Our lineup this month:
L. A. Johnson is from California. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, the Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, and other journals. She has received awards from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Narrative Magazine, where she was a finalist in the 2016 30 Below Contest. She is currently a Provost’s Fellow at the University of Southern California’s PhD program in literature and creative writing, and she is at work completing her first poetry collection.
Eduardo Martinez-Leyva’s poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. He received his MFA from Columbia University, where he was a teaching fellow. He is currently a CantoMundo Fellow.
Melissa Johnson is a Columbia MFA graduate and a former MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. After a long career detour through the badlands of finance, she is now finishing a novel about a man who washes up on the shores of the Dead Sea (well, figuratively) after the death of his wife.
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!