Faculty News

If you are a student with publication/production news for us, send the info to Dana Miller, dana at gothamwriters dot com.

May 2019

  • Divya Sood's novel Find Someone to Love will be released by Riverdale Avenue Books on May 30th. 

  • Care.com published Melissa Petro's article "What Moms Really Want for Mother's Day (and It's Not a Box of Chocolates)." 

  • Billboard published Mara Reinstein's op-ed "Why Veteran Artists Should Stick to Three New Songs Per Concert." 

  • Tal McThenia's article "Erection Fever: How New York's Raw Gay History Ended Up in a Box" appears in Popula.

  • Nine Mile Press published Matthew Lippman's poetry collection A Little Gut Magic

  • "I think I speak for all discerning readers when I say that it can be frustrating when otherwise great books fall down on the giggle front," writes Seth Fried in "The Funniest Writing You Haven't Read" for Electric Literature

  • Harper Books announced it will publlish Jennifer Armstrong's next nonfiction book When Women Invented Television. 

  • The feature film Another City, written by Kuros Charney, is a selection of the Manhattan Film Festval and will be shown there on May 1st. 

  • Shahnaz Habib is a winner of The JCB Prize, "India's most valuable prize for literature," for her translation of the novel Jasmine Days, written by Benyamin.

  • Nina Boutsikaris' memoir I'm Trying To Tell You I'm Sorry will be released on May 15th by Black Lawrence Press

  • Carole Bugge's historical thrillers Edinburgh Twilight and Edinburgh Dusk, published by Thomas + Mercer under the pen name Carole Lawrence, are Amazon best-sellers, reaching the top 20 lists for both Traditional Detective Mysteries and Historical Mysteries. The third book in the series Edinburgh Midnight will be released later this year

  • The Chicago Quarterly Review published Ashley Shelby's short story "Migrant's Milk." 

  • Dancing Girl Press published Mary Donnelly's poetry chapbook Mad World Colored Oil

  • Gabrielle Bellot's essay "Compass" appears in Mal magazine.

  • Sarah McColl talked about structuring her memoir, discovering the value of her own writing, and "the incredible sense of personal power when you can create your own happiness with very little," in an interview with The Rumpus

  • The Writer magazine published Jessica Sticklor's article on creating truly memorable characters in fiction, "Beyond a List of Adjectives." 

  • Guideposts published Laura Yeager's essay "Follow the Star" in its Angels On Earth magazine.

April 2019

  • Thomas & Mercer announced it will publish a new historical mystery series set in the south of France by Carole Bugge. Her Ian Hamilton mystery series, set in 1880s Edinburgh, (also published by Thomas & Mercer under the pen name Carole Lawrence) is a current Amazon best-seller.

  • Amazon Prime is streaming Jim Mendrinos' new comedy special, I'm Not Dead Yet.

  • "Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Best Characters Were Dead People," writes Gabrielle Bellot for Literary Hub.

  • Belle Ombre published Benjamin Obler's short story "Sportsman of the Year." 

  • Marie Carter is a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, given by the Eric Hoffer Awards for "books that illuminate, progress, or redirect thought," for her novel Holly's Hurricane

  • Benjamin Buchholz is The Writer magazine's newest columnist. In his first one, "This Writer's Journey," he talks about the mistakes he hopes you'll avoid, and the accidents that somehow made him a published author.

  • The Washington Post published Jennifer Armstrong's essay "I Thought I Was a Brandon Girl. But Luke Perry Helped Me Realize All I Really Wanted Was a Dylan McKay." 

  • Mara Reinstein remembered the actor Luke Perry after his death, for New York magazine's The Cut.

  • Seth Fried's novel The Municipalists is an official Book of the Month Club selection. 

  • Kate Angus' essay "The Tiger in Harlem Who Helped Me Heal" appears in Catapault magazine. 

  • NPR's Here and Now interviewed Ian Port about his new nonfiction book The Birth of Loud and the role of the electric guitar in modern rock 'n roll. 

  • Jessica Sticklor's article about Fire In My Mouth, a new oratorio about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, appears in Bust

  • Literary Mama published Arlaina Tibensky's short story "Masks." 

  • The Los Angeles Times, in a review of Sarah McColl's new memoir, says "Joy Enough is a slim book that feels expansive, both in its ideas and its spirit." Meanwhile, the New York Times Book Review included it on a list of "Three Stunning New Memoirs of Love and Loss." 

  • Laura Yeager blogs for Cure Today, and among her recent posts is "Finding Solace in a Car-Seat Warmer."

  • Jennifer Armstrong is co-hosting the podcast Pop Literacy for the Writer's Bone Network. She dissects 2000s-era nostalgia in a recent episode, and discusses the lasting influence (or lack thereof)  of  Mean Girls, low-rise jeans, and the first iPods, and more.

  • The Guardian included Lev A.C. Rosen's YA novel Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) on its list of the Best New Books for Children and Teens

  • Shearsman Books announced it will publish Carmen Bugan's latest poetry collection Lillies From America in September. 

March 2019

  • The North Jersey Record featured N. West Moss in its article "They Have Important Stories to Tell," about a reading West organized for local residents writing memoir.

  • "Despite what India tries to erase, we have our Sweetys and Kuhus, too, and they need a voice," writes Divya Sood in her article about the Bollywood film that's become an international sensation, "Ek Laddki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga" or "I Saw a Girl and It Felt Like This," for Romance Daily News.

  • BBC.com published Jennifer Armstrong's article "Wentworth: The Gripping, Groundbreaking Australian Drama." 

  • Justina Ireland is a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book for her novel Dread Nation

  • Michael Montlack's chapbook Roam was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize

  • Nylon named Seth Fried's forthcoming The Municipalists one of its "50 Books You'll Want to Read in 2019." Penguin Books releases Seth's novel on March 19th.

  • The Guardian published Gabrielle Bellot's article "Blackface Is a Strange Ghost That Haunts America." 

  • You really should read Josh Sippie's article on building your presence online in this month's The Writer magazine, "Selling Your Words." 

  • "Super Bowl 2019—Not much happened on the field, but so much did in the kitchen," writes Laura Yeager in "A Note on Stigma from a Woman Who is Trying to Fit In" for PyschCenteral.

  • Lara Ewen looks into the controversy over diamond giant De Beers' program to lab-grow its own gems in "Shedding Light on Lightbox," for Rapaport magazine. 

  • Mara Reinstein's interview with Priscilla Presley, about her marriage to Elvis and the 50th anniversary of his Singer Presents...Elvis TV special, was the cover story for TV Guide

  • Meerkat Press released J.S. Breukelaar's Collisioncollection of fantasy and horror stories, on February 19th. 

  • The Voices Project published Jