KGB: Columbia Faculty Selects

September 06, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us Thursday, September 6, at 7 pm, for our first reading of the 2018-19 season! Selected by the Columbia Writing Program, our readers are sure to enchant and amaze.

Our lineup this month:

Mary Wang is a Chinese-Dutch writer based in New York. She mostly writes about the arts, fashion, identity, and China, often at an intersection of all of the above. She worked as news producer at WNYC’s newsroom and as Weekend / Culture editor at Her writing has appeared in Citylab, the Guardian, Guernica, Literary Hub, New Republic, Racked, Village Voice, Vogue Netherlands, among others. She’s working on a book of essays about fashion and identity, and shares a home with her partner, four cats, and a very independently-minded rabbit. You can find more of her work at

Erika Luckert is a writer from Edmonton, Canada, and a winner of the 92Y/Boston Review Discovery Prize. Her poetry manuscript, Prepared Ground, was a finalist for Tupelo Press’ 2018 Berkshire Prize. Erika’s work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, CALYX, Room Magazine, Tampa Review, F(r)iction, Atticus Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and literature at Hunter College, and is a teaching artist with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

Adrianne Bonilla graduated from Columbia’s School of the Arts with an MFA in Fiction. Other recent achievements include the decision to write two novels. The first, Astral Cemetery, is an anti-sentimental exploration of girlhood, death, poetry, Latin American identity, and, of course, soccer. The second is based on the Colombian conflict, and is decidedly not a narconarrative. She won Columbia’s Henfield Prize in Fiction for Astral Cemetery. You can read a small part of it on Tin House Online. Adrianne is moving to Buenos Aires for three months, where she will walk the same streets Borges did, eat empanadas near Arlt’s grave, and finish her first novel.

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 2020!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.