Faculty News

March 2017

  • Susan Breen wrote "Should You Go To A Writers' Conference?" for the Miss Demeanors mystery-writing blog.

  • Howl Arts published an excerpt of B.C. Edwards' short-story-collection in-progress Make Work.

  • Redbook published Melissa Petro's essay "I've Made a Career Writing About My Sexcapades — and Now I'm Pregnant."

  • Ashley Shelby's short story "LinkedIn Thought You Might Be Interested in This Post-Climate Impact Job: Environmental Migrant Management and Soil-Free Solutions" is a finalist for the Best of the Net 2016 anthology published by Sundress Publications.

  • Playboy published Lilly Dancyger's article "What We Can Learn from the GOP's Short-Lived Attack on Oversight."

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong writes about why Adele had the best night at the Grammys, while the Grammys themselves had the worst.

  • Ebony magazine featured Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich in its article "Honoring the People's Poet: Langston Hughes' Harlem Home Gets New Life."

  • The Rumpus reviewed Robert Repino's new novel Culdesac, saying "Repino’s ability to convince us of the faults of our own society speaks to his skillful crafting of his characters."

  • Barnes & Noble named Kody Keplinger's YA novel Run one of its "7 Perfect Reads for Galentine's Day," saying "you'll cheer through the pain as you watch these girls take on the world."

  • VegNews published Steph Spector's article "6 Books Changing Veganism in 2017."

  • Michael Montlack wrote "Three's Company Made Me The Gay Man I Am Today" to commemorate the sitcom's 40th anniversary this month, in the Advocate.

  • Francesca Ochoa interviewed writer Yin Q about BDSM and her memoir Home of Desperate Magic for Apogee Journal.

  • David Rice's short story "Normal Stigmata" appears in Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

  • Fly Washington magazine published Mike Dunphy's article "Romantic Vienna."

  • Following the death of actress Mary Tyler Moore, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and her nonfiction book Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted were featured in People magazine, Yahoo News, Vogue, and the New York Times, among many others.

  • The Huffington Post published Stacy Parker Le Melle's article, "Disaster Can Be a Tweet Away."

  • Melissa Petro wrote "Will the Backpage Shutdown Make Sex Workers Less Safe?" for Esquire magazine. (The answer: "Women in the industry say now they'll have no choice but to work the streets.")

  • "What we need is less vengeance and more forgiveness." Dan Lopez talks to the Chicago Review of Books about his novel The Show House, the mass shooting last summer at the Orlando nightclub Pulse, and the role of writers in the "struggle to come to terms with the fundamental uncertainty of life."

  • A story by T. Kira Madden will be included in the anthology Go Home! forthcoming in 2018 from Feminist Press.

  • LSU Press will release Meghan Kenny's short story collection Love Is No Small Thing later this month.

  • "The Crops of the Future" by Sarah McColl appears in TakePart magazine's Farm of the Future special issue.

  • The Establishment published Lilly O'Donnell's article "What You Need to Know About Reproductive Coercion."

February 2017

  • Brick Underground published Alanna Schubach's article "How Trump's Threatened Federal Funding Cuts to Sanctuary Cities Could Impact NYC."

  • Ploughshares published Roohi Choudhry's essay "The Undertaker's Home" in its winter issue.

  • Guernica published Kira Madden's essay "The Feels of Love."

  • Playboy published Lilly O'Donnell's article "Bill Nye Will Save the World in a New Netflix Show."

  • The Association for Library Services to Children named Nora Raleigh Baskin's middle-grade novel Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story to its list of Notable Children's Books 2017 Discussion List.

  • Kara Lee Corthron talks about her new YA novel The Truth of Right Now, how to avoid tone-deaf writing, and why authors should create characters outside their own culture, in a Q&A with the Children's Book Council.

  • The Oxford American published Ian Port's article "That Winsome Moan," about the Hawaiian origins of the blues slide guitar, in its Southern Music issue.

  • "You don't look Muslim. You hardly even look Arab," writes Zaina Arafat in her essay "Dear Students: A Letter from Your Muslim American Teacher," for Vice.

