Writing Roundup: Week of Oct. 23

October 23, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program students, alumni, and faculty members have been busy publishing new work, winning fellowships, and more. Read more in our biweekly roundup of news about Columbia writers.

Susan Bernofsky
Writing Program professor and director of literary translation Bernofsky has been shortlisted for the inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for her translation, from the German, of Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear.

Anne Brink
Current student Brink published a poem, “A Tree Is,” with Lambda Literary: “It will never be popular to be a tree again. / Tree with all its walls / burned down, naked, no friend. / A tree is difficult to hide in bed.”

Tyler Curtis
Current student Curtis reviewed Paul Kingsnorth’s novel Beast for BOMB: “Notable, too, are the ways [Kingsnorth’s] works are dialogic, both with each other and the frightening political turn toward nativism. Two competing, contradictory eschatologies are what give these stories so much depth.”

Nicholas Goodly
Current student Goodly won a 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in the category of 30 and Under. His chapbook, Black Swim, was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy, an alumna of the Writing Program.

Carlie Hoffman '16
Alumnus Hoffman is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of a recently launched literary magazine, Small Orange Journal. Current student Matthew Gellman is associate editor.

Carolyn Jack '16
The first chapter of alumna Jack’s novel Success has been published in Literary Matters, the literary magazine of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW). The association awarded the novel its Meringoff Prize for Fiction this year.

E.J. Koh '13
Alumnus Koh’s debut poetry collection, A Lesser Love, which won the Pleiades Press Editors Prize, has been published. Earlier this year, Koh was selected to participate in the American Literary Translators Association's 2017 Emerging Translator Mentorship Program; she is one of two mentees in the category of Korean poetry.

Susan Shapiro
Shapiro, an adjunct instructor in the Writing Program, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about making the most of one’s education. In the piece, she writes that arriving on Columbia’s campus inspired her to reflect on her own college experience.

Liza St. James
Current student St. James interviewed Carmen Maria Machado, author of the recently published story collection Her Body and Other Parties, for BOMB: “Parts of the collection read like dreams or hallucinations, others like sex in its myriad variations, and some manage to conjure up those 3:00 a.m. fits of panic that feel as though they'll last forever.”