Writing Roundup: March 27, 2017

March 29, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program alumni, faculty, students, and staff have been busy publishing new work and, in the case of one affiliate, winning a 2017 Whiting Award. Read more in our biweekly roundup of news about Columbia writers.

Ari Braverman ‘16
Writing Program alumna Ari Braverman has a story, “Some Perspective,” on the website of Spurl Editions: “The jet arcs over the plains, carrying the woman toward her family obligation. The closer she gets to her native geography the more raw and receptive she becomes.”

Clarence Coo ‘10
Clarence Coo, a School of the Arts Theatre Program alumnus and current Manager of Academic Administration for the Writing Program, has received a Whiting Award, one of the most prestigious awards for emerging writers, for his work as a playwright.

Angela Flournoy, adjunct
As part of a New York Times Magazine feature called “25 Songs that Tell Us Where Music is Going,” Writing Program adjunct Angela Flournoy writes about the song “F.U.B.U” by Solange Knowles. “In ‘F.U.B.U.’ Knowles doesn’t just eschew the white gaze for the sake of creating her art; she performs that rejection in song, to pull her black listeners close.”

Paul LaFarge, adjunct
LaFarge, an adjunct in the Writing Program, writes about the relationship between H.P. Lovecraft and fan, Robert Barlow, on the website of the New Yorker. The friendship, he writes, “changed the course of Barlow’s life, and Lovecraft’s, too—though almost no one who reads Lovecraft these days knows anything about it. Who keeps track of the lives of fans?”

Sam Lipsyte, faculty
Writing Program professor Sam Lipsyte interviews George Saunders on the website of BOMB magazine about the latter’s new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Of Saunders Lipsyte writes, “He's the kind, curious, witty, thoughtful, and open-hearted man you might expect from his writing. Which is not to say he can't be viciously funny when the moment calls for it.”

Deborah Paredez, faculty
Associate Professor of Poetry Deborah Paredez’s poem, “Change of Address,” was featured by the Academy of American Poets as its Poem-of-the-Day: “Rate your pain the physical / therapist / instructs and I am trying / not to do what they say / women do lowballing the number / trying hard not to try so hard.”

Trenton Pollard, student
Current Writing Program student Trenton Pollard published two poems, “For the Wounded” and “Elegy,” withTinderbox Poetry Journal.

Darcey Steinke, adjunct
Steinke, an adjunct assistant professor in the Writing Program, published an essay on Literary Hub about learning to love rock and roll: “Though I am also painfully aware of my limitations as a listener and a musician, I am mostly grateful,” she writes. “Grateful that where there was once an absence, a desert, there is now a lush reservoir of abundant life.”