  • Lambda Literary reviewed Dan Lopez's new novel The Show House, calling it a "page-turning thriller that is also a thought-provoking meditation on the anxieties and pain that lurk within contemporary gay life."

  • Sarah McColl discovers that maple syrup makes everything better, and writes about it, in "How Vermont Farmers Do Breakfast" for Extra Crispy.

  • Melissa Petro interviewed the Syrian human rights activist Noura Al-Jizawi about how she survived kidnapping, detention, and torture, for Broadly.

  • Lightspeed magazine published Seth Fried's short story "Hello Again."

  • Robert Repino's forthcoming novel D'Arc made BookRiot's list of "What Rioters Are Reading".

  • "The scariest thing about being a daughter is the idea that you won't ever be able to separate from your mother and all she represents," writes Kerry Cohen in her essay "Mourning Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher" for Bitch magazine.

  • Benjamin Obler's essay "Confessions of a Porn Addict" made Longreads' Best of 2016 list.

  • Mike Dunphy talks about taking river cruises on the French Riviera and in Portugal on the Maxa's World podcast.

  • Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's middle-grade novel Two Naomis has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work for Youth category.

  • Lilly O'Donnell wrote "Ohio's 'Heartbeat Bill' Isn't a Restriction on Abortion. It's an Outright Ban" for Playboy.

  • "People in debt are some of the brightest, most resilient people there are," writes Melissa Petro in her essay "My Preferred Friends? Other Working Class People With Debt" for the Guardian.

  • David Rice's forthcoming novel A Room In Dodge City won the Electric Book Award. It will be released later this month by Alternating Current Press.

  • In Context Journal features Sarah McColl's oral history essay "How to Live."

January 2017

  • The Rumpus interviewed Kerry Cohen and her sister Tyler about their illustrated memoir Girl Trouble, the nature of female friendships, and who's talking behind your back.

  • Hasanthika Sirisena and her short-story collection The Other One were included in Vice's year-end round-up of "The Asian-American Literature That Got Me Through 2016."

  • The Satirist published Jon Reiner's humor story "A Visit from St. Nicholas to Homeland Security."

  • David Rice's novel A Room In Dodge City is available for pre-order. Alternating Current Press will release it in February.

  • The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awarded Untitled Theater Company No. 61 a grant to stage the play The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, written and directed by Edward Einhorn.

  • For Narratively, Lilly O'Donnell wrote about why she and her husband eloped to Tulum, Mexico. (But don't tell her in-laws.)

  • The Times of London published Benjamin Obler's essay "Confessions of a Porn Addict."

  • Creative Nonfiction has nominated essays by two Gotham teachers for Pushcart Prizes, "Economy Class" by Shahnaz Habib and "The Math of Marriage" by Elane Johnson.

  • Narratively published Melissa Petro's essay "Our Dog Would Eat Anything. This Time The Takeout Fought Back."

  • Electric Literature published Michael Backus' essay "What Exactly Does She Think Happens?"

  • The Washington Post's Book Party named Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Seinfeldia the "Most Enjoyable Book of 2016."

  • Lambda Literary reviewed Scott Alexander Hess' novel The Butcher's Sons, calling it "energetic and muscular," and it "keeps the reader glued to the page, even when we want to look away."

  • St. Julien Press released Elizabeth Cohen's poetry collection Bird Light.

  • TakePart published Sarah McColl's article 'A New Almanac for the Young Farmers of the World."

  • Ashley Shelby won the Enizagam literary journal's annual fiction contest with her short story "Emergent Norm Theory and Post-Climate Change Impact: Appendix A."

  • Simon & Schuster releases Kara Lee Corthron's young adult novel The Truth of Right Now on January 3d.

  • Read to Write Stories interviewed Hasanthika Sirisena and analyzed her short story "Ismail" for its article "How to Figure Out What Really Drives a Character to Act."

  • Laura Yeager is blogging for PsychCentral. Two of her recent posts are "Your Children Keep You Sane" and "Using Social Media to Deal With Personal Tragedy."

