produced a multimedia exhibition documenting the Hadza tribe of Tanzania. The exhibit will present Hadza daily life, culture, and knowledge through photography, an immersive soundscape, text and artifacts – including a traditional Hadza grass hut. All proceeds raised from prints and book sales will go to the Dorobo Fund to secure land rights for the Hadza.


Brian Wiora '19 had his poem "After Tryst" published in The Esthetic Apostle


“Wherever you are / you are reading / your palms off of mirrors…”

Jenessa Abrams '17 wrote the essay “Naked in Japan,” published in The Rumpus.


"In the Japanese bathhouse, women lifted their shirts above their heads the instant they passed behind the feminine-pink fabric curtain. They were naked before the curtain fully flapped back into place. I was surrounded with bodies. At first, I looked at all of them. I studied them. I tried to hide my gaze, but my eyes are massive and I doubt I got away with it. Thin bodies, thick bodies, fit bodies, round bodies. I’d never seen so much flesh. It was terrifying and exhilarating..."


Abrams' short story “Explain It To Me” was published in Carve Magazine and was the 2nd place winner of the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, as a Finalist in Narrative Magazine's 30 Below Contest.


Current student Charlee Dyroff's piece “When a Scar Is a Choice” was published in Guernica.


“A scar is an honorable notion. The skin rebuilds with quiet determination, slowly weaving itself back together, willing itself to grow, forcing itself to fill a gap that was left there. The body doesn’t give up on itself.” 


Daniel Felsenthal '15 wrote an essay about Dennis Cooper, his new film, and being an MFA student in New York City for The Los Angeles Review of Books.


“I read Dennis Cooper for the first time when I was a 23-year-old student in an MFA program. No professor assigned him to me. Cooper’s language is blunt, often sounding as though spoken through a veil of intoxicants, and his tales of insecure gay teenagers and the men who castrate, murder, disembowel, and cannibalize them would have been a hard pitch to those who had come to grad school to learn how to sell their manuscripts...”


Felsenthal also reviewed Frederick Wiseman's new documentary for Hyperallergic.


“All documentaries are propaganda. After all, documentaries and propaganda were enmeshed at least as far back as the Russian Revolution…’’