Writing Roundup: Week of July 17
July 19, 2017
Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program alumni and students have been busy publishing new work. Read more in our biweekly roundup of news about Columbia writers.
Current student Asim recently published two essays, “I Am Not a Fish Dating a Bird” and “Are These Warriors Less Manly?”, on the website of The Baffler. In the former, he writes, “Isn’t the concept of ‘race mixing’ itself a tool of white supremacy? All relationships involve the joining of heterogeneous parties. Is there a socially redeeming purpose to marking racial heterogeneity with an asterisk?”
Vogue named alumna Clemmons’s What We Lose “the debut novel of the year”: “One can’t help but think of Clemmons as in the running to be the next-generation Claudia Rankine, coming into her own by pushing against conventions of form and self, staking out the in-between spaces as place to call her own.”
Conrad, an adjunct instructor in the Writing Program, is the subject of a profile on the website of the Paris Review: “Rituals are what most distinguish Conrad’s work from other contemporary poets. Whether they entail blowing bubbles, inspecting parking-lot trees, or interviewing Philadelphia businessmen about the consistency of their semen (‘Suspension Fluid Magnificence’), they are not just processes—they are part of the poems themselves.”
Alumna Deason received an honorable mention in the Momaya Short Story Review’s 2017 competition (theme: Dystopia/Utopia) for her story “Thicker Than Blood.” The story will be published in the review’s forthcoming issue.
Current student Huey’s poem “Bathing in Chlorine” has been published in Poetry Circle: "The run-off gutter rain / of all the things I do not want / to see, the old furniture / of us, an empty beach / unanchored, that time we watched / a red-tailed hawk surrender.”
Alumna Jack’s story “The Tipping Point” has been published in the latest volume of The Westchester Review. The story won the review’s 2016 flash fiction contest.