Our lineup this month:
Michele Herman’s fiction, essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Sun, Diagram, Lilith and many other journals. She’s also been a long-time columnist for The Villager. She received the 2015 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, was a semifinalist for the 2016 Raymond Carver Prize, and placed third for best column in the 2015 New York Press Association awards. She teaches privately and in The Writers Studio’s online program, and has been performing her own work in cabaret and theatrical settings around the city, sometimes paired with her singing husband. She has recently completed her first novel, Save the Village, which is her love letter to the Village, featuring a Greenwich Village tour guide down on her luck.
Diane Stevenson is the author of The Beauty Shop Monologues (Four Zoas). Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including Boulevard, Lingo, Pataphysics, and Truck. She has written articles for The Nation, Raritan, The Mississippi Review, The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Film International, Cineaste, and others. She lives in Mississippi.
Lauren Wilkinson has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has been awarded residencies by the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Artists Program, as well as an emerging writer fellowship from the Center For Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in several publications including Granta and her debut novel, L’American, is forthcoming from Random House in 2018.
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 2018!
Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.