Columbia Selects

January 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our lineup this month:

Nick Neely is at work on a memoir, Town Landing, about a summer spent loitering in a small river park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, exploring the natural (and unnatural) history of the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. His nonfiction is published or forthcoming in journals such as Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and The Missouri Review, and a chapbook of his essays, Chiton, and Other Creatures, is recently out from New Michigan Press. He is the recipient of the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award for the best natural history essay published in 2014.

Sarah V. Schweig is the author of the chapbook S. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Boston Review, HTML Giant, Slice, Tin House, Verse Daily, The Volta, West Branch, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University, she is finishing her first book of poems, and is starting work on a novel. She also studies philosophy at The New School for Social Research, works as a staff reporter for the animal news website, The Dodo, and lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their three cats.

Olena Jennings has published fiction in Fawlt, Joyland, and Pioneertown. Her poetry can be found in Poems By Sunday. Her translations of poetry from Ukrainian can be found in Chelsea, Poetry International, and Wolf. She just finished Menagerie, a novel about a man obsessed with building a healing house for his dying wife. 

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 2017!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.