Writing Roundup: Week of Feb. 7, 2018

February 6, 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.


Jon-Marc McDonald (Current Student)

McDonald’s new play, Relatively Conscious, which centers around the murder of James Byrd Jr by white supremacists in 1998, premiered at the New York Theater Festival February 6, and will have other shows on February 10.


Daniel Penny '16

Alumnus Penny’s essay for the Paris Review, “How Much for That Pepe? Scenes from the First Rare Digital Art Auction,” explores how blockchain technology could reshape the digital-art market: “An artist creates a limited-edition crypto collectible—the digital equivalent of a signed print—and exchanges it with a buyer for some cryptocurrency.”


Daniel Felsenthal '15

Alumnus Felsenthal’s essay, “In Youth Is Suffering: Denton Welch and the Literature of Convalescence,” was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books: “In real life, Welch haunted antique stores and junk sales; his narrators pride themselves on finding beautiful objects among other people’s garbage.”


Mina Hamedi ’17

Alumna Hamedi’s essay, “Experiments,” was published in Apogee Journal: “My father used to wear a necklace with the word ‘Allah’ on it for protection.”


Avia Tadmor (Current Student)

Two poems by current UWP instructor Tadmor are due to come out this month in Apogee Journal Issue 10, which can be purchased here.


K.B. Thors '14

A debut collection of poems by Alumna K.B. Thors (formerly known as K.T. Billey) is being translated into the Spanish by Soledad Marambio. Five poems were recently published by Jámpster in Chile.


Lily Blacksell ’17

Alumna Blacksell published a poem in Oxford Brookes University, “Brook,” which can be read and listened to on the university’s Poetry Centre website.


Christopher Janigian '17

Alumnus Janigian had two poems published in the Boston Review, “Everyone is Happy at the Ritual” and “My Friend the Grasscutter.” From the latter poem: “Don’t forget / the damping pressure that built / the grass, his diaphragm, water, rubber / in his hair.”


Joni Marie Iraci '17

Alumna Iraci's short story, "Distractions," was published for the second time in Beneath the Rainbow: "The noble claims of practicing medicine over the years had dissolved into the day-to-day anguish of helplessness. Maybe I should have known that oncology would take a part of my soul."


Matthew Gellman (Current Student)

Gellman's poem “Sister, Far Ahead” was published by Poetry Northwest: "Would you teach me / how to roll my pants, how to paint / my nails. Would our father know you."


Brandon Kreitler '11

Alumnus Kreitler had three poems published in the most recent issue of DIAGRAM, "My child," "Apology for Poetry," and "The Courier." His poem "Dress Rehearsal" has selected by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Library of Congress Poetry 180 program: "Every summer they drain the reservoir and I am always astonished to find so many shopping carts in its sloping crater."


Tenzin Dickyi '14

Alumnus Dickyi’s collection, Old Demons, New Deities, twenty-one short stories from Tibet, has just been translated into the Dutch.


Carla Stockton '16 ('73 GS)

Alumna Stockton's interview in Guernica features a roundtable conversation with playwrights Jocelyn Bioh '08 (School Girls), David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Soft Power), JT Rogers (Oslo), and Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, Building the Wall), as well as directors Rachel Dart (Trojan Women) and Rebecca Taichman (Indecent, School Girls): "Theater can be a temple, where politics and civic values are preached, where action on the stage of even the most banal show can incite a fervor in the house."


Jenessa Abrams '17

Alumna Abrams' “The Performance" was published in TriQuarterly: "Marlene wonders whether her experience will be more special or less special than the experiences of the manicured women and the neatly rugged men standing behind and in front of her." She was also recently featured as one of the Writers Of The Week at Maudlin House.