Our Word

Our Word is a student organization whose mission is to enrich the Columbia University Graduate Writing Program, and the literary community, with outreach, advocacy and inclusion of new and old literary voices.


Our Word serves diverse writers whose identities are non-normative, including, but not limited to, persons of color, disabled students, international students, LGBTQIA and women. Our Word, is open to any MFA student in the Writing Program.


Writers in Residence


In an effort to bring a more diverse perspective to the MFA Program, we invite one artist to be our Writer-in-Residence (WiR) each semester. The WiR offers feedback to student work in a one-on-one conference setting. Copies of the WiR’s books and articles are made readily available to students.


Previous WiR have included Naomi Jackson, Saeed Jones, Alice Sola Kim, Marie Myung-Ok Lee and Wesley Brown, Marie Mockett, Samantha Thornhill, Victor LaValle, Hari Kunzru, and Colson Whitehead.


More Info


For information on our events and meetings, please email columbia.ourword@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.


Follow us on Instagram: @columbia.ourword.

Follow us on Twitter: @ourwordcu.



2018-2019 Our Word Co-Presidents

Chelsea Roberts & Chenee Daley

2017-2018 Our Word Co-Presidents

Jarrod Harrison & Cyree Johnson


Our Word host readings, eat & greets, workshops, and an annual zine.

Our Word Zine: