Writing Roundup: Week of May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

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


Michele Herman ’85

Alumna Herman won Best Columnist in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for three of her columns in The Villager. The contest judge said Herman’s columns “displayed the sense that the writer was willing to dive into the community.”


Paul Beatty (Faculty)

Faculty member Beatty was interviewed for the recent issue of ZYZZYVA: "I think the real reason I set The Sellout there [in Dickens] is that there’s this weird neighborhood in L.A…There are a lot of weird neighborhoods in L.A."


Daphne Palasi Andreades (Current Student)

Current student Andreades has been awarded residencies with the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for her novella, Brown Girls.


Mat Johnson '99

Alumnus Johnson was featured in an interview in the L.A. Review of Books, "Comics and Storytelling: A Conversation with Mat Johnson." His comic book, Incognegro, was recently republished by Dark Horse's new imprint, Berger Books.


Chloe Kent (Current Student)

Kent's essay, "The groundbreaking black singer whose voice inspired Martin Luther King Jr.," about American music and civil rights icon Marian Anderson, appeared in Broadly: "A Black American coal seller’s daughter born in 1897, Anderson was both a singer and civil rights activist with a talent so singular that, paired with savvy and determination, it managed to transcend racist prejudices and make her one of the most celebrated contraltos of her time."


Kayla Michelle Smith '15

Alumna Smith’s essay, "Repentance," was published in Issue 7 of The Seventh Wave: “The church taught me almost everything I knew about sex — that it was a frightening, sacred, and consuming thing that had the ability to destroy a person emotionally, a dark form of magic to never stray near until after your wedding ceremony.”


Elizabeth Metzger '15

Alumna Metzger published a new poem, titled “Moses, New York,” in The New Yorker: “Goodbye, cowboys. Goodbye, not knowing / to speak.”


Maximiliane Donicht '16

Alumnus Donicht has poetry forthcoming in the upcoming spring issues of Ecotone and Cold Mountain Review, as well as a poetry translation in the upcoming issue of Gulf Coast Magazine.


Jenny Zhang (Faculty)

Adjunct professor Zhang shared a detailed dining diary for Grub Street while she traveled to California for the L.A. Times Book Awards, for which she won First Fiction for her book, Sour Heart


Melanie Rock '10

Alumna Rock was one of five winners of the inaugural #PoetweetNYC contest, which is put on by the New York City Mayor's Office. From her poem, "Garden=Church": "Stained earth hands divine / a host of revelations."