Writing Roundup: Week of April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program Students, Faculty and Alumni have been busy publishing new work. Read more in our biweekly roundup.​


Madelaine Lucas (Current Student)

Lucas penned a love letter to deceased playwright, screenwriter and actor Sam Shepard in her essay for LitHub, "We’ll Always Have Paris: My Time in Texas with Sam Shepard’s Notebooks": "There is a surprising sense of intimacy in handling someone’s personal papers and for me, it was not so much to do with the private nature of the documents but physical, tactile experience of holding this evidence in my hands." Lucas also interviewed musician Amen Dunes for The Believer.


Matthew Di Paoli '08

As the winner of a recent short story contest, Alumnus Di Paoli had short fiction published in 2 Elizabeths, a community-focused literary magazine. From his story, "A Bad Year": "It was a bad year, and I’d decided to close my eyes for the whole of it. One year of blindness could erase everything I’d seen. I would forget color." Di Paoli also recently visited Japan, researching his next book, as winner of the 2017 Best Unpublished Manuscript Prize from the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation.


Sasha von Oldershausen (Current Student)

In her essay for The Paris Review Daily, "Franny and Zooey in Iran," von Olderhausen writes about how an Iranian director evaded copyright laws on famed recluse J.D. Salinger's work: "But were it not for the lack of copyright relations between the United States and Iran, this oblique dialogue between two major artists from seemingly disparate cultures would not exist at all."


Yvonne Kendall '14

Alumna Kendall has a piece published by Early Music America, "Reflections on My Debut with Music City Baroque," as part of Early Music Month: "In cramped, rather dark college practice rooms in the basement beneath Clement Auditorium in verdant middle Tennessee, I came to love G.P. Telemann."


Anastasios Karnazes (Current Student)

Karnazes pubished a poem, "Wrong Type of Birthday Party," in The Iowa Review: This to birthday / Was supposed party / Party where cake / Lots of ate sprinkles.


Maximiliane Donicht '16

Alumna Donicht’s first chapbook, Bees of the Invisible, is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press, which is publishing the chapbook this summer. Author Jeffrey Greene calls the book of poems "remarkable," and says that it "aptly captures Maximiliane Donicht’s method of binding natural observation to a mystic form of consciousness."


Kristen Martin '16

Alumna Martin published a profile of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Alumnus Gregory Pardlo '16 in LitHub before the release of his new memoir, Air Traffic. From the profile, "Gregory Pardlo on form, his father, and not writing a book about race": "It was at Columbia, where we were classmates, that Pardlo began leaning towards essay writing. We met in January at his brownstone in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, to talk about how Air Traffic developed over the course of his time in the MFA and beyond."


Elizabeth Clark Wessel '12

A book by Johannes Heldén, Astroecologytranslated from the Swedish by Clark Wessel, Kirkwood Adams and Johannes Heldén (Argos Books), has been longlisted for the 2018 Best Translated Book Award.


Leah Dworkin '17

Alumna Dworkin's story, "Tuesday at Six?" was published in Issue 4 of Hotel, which is available for purchase.


Evan Gorzeman (Current Student)

Gorzeman won the Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship. His winning entry, Useful, Like a Two Dollar Bill, was selected "due to its excellent imagery and compelling character development straight out the gate," according to the scholarship's blog.


Michael Juliani '16

Juliani's poem, "My Father Says: Say that My Son is a Bigger Man," appears in Issue 41: Spring 2018 of Washington Square Review.



Katrine Øgaard Jensen '17

Third-Millennium Heart, a book of poetry by Ursula Andkjaer Olsen, was translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen (Denmark, Broken Dimanche Press) and has been longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.