Cat Powell lives in Brooklyn with her dog. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The South Dakota Review, New Contrast, and Action, Spectacle!. She is an associate prose editor at The Fairy Tale Review, and is currently completing an apocalyptic haunted house novel.
Simona Blat is a poet, writer, publisher, and teacher. She holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is the founding editor of The Brazenhead Review, which was conceived at Brazenhead Books. Her writing has appeared in various online publications and she is the author of the chapbook Funeral, which was printed in London by Pixel Press. She was born in Riga, Latvia and currently teaches writing at NYU. She is working on a novel, maybe two.
Christopher Janigian was born in Rhode Island. His poems appear in Boston Review, Conjunctions, PEN America, and Prelude, among other places, and his essay-review on contemporary Greek poetry was published in Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds degrees from Brown and Columbia, and lives in Astoria, where he’s at work on his first book.
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 2022!
Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.