  • Brick Underground published Alanna Schubach's article "A South Bronx Reality Check: How Much Change Is the Area Really Seeing?"

  • Mike Dunphy wrote "Welcome to Miami—The New Arts Capital of America" for The Huffington Post.

December 2016

  • Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu are now streaming the documentary film Tree Man, written and directed by Jon Reiner.

  • The Atlantic published Lilly O'Donnell's article about the Electoral College, "Meet the 'Hamilton Electors' Hoping for an Electoral College Revolt."

  • "As anyone who has ever failed to preheat an oven or chill the Champagne knows, to host is to continue to conduct the train when it jumps the tracks. On Thanksgiving in particular, researchers found,...the collaborative solving of the mishap—with ingenuity, a leap up from the table, or a shrug—is essential to how we make the feast meaningful," writes Sarah McColl in her essay "Thanksgiving is a Feast of Things Forgotten," for JSTOR Daily.

  • Edge Media Network reviewed Scott Alexander Hess' new novel Skyscraper, calling it a "page turner ... that leaves a lasting impression."

  • Alibi, an imprint of Random House, released Susan Breen's novel Maggie Dove's Detective Agency, the second book in her Maggie Dove mystery series.

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's book Seinfeldia was a seminfinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

  • "If you're not familiar with waterbugs, if you've confused them with some kind of delicate creature that skips along the surface of a lake, you are adorable." Alice Bradley writes about her creepy new roommates, for The Sun magazine.

  • The editors of the Best American Short Stories series named Roohi Choudhry's "The End of Coney Island Avenue" one of its Distinguished Stories of 2015.

  • Vice featured Bruce Cherry in its article "The Writers Who Make Presidents Funny."

  • Thaïs Miller won The Furious Gazelle's Halloween contest with her short story "Der Wechselbalg in Tribeca."

  • "If rain on your wedding day is good luck, a hurricane must be like hitting the lotto," writes Melissa Petro in her essay "A Hurricane Threatened to Crash My Wedding," for Refinery29.

  • Uncanny Magazine published Jennifer Marie Brissett's short story "Kamanti's Child."

  • Unnamed Press will release Dan Lopez's novel The Show House on December 13th.

  • McSweeney's published N. West Moss' essay "Things To Discuss With My Doctor Before The Hysterectomy."

  • The Huffington Post interviewed Laura Yeager for its article "Writing Through Cancer and Bipolar I Disorder."

  • Space Racers, the animated children's show with music composed by Jody Gray, is now showing Season Two on Sprout.

  • The New Haven Review published David Rice's short story "The Hate Room."

  • Alanna Schubach interviewed Gotham's dean of faculty Kelly Caldwell about neighborhoods, New York City's best self, and flu shots, for Brick Underground.

  • It's "the sort of book that makes my cold heart all warm and fuzzy...the sort of book I just want to thrust at people and say HERE! READ THIS!" wrote Kirkus in its review of Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's middle-grade novel Two Naomis.

  • Scroll.In asks about the importance of technique vs. magic, and also aquariums in "Why Sri Lankan-American Writer Hasanthika Sirisena Is an Outsider and Likes It That Way."

  • The Forward published Lilly O'Donnell's essay "How Judaism Still Brings My Father Closer to Me," excerpted from her memoir in progress.

  • Mike Dunphy reviews a new hotel in what was once Burlington, Vermont's armory for Hotel-Scoop.

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong talks about her new book Seinfeldia and her five-step process for writing great blog posts on the podcast Write With Impact.

November 2016

  • The editors of the Best American Essays series named stories by several Gotham instructors as Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2015. They are Kate Angus ("My Catalog of Failures"), Roohi Choudhry ("On Island"), Shahnaz Habib ("Hospitality"), and Clifford Thompson ("On the Bus").

  • Entropy published David Rice's "Defying Your Wiring," a review of D. Foy's novel Patricide.

  • Alanna Schubach wrote "Trump Place Residents Are Petitioning to Change the Name on Their Building" for Brick Underground.

  • The Mighty published Stacy Pershall's essay "Instead of Fighting My Bullies, I'm Fighting Stigma."

