KGB: Columbia Selects

May 02, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Deenah Vollmer is a writer, poet, and performer, with an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University. Her essays have been featured in N+1, The Believer, Guernica, december magazine, and Popula, and she is a former events writer for The New Yorker and blogger for Interview Magazine. In 2014, she toured the world with Macaulay Culkin in a band she co-founded called The Pizza Underground. She currently lives in Los Angeles, is the editor of Milq, and is working on an essay collection.

Susan Gelles’s work has appeared in Twins Magazine, the Belmont Story Review, and other outlets. Her Modern Love essay, which first appeared in the New York Times, will be included in a forthcoming anthology. She is currently writing a novel titled A History of Grief, which finds the dark humor in the task of moving on from the seemingly perfect love after a husband’s death.

Kat Savino writes various flavors of prose as well as poetry. Her work has appeared in Narratively, Apogee, DIAGRAM, the Los Angeles Review, and Marie Claire, among other publications. She recently placed third in Prism International’s essay contest, and has work forthcoming in Belladonna and Ravishly. She is working on a hybrid memoir about the trauma of neglect and the human need for touch.

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