Writing Roundup: Week of Nov. 6

November 6, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program students and alumni have been busy receiving citations and publishing new work. Read more in our bi-weekly roundup of news about Columbia writers.

Diksha Basu '14
Alumna Basu’s debut novel The Windfall was included in the November edition of World Literature Today’s Nota Benes, a monthly roundup of books of note. “In this novel about belonging and ever-shifting social status,” the publication writes, “Diksha Basu’s words are filled with warmth and humor.”

Elysha Chang '11
Alumna Chang published an essay in GQ on “Asian jokes” in American humor: “Why are our smartest and most progressive comedians writing about Asian-Americans as if we are people they have never seen, met, or talked to?”

Leah Sophia Dworkin '16
Alumna Dworkin’s story “The Steamboat” was published by Cosmonauts Avenue: “You can’t catch the cockroach. I can’t catch the cockroach. When I can’t catch that cockroach I say I’m going to set the apartment on fire.”

E.J. Koh '13
Alumna Koh’s poetry collection A Lesser Love was included in the November edition of World Literature Today’s Nota Benes, a monthly roundup of books of note. “Koh’s verse is spare, evocative, and gut-moving,” the publication writes, “drawing out into interludes of clever reflections on cultural place.”

Erika Luckert '16
Alumna Luckert’s poem “Sonnet in case of disaster” was published by the Heavy Feather Review: “Put as many books as possible / between you and the blast.”

Shane McCrae (Faculty)
Full-time professor McCrae published a poem, “Jim Limber the Adopted Mulatto Son of Jefferson Davis Was Another Child First,” in the November issue of Poetry magazine: “I never lived so good as when I lived with / Them and especially it was daddy Jeff / Who kept me fed and wearing those nice clothes / Until they fit as tight as bandages.”

Franz Nicolay (Current student)
For the Los Angeles Review of Books, current student Nicolay wrote on three books that examine the relationship between pop music and literature: “For the ambitious writer and performer, the dream is often to be the popularizer who sugars the highbrow pill, and gets credit for both candy and cure.”

Avia Tadmor (Current student and UWP professor)
Current student and undergraduate writing professor, Tadmor’s poem “My Sister Carrying Her Darkness Like Silver” was published in the most recent issue of The Adroit Journal: “When my sister climbed onto the springboard that summer, her womanhood scattered / in sparks behind her, her wrists flutelike / & practicing levity.”