  • The Viral Demon, written and directed by Jeremy Wechter, is an official selection of New York City Horror Film Festival and will premiere there on November 11th.

  • Off Assignment published Hasanthika Sirisena's story "Letter to a Stranger: Jaffna, Sri Lanka."

  • Tom Brennan talks about voting, the election, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, on the podcast Applying It Liberally.

  • Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich joined other YA authors in the #FirstVote16 campaign with a video telling the story of the first time she voted.

  • Story Quarterly named Sarah McColl's essay "How Sad, How Lovely" second runner up in its 2016 Nonfiction Prize.

  • Evan Rail took second place for Best Commentary and Criticism in the North American Guild of Beer Writers Awards.

  • Kara Lee Corthron reveals the cover for her forthcoming novel The Truth of Right Now, and talks about how it was designed, for Riveted.

  • The LA Review of Books published Dan Lopez' review, "Recuperating Exile: Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds."

  • "I don't have superpowers, but I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt as much as I can." Laura Yeager talks to Self Care With Writers about writing, faith, and teaching.

  • Bullett magazine featured Michael Leviton and his storytelling series and podcast The Tell in its article "Listen to Adam Green Tell an Epic Tale in Your New Favorite Podcast, The Tell."

  • Refinery29 interviewed Kody Keplinger about a controversial review of her new novel Run in its article "Is Bisexuality Too 'Mature' For Young Readers?"

  • Unzipped, an imprint of Lethe Press, releases Scott Alexander Hess' novel Skyscraper this month.

  • There's more to Bernie Sanders' hometown than quaint scenery and Ben & Jerry's — Mike Dunphy elaborates in "A Long Weekend in Burlington, Vermont" for Fodor's.

  • The Daily American published an article and video of Nora Raleigh Baskin discussing her middle-grade novel Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story with an auditorium full of elementary school students.

  • Chloè Caldwell's essay collection I'll Tell You In Person made the Village Voice's list of Compelling Books — and Authors — to check out this fall.

  • The Washington Post published Lilly O'Donnell's essay "I Could Have Been the Little Boy in the Overdose Photos."

  • Cosmonauts Avenue interviewed T. Kira Madden about editing a literary journal, balancing the needs of the writer vs. the needs of editors, and looking for stories that create "a tingle in the spine."

  • Robert Repino's novel Culdesac, the second title in his War With No Name series, comes out this month from Soho Press.

  • Carole Bugge is featured poet in Issue No. 4 of the literary journal China Grove.

  • The Daily Beast published Melissa Petro's essay "Sex Work Isn't Sex Trafficking."

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong writes about TV anti-heroines and why they're important, for the BBC.

October 2016

  • The music magazine Rawckus named Mike Dunphy its managing editor.

  • Jezebel published Melissa Petro's essay "Former Sex Worker Seeks Happy Ending."

  • Longreads published Benjamin Obler's essay "The Mask of Deception: The Ultimate Test to My Recovery from Porn Addiction."

  • Darby Pop Comics posted an interview with Matthew Cody about his story "Ride Along," which appears in its anthology Women of Darby Pop.

  • Buzzfeed published Zaina Arafat's article "Wrap Star: Meet the Muslim Blogger Who's Proving Modesty Can Be Fashionable."

  • Out of Print published Hasanthika Sirisena's short story "The Other One," the title story in her collection, released earlier this year by the University of Massachusetts Press.

  • Podium, the literary journal of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, published Jon Gingerich's short story "Vest."

  • Nora Raleigh Baskin and her middle grade novel Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story were featured by the New York Times in "A Wave of 9/11 Novels Seeks a New Audience: the Young Reader."

  • Scott Alexander Hess' wrote "FIlmmaker Todd Verow on Dirty Movies, Queer-sploitation, and Dive Bars" for the Huffington Post.

  • Vox published Kelly Caldwell's essay "I helped 9/11 survivors recover. The worst part came six months later."

  • The MF Galaxy podcast interviewed Jennifer Marie Brissett about her novel Elysium and creating intimacy between characters and readers.

