Writing Roundup: Week of Nov. 20

November 20, 2017

Writing Roundup: Week of Nov. 20


Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program students, faculty and alumni have been busy publishing new work. Read more in our biweekly roundup.


Lacy Warner ’16

Alumna Warner’s essay, “Scout’s Honor,” was published on Tin House Open Bar: “At age eight, I was dismissed from the Girl Scouts. About to discard my childish coffee colored uniform and receive the clinical green regalia that meant I was a girl on the verge (otherwise known as a “junior”), I was informed that the troop had grown too large. It no longer had room for me.”


Evan Gorzeman (Current student)

Spry Literary Journal published “Birthday Doves,” a short story by current student Gorzeman: “This is a man’s weekend. No presents here. Why do you want to bring them in the RV, your dad asked?”


Emma Cline ’13

Alumna Cline wrote a short essay for The New York Times’ Food section focused on Thanksgiving called “My Drive Home”: “Whatever happens after I arrive at my parents’ house — sitting down for the meal, participating in all the self-conscious acts that are meant to reinforce the idea of family — feels less real to me than the hourlong ride from the airport, something less showy but somehow truer.”


Hilton Als (Faculty)

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and Associate Professor Als read selections of his work at Princeton University along with poet Hoa Nguyen. Als was introduced by U.S. Poet Laureate and alumna Tracy K. Smith ’97, who called him “an artist of intimacy.”


Nifath Karim Chowdhury (Current student)

A piece of fiction titled “password123” by current student Chowdhury was published in Disconnect, an anthology composed of 20 short stories sold at the Dhaka Lit Fest. According to a review of the anthology, Chowdhury’s story “made me all excited to make it to the ending where the curtains of the mysteries were unveiled.”


Leslie Jamison (Faculty)

Nonfiction Director Jamison’s article, “The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future,” was published in the December issue of The Atlantic: “In truth, in the years since its peak in the mid‑2000s, Second Life has become something more like a magnet for mockery.”


Lucas Gonzalez (Current student)

Current student Gonzalez published several new poems on the website Fixional. From his poem, "First Memory": "Before, maybe the rain falling on brick or glass, not yet ash or car alarms / Nor the angel garbage, the white ghost crust on the streets of Downtown."


Daniel Lefferts (Current student and UWP professor)

Undergraduate Writing professor Lefferts wrote a review, "Pessimism of the Intellect," of a newly released short story collection by Susan Sontag for Guernica: "So entrenched is the idea that Sontag’s fiction is consignable to the bottom margin that one person interviewed for the 2014 HBO documentary Regarding Susan Sontag felt need to say, of Sontag’s National Book Award win for In America, 'Sometimes awards are given in recognition of a career as much as the merits of a particular book.'"


K.T. Billey '14

Alumna Billey's poetry translations from Icelandic to English of Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir's What Once Was Forest was published in the latest issue of seedings.


Erika Luckert '16

Alumna Luckert's new poem, “The Forgetting Curve,” was published in The American Literary Review: "By now, my memories are a slender deck / less tarot cards than flash cards / made before a quiz to quickly / shuffle through."


Rob Crawford (Current student)

Current student Crawford penned a review of Alan Felsenthal’s '15 book of poetry, "Lowly," for The Boston Review, calling it a "striking" debut collection: "A panorama of saints and odd, attendant spirits (say, Pluto riding a unicorn) cycles through these by turns earnest, fanciful, and disquieting meditations, many of which ring an unmistakable moral note."