KGB: An Evening with Columbia Journal

October 30, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an Evening with Columbia Journal! This evening features the writers that help create the Journal and those that help guide it.

Columbia Journal was founded in 1977 by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing program. Today, Columbia Journal publishes in print and online, seeking to showcase the best poetry, nonfiction, fiction, translation and visual art on both platforms. The print edition, published each spring, is a combination of solicited work and the best of the submissions we’ve received—including the winners of our annual winter contest. Online at, you’ll find reviews and interviews with writers and artists, as well as the same caliber of original, vibrantly creative work that the print edition is known for.

Our readers for the evening:

Elissa Schappell is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing Program and a Faculty Advisor to Columbia Journal. She is the author of two books of fiction, Use Me, a New York Times Notable Book and runner up for the PEN Hemingway Award, and Blueprints for Building Better Girls, chosen as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and O. She is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, former Senior Editor of The Paris Review and a Founding-editor, now Editor-at-Large of Tin House.

Kate Greene is poet, essayist and former laser physicist whose work has been published. She dreams of Mars and of Earth and lives in New York City. Kate is the Poetry Editor of Columbia Journal.

Chelsea Roberts will read Tattoo by Jacob Lee Davis and Making Sausage: My Ugly Writing Process by Steve Schoff. Chelsea Roberts is the Community Outreach Manager for Columbia Journal.

Katie Shephard grew up in North Carolina and is a second-year nonfiction MFA student at Columbia University. Her work has been featured in NYT’s Modern Love, LitHub, Flaunt and is forthcoming at BUST. She produces podcasts and writes scripts. Katie is currently the Executive Producer of NYU Production Lab’s podcast, LabCast, an Editorial Assistant at ELLE, and Online Nonfiction Editor of Columbia Journal.

Liz von Klemperer is a writer, and acts as the Online Fiction Editor of Columbia Journal. Her reviews and interviews have been featured in The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Lambda Literary, and Tin House. Visit her at