  • The University of Chicago Press has released Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery, which includes excerpts of Domenica Ruta's memoir With or Without You.

  • Lilly O'Donnell wrote "Why Publishing Sexts Is Terrible — And Won't Stop," for Rolling Stone.

  • Thomas & Mercer, an Amazon imprint dedicated to mystery and suspense novels, has acquired Carole Bugge's historical thrillers Edinburgh Twilight and its sequel Edinburgh Dawn.
  • "Solo travel is a great metaphor for many other aspects of life. You can't just move through time and space like a sloth, hoping other forces will step in." David Farley writes about traveling alone, for Four Seasons magazine.

  • Scott Alexander Hess released the book trailer for his new novel Skyscraper, which will be released by Lethe Press in November.

  • "Where else but in a sci-fi comedy can you find such hope in the ridiculous?" Robert Repino asks in "The Fantastic Voyage of Innerspace," for Tor.com.

  • The Village Voice published "Watching the World," Clifford Thompson's review of the new memoir Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith.

  • Funds for Writers published Laura Yeager's article "How Writing About My Hardships and Sharing My Weaknesses Is Leading To My Success."

  • Esquire named Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's nonfiction book Seinfeldia to its list of the 25 Best Books of 2016 So Far.

  • PopSugar named Shari Goldhagen's novel 100 Days of Cake one of its "8 of This Year's Hottest YA Books You'll Love Even as an Adult."

  • Coffee House Press releases Chloè Caldwell's essay collection I'll Tell You In Person on October 4th.

  • Amy Shearn's essay "The Surprising Magic of Bad Books" is up at The Rumpus.

  • The New York Times published Jon Reiner's humor piece "Your Self-Driving Car Manual" in its Sunday Review section.

  • Masha Hamilton's essay "Letter to an Ex, on the Occasion of His Suicide" has been published by Longreads.

September 2016

  • The Tonic Theater will present Carole Bugge's play Strings in the Page to Stage New Play Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Melissa Petro interviewed the wife of one of the 100,000 ethnic-Tamil people still missing since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, in "What Have You Done With My Husband?" for Narratively.

  • The Drive-In Film Festival, which screens new independent films at drive-in movie theaters for free, will finish its ninth season this month with four films at the Four Brothers Drive-In in Armenia, New York. C.C. Webster is the festival's creative director.

  • "I like people who tell stories they technically shouldn't," Michael Leviton says, in an article on the Vice blog Noisey about his storytelling series and podcast, The Tell.

  • Goodreads interviewed Benjamin Obler about the business, and the best things, of being a writer.

  • Laura Yeager is writing about cancer at Laura Yeager's Cancer Blog. Recent entries include "Trish and Vitamin B17," and "The Rising and Falling of My Boobs."
  • The New World Review published N. West Moss' short story "The Absence of Sound."

  • Publishers Weekly reviewed Chloè Caldwell's new essay collection I'll Tell You In Person, saying she "writes about her life with warmth, humor, and not a trace of apology." Emily Books will release Chloè's collection October 1st.

  • Vogue published Emma Pearse's article "Breathing is the New Yoga! Nine Shortcuts to Calming Anxiety."

  • Book Riot named Lev A.C.Rosen's novel Memory Wall one of its "The Best Books We Read In July."

  • Poetry Daily featured Kate Angus' poem "Complicity."

  • Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's new middle-grade novel Two Naomis comes out this month from Balzer & Bray/Harperteen.

  • "Travel stories are essentially a fake or altered reality, filtered through the writer and based on how much reporting she or he did on the spot." David Farley talks about the myths of travel writing, in an interview for Nomadic Matt.

  • Melissa Petro is writing the Becoming Bride series for Ravishly. Her recent columns include "My Brother Won't Be Coming to My Wedding," "Bibliotherapy for the Wedding-Obsessed Bride," and "The Best Advice from Real-Life Brides."

  • VinePair published Zaina Arafat's essay "Are You Not Really Muslim If You Drink?"

