Writing Roundup: Week of Jan. 24

January 23, 2018

During and post-Winter Break, Writing Program students, faculty and alumni have been busy publishing new work. Read more in our biweekly roundup.


Hope Ewing '13

Alumna Ewing recently published an essay, “Writing About Alcohol Brought Me Back from the Brink of Addiction,” on LitHub: "I was born, if not an addict, then a facsimile of one. I crave things. It gets intense."


Raffi Wartanian (Current student)

Wartanian's article for the Baltimore Sun was written in response to an episode of hate speech at his former high school. Loyola Blakefield, a Jesuit boys’ private school in Towson, had closed school early after a racist threat was found written on a bathroom stall, the second threat in a week: "As a proud Loyola alumnus, this news was painful and reminded me of a problem I once encountered as a student there."


Taylor Larsen '06 ('02 GS)

Alumnus Larsen wrote about British writer Jenny Diski's sole collection of fiction, The Vanishing Princess, in a piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books: "What makes this collection so special and readable is its versatility. After the heartbreak of the first story, one that seems antiquated and yet timeless, we are plunged into the contemporary urban world of the second story, 'Leaper.'"


Katie Abbondanza '15

Alumna Abbondanza, a writer, server and occasional bartender, wrote an op-ed for Cherry Bombe asking what if diners had a code of conduct. The piece was published in the digital magazine's 86th issue, which focused on harassment in the restaurant industry: "Still, on certain days, as I’m shuttling drinks and weaving my way around guests, it feels like my body is on the line. Even in my jeans and oversized shirt, I feel exposed, unsure who I might encounter and what they might do."


Jane Marchant '17

Alumna Marchant had an essay published in Apogee Journal, titled "The Beginnings," about family secrets: "I could begin by telling you I didn’t know I was black until I was twelve years old. I could begin: A black man knocked on our front door and introduced himself as my mother’s brother."


Zalika Reid-Benta '14

Alumna Reid-Benta’s debut story collection, Frying Plantain, was acquired for publication under the Astoria imprint of House of Anansi Press for spring 2019. The collection is a series of interconnected stories rooted in the Toronto neighbourhood of Eglinton West and Marlee. 


Naima Coster '15

Coster's Halsey Street, a Kirkus-starred book, was just released this month. It's about a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn.


Deborah Paredez (Faculty)

Paredez wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times, "Soldiers in La Guerra," about her father's story of fighting in the Vietnam War, and Latina/o involvement in the war in general: "My father, Gilberto C. Villarreal, came back from Vietnam. And though he attended another high school in the neighborhood, the Edgewood story is in many ways his story — and the story of so many Latino Vietnam veterans."


Daniel Felsenthal '15

Alumnus Felsenthal published an essay on the novels of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini for the Los Angeles Review of Books. The books were written during the 1950s but were not widely read in America: "William Weaver translated both novels into English, yet Pasolini’s fiction is not as widely read in the United States as that of Italo Calvino and Alberto Moravia, his fellow Italians and friends."


Leslie Jamison (Faculty, Nonfiction Concentration Director)

Jamison's article, “I Used to Insist I Didn’t Get Angry. Not Anymore,” was published in the New York Times Magazine: "The phenomenon of female anger has often been turned against itself, the figure of the angry woman reframed as threat — not the one who has been harmed, but the one bent on harming."


Michael Juliani '16

Juliani interviewed his friend and poet David St. John for the Los Angeles Review of Books, comparing him to writer Sam Shepard: "Shepard’s death influenced my reading of St. John’s latest book, The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins), not only for the similarities between the two writers’ origins as Californians, but also for their shared obsession with the fleeting beauty of the American West."


Avia Tadmor (Current student)

Tadmor published two poems, "Girl from Damascus Fire" and "Dirge with Burning City," in Crab Orchard Review Volume 23 No. 1. She also has two poems in the print edition of Fugue Journal Issue 53, which is available for purchase.


Diksha Basu '14

In her essay for the New York Times, alumna Basu relates how her parenting priorities shifted as she left Brooklyn to visit India with her new daughter: "I myself was born in India and had a perfectly safe and sound upbringing here but, in the eternal battle of nature versus nurture, my surroundings in Brooklyn seemed to be affecting me more than my own childhood or my mother’s suggestions that I calm down." 


Mark Bo Chu

The digital media platform Convicts did a profile on Chu called "The Man Who Loves Mess: Writer and Painter Mark Chu": "The writer, painter, and musician is a freakishly articulate native of Melbourne, Australia."


Farnoosh Fathi (Adjunct)

Farnoosh's new poem, “Luxe Chariot w/Bidet (Meals on Wheels)," appears in BOMB: "The grand meal slides off the sob. A tiny fork silvers in the river, in vain, the meal comes into relief on a bed salted green."


Aaron Poochigian '16

Poochigian's poem, "Happy Birthday, Herod," which originally appeared in The New Criterion, will be published in the Best American Poetry Anthology 2018: Like always, who am I to judge? / Indifferent to whatever moral thing / a servant might be carrying.