KGB: Columbia Selects

February 01, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our lineup this month:

Francesca Giacco is a graduate of Barnard College and the MFA program at Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train, the Rumpus, Gather Journal, and Departures Magazine, among other places. She lives in New York, where she is at work on a novel that follows a young woman, reeling from heartbreak and seeking inspiration, over five days in Rome that come to encapsulate her entire life.

Hal Sundt is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College. He has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and a BA in English from Oberlin. His work has appeared in The Awl, The Rumpus, Eephus, The Classical, Fiction Advocate and Away. He is currently working on a story that revisits the composition and legacy of his favorite book, The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean. For more of his work, visit

Carlie Hoffman’s poetry has been published in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Bennington Review, Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, The New England Review, WomanArts Quarterly Journal and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 92nd Street Y Discovery Poetry Prize and was named a finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and the Pablo Neruda Prize. She has been nominated for pushcart and best-of-the-net prizes and has received fellowships from the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute and the Juniper Writer’s Institute. Carlie received her MFA in poetry from Columbia in 2016, where she was the recipient of a teaching fellowship and the Philip Guston Writing Fellowship. She is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Small Orange Poetry Journal. She lives in New York.

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 2019!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.