Our line-up this month:
Jennifer Sears’s work has appeared in Fence, The Boston Globe, Ninth Letter, Gilded Serpent Journal of Middle Eastern Music and Dance, and Arabic Literature, among other publication. She’s received a citation in Best American Non-Required Reading, and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, SLS, and The Money for Women Fund. She is finishing a novel about an American belly dancer who tries to help a Palestinian student flee the United States for Canada during the Special Registration, a controversial anti-terrorism measure implemented by the US Department of Justice in 2003.
Richard Dragan teaches creative writing and journalism in the CUNY system in New York. He has worked extensively as a magazine journalist writing about science and technology, and his recent fiction has appeared in Eclectica Magazine. He is polishing up his collection of short stories and is at work on a novel that mixes love, revenge and the possibilities of artificial intelligence.
Peter Vilbig is a writer and teacher in Brooklyn, New York. His short fiction has appeared in the Baltimore Review, Drunken Boat, Fleeting, Horizon Review, The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine, Saranac Review, The Linnet’s Wings, and Tin House, among other publications. His new fiction is forthcoming in 3:AM Magazine. His story, “Frida,” published in Fleeting, was nominated for the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently completing a collection of novellas.
This month’s reading will be hosted by Emily Austin.
What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you’ll be reading in 2014!
Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.