Writing Roundup: Week of Sept. 25

September 27, 2017

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

Baba Badji '15
Alumna Badji published four poems with the online literary magazine Free Verse. One, “Seed,” begins: “When I die in Africa, the device for nursing / a sick goat & my traumatized skin must be endorsed like / Master’s allegiance for whipping me. Knock knock whose there? Milkman.”

Lily Blacksell (Current student)
Current student Blacksell, a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, will publish her first pamphlet of poems with Ignition Press in 2018.

Zinzi Clemmons '13
Alumna Clemmons was named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2017. Clemmons recently published her debut novel, What We Lose, to acclaim. She was selected as one of this year’s five honorees by author Angela Flournoy, who has taught as an adjunct in the Writing Program.

Madelaine Lucas (Current student)
For Electric Literature, current student Lucas interviewed Australian author Josephine Rowe about her new novel A Loving, Faithful Animal: “Every story is a ghost story, an act of writing into and away from loss. The past haunts, and Rowe draws our attention to what is left behind: objects, artifacts, stories.”

Erika Luckert '16
For Teachers & Writers Magazine, alumna Luckert wrote an essay on teaching poetry in the context of contemporary politics: “That first day at IS 392, one of my new students picked a quote from Pablo Neruda: poetry is an act of peace. And when that student read out Neruda’s line, they said, I disagree.”

Aaron Poochigian '16
Alumnus Poochigian novel in verse Mr. Either/Or was recently published by Etruscan Press.

Lynn Steger Strong '14
Writing Program alumna and adjunct professor Strong published an essay with Catapult about the difficulty in writing about family. “Fiction, I often tell my students, isn’t life, and this is important. In fiction, one needs motivations, wants and fears; one needs cause and effect. In life, it’s messier.”