  • Simon & Schuster will publish Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's next nonfiction book, about the cultural and political impact of the TV series Sex & The City. Jennifer's current book Seinfeldia, out now, has reached the top 20 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestsellers list, and no. 4 on the NYT bestsellers list for books about culture.

  • The New York Times reviewed the Untitled Theater Company #61's production of The Iron Heel, calling it "food for thought with an appealing heart-on-sleeve warmth." Edward Einhorn directed, and he adapted the script from the novel by Jack London.

  • One Teen Story published Arlaina Tibensky's short story "Buying the Farm" and posted an interview with her about writing, adolescence, and ostriches.

  • Jennifer Udden gives advice to new writers on navigating the publishing world in the article "First Time Out: Publishing Tips for New Authors" at The Writer magazine.

  • Michaela Roessner's novella Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life is published in the newly revived OMNI Magazine Online.

  • The Guardian published Lilly O'Donnell's article, "Spanking, Caning, and Consent Play: How Feminist Porn Frees Women from Shame."

  • Mike Dunphy reviewed Phish's concert in New York, part of the band's summer tour, for Rawckus.

  • For Grist, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong contributed to the feature "The Slideshow That Saved the World: An Oral History of An Inconvenient Truth," for which she interviewed former Vice President Al Gore.

  • "If you're putting readers in this crazy world and making them identify with characters that couldn't possibly exist, I think that's what fiction is supposed to do." Robert Repino talks about writing absurdist fiction with Inverse.

August 2016

  • The Washington Post published Lilly O'Donnell's essay, "Planning a Wedding Made Me Reevaluate Every Relationship in My Life."

  • Alice Bradley published her essay "Panic Attacks and Jim Palmer" on Medium.

  • Publishers Weekly reviewed Lev A.C. Rosen's new book The Memory Wall, calling it "a complex, thought-provoking novel."

  • Alanna Schubach's article "NYC Pride: Tracing the History of NYC's Gay Neighborhoods from Past to Present" was published by Brick Underground.

  • The BBC published David Farley's article "The Ultimate Berlin Street Food."

  • " 'Pajaretes cure my migraines,' says one visitor. They're alcoholic and feature either chocolate or coffee. Are you in yet?" writes Diana Spechler in "Everything You Need to Know About Mexico's Secret Morning Cure-All" for Food and Wine.

  • The Literary Review published Robert Repino's short story "We Have the Answer to the Apocalypse."

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's book Seinfeldia has reached No. 13 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List.

  • Andrew Collins wrote "Standing with Orlando: One Way to Lend Your Support" for Love Wins Texas Weddings.

  • Tom Brennan told the story "A Friend In Need" live in Philadelphia for the Risk! storytelling series and podcast.

  • "Beautiful mirages may indeed appear at the bottom of a bar glass, but in New York, it's no illusion." Mike Dunphy explores the Most Beautiful Bars in NYC, for NewYork.com.

  • Kate Angus discusses poetry, and the mistakes made most often by new poets, on the Line Poetry Podcast.

  • Brick Underground published Alanna Schubach's article "Real Life Stories of Airbnb Racism—And How Some People Are Responding."

  • Kenji Jasper's short story "A Moment of Clarity at The Waffle House" will be included in the anthology Atlanta Noir, out from Akashic Books later this year.

  • Bustle magazine named Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's book Seinfeldia to its list of "Nonfiction Books To Read This Summer."

  • Melissa Petro wrote "Years of Abuse Have Left Me with C-PTSD, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" for Ravishly.

  • Busted Halo published Laura Yeager's essay "Born Again Catholic."

July 2016

  • "People think that everybody is either good at the humanities or the sciences and that you can’t be good at both. Nobody’s ever proven that.” Roohi Choudhry interviews novelist and scientist Eileen Pollack for Nautilus magazine.

  • The Believer reviewed B.C. Edwards' The Aversive Clause, saying his short stories "insist on their own weird realities, while feeding off the ailments of our own."

  • Salon interviewed Kate Angus about her new poetry collection So Late to the Party, and the words she most despises used to review it.

  • Scott Alexander Hess interviewed novelist Sarah Gerard about taking risks in fiction, how to make a good book trailer, and what to say when people assume your fiction is actually memoir, for The Huffington Post.

  • Susan Breen talks about creating characters — where they come from, how to avoid stereotypes when developing them, and giving them the just-right name — on the diyMFA podcast, hosted by Gotham student Gabriela Pereira.

  • Lev AC Rosen's novel Depth is a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel.

  • Matthew Cody will be writing episodes for ReMade, a post-apocalyptic YA series starting in September by Serial Box.

  • Lightspeed magazine published Jennifer Marie Brissett's short story "Breathe Deep, Breathe Free" in its People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction special double issue.
  • The Pulse Ensemble Theatre will produce Carole Bugge's play Strings.

  • Yahoo! TV named Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's book Seinfeldia (to be released July 5th by Simon & Schuster) a Summer 2016 Beach Read.

  • Apple featured Kody Keplinger's new YA novel Run as one of its 25 Best Books of June.

  • Robert Repino talks about artificial intelligence, where science is now and where dreamers hope it is headed, in the Oxford Comment video podcast.

  • "You imagine time flowing backward, back upstream," writes Alanna Schubach in her short story "Dayenu," at The Lifted Brow.

  • Aleteia recently published several essays by Laura Yeager, including "Finding St. Jude in Aisle 6."

  • PopSugar named Christine Reilly's novel Sunday's on the Phone to Monday to its list of "26 Books You Should Read."

  • Change Seven magazine named to its monthly list of Seven Reads We Recommend Ashley Shelby's short story "LinkedIn Thought You Might Be Interested in This Post-Climate Impact Job: Environmental Migrant Management and Soil-Free Solutions."

  • Brightly, a Penguin Random House blog, published "Let's Hear It for the Boys: Books for Tweens Featuring Some Pretty Amazing Guys" by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.

  • The New York Times published Diana Spechler's essay "Among The Healers."

  • This October, Hawthorne Books will publish Kerry Cohen's Girl Trouble, a memoir illustrated by her sister, Tyler Cohen.

  • Laura Yeager is blogging for Psych Central. Recent posts include "A Tribute to Patty Duke," "Living in a Mixed State," and "The Luggage Set."

  • "What will happen when we stop valuing our libraries and librarians? Simply put...our children will be less intelligent." Nora Raleigh Baskin wrote an essay and saved a school library, and it's covered by the School Library Journal.

  • Mike Dunphy wrote "Twelve Most Eye-Catching Public Works of Art in NYC" for NewYork.com.

  • Ravishly published Melissa Petro's essay "The Zika Virus: Why Now Is the Time for Reproductive Justice in Latin America."

June 2016

  • The Guardian featured Alice Bradley and the podcast she co-hosts in its article, "The League of Awkward Unicorns: A Podcast That Mixes Mental Health With Laughter."

  • Bustle magazine named Kody Keplinger's novel Run one of its "Sizzling Hot New YA Books" in its Summer Reading Guide. Scholastic Press releases Run on June 28th.

  • On June 14, Alibi Books will release Susan Breen's novel Maggie Dove, the first in a new mystery series.

  • Shahnaz Habib's essay "Economy Class" appears in Creative Nonfiction's special issue on marriage.

  • "A powerful account of ... a profound and tragic piece of history," writes Publishers Weekly of Nora Raleigh Baskin's new middle-grade novel Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, to be released June 28 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
  • Clifford Thompson wrote "Our Hero and His Blues: Celebrating Albert Murray" for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

  • For her new weekly column, Becoming Bride, for Ravishly, Melissa Petro wrote "We're Getting Married (FINALLY)."

  • Aeon published Cullen Thomas' essay "How to Stop Prisons from Turning Criminals into Terrorists."

  • Alanna Schubach interviewed comedian Chris Finnegan about life in Astoria, the best place to walk in NYC at 5 a.m., and the moment he started to feel like a true New Yorker, for Brick Underground.

  • Andrew Collins wrote "San Francisco Gay Hotels Guide: The Castro, Hayes Valley & Mission Edition" for the Travel section at About.com.

  • "If you bring your food here, we're going to Creole-ize it." Emma Pearse samples the eight New Orleans restaurants nominated for James Beard Awards, for the Guardian.

  • Bagels, matzoh-ball soup, black-and-white cookies—Mike Dunphy finds the best of New York City's ten most iconic foods, for NewYork.com.

  • Robert Repino thinks you should read one more Game-of-Thrones think piece, "Why Is Westeros So F%cked Up?" at Tor.com.

  • Chloé Caldwell appears on the podcast Truth & Fiction, talking about likeability in female characters, and their female authors.

  • "My stories are as much a conversation with my father and my mother ... a promise to them that I haven’t forgotten where I come from, that I’m not so distant from it." Hasanthika Sirisena talks to The Margins about writing and her new short-story collection The Other One.

  • The Minola Review published T. Kira Madden's essay "Lullaby."

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong appears in the National Geographic Channel series Generation X.

  • Diana Spechler writes what happens when when men in airport bars find out a single female traveler is also a novelist, for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter.

May 2016

April 2016

  • Nora Raleigh Baskin's middle grade novel Ruby on the Outside is a finalist for the Maine Student Book Award. The winners will be chosen later this spring by Maine students in grades four through eight.

  • The Atlantic published "Ten Thousand Years of the Mortar and Pestle" by Kate Angus.

  • The BBC published Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's essay "The Female Superhero Is Finally Here."

  • Clifford Thompson's memoir Twin of Blackness made the Small Press Distribution list of Nonfiction Bestsellers.

  • Caffeine addicts needing a fix in NYC, Mike Dunphy's got you covered.

  • Megan Kruse lists a few titles for Lit Hub's round-up of authors naming "Books I Wish I'd Read as an LGBTQ Teenager."

  • Psychology Today published Kerry Cohen's essay "Women, Sex, and the Problem of Our Bodies."

  • "Take a deep breath. And ask your camel for a message." Emma Pearse writes about an intense psycho-spiritual retreat in wine country for Elle magazine.

  • Refinery29 published Heather Wood Rudulph's essay "How Marcia Clark Went From A Bad-Ass To A Bad Haircut."

  • Soho Press announced it will publish Robert Repino's novel D'arc, a sequel to his 2015 novel Mort(e).

  • The Millions published Edan Lepucki's essay "The Anxiety of Influence: Children's Books and Their Grown-Up Counterparts."

  • Shari Goldhagen's novel In Some Other World, Maybe is now out in paperback, from St. Martin's Griffin.

  • "Most of the people who call it 'urban' or 'ghetto' fiction, they're trying to say black, and it isn't. It's hip-hop." Cullen Thomas interviews Vickie M. Stringer, publisher of Triple Crown Publications, for his ongoing series in The Rumpus, Conversations with Literary Ex-Cons.

  • The Forward published Amy Shearn's essay "When Swimming Felt Like Prayer."

  • Alanna Schubach wrote "Polyamory in the City" for Brick Underground.

  • Whole Life Times published Laura Yeager's article "Surviving Suburbia With a Survivalist."

  • Shahnaz Habib is one of the reasons why Brevity Editor Dinty Moore told The Millions that the magazine's 50th Anniversary issue is his favorite.

  • Prairie Schooner published Chip Livingston's poem "Stadium Mocs."

  • Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich compiled a list of books and resources to help parents talk to children about faith and spirituality in "A Question of Faith," for Reading Brightly, a blog by Penguin-Random House.

  • Flavorwire named Melissa Petro's essay "I Don't Regret My Abortion—And Neither Do 95 Percent of Other Women" to its Abortion in 2016: An Essential Reading List.

  • Diana Spechler's essay "The Matchmaker's Mouth" was named one of the Notable Essays & Literary Nonfiction of 2014 by the Best American Essays series.

  • Alternating Current Press longlisted Ashley Shelby for the Luminaire Award for Best Prose for her short story "LinkedIn Thought You Might Be Interested in This Post-Climate Impact Job: Environmental Migrant Management and Soil-Free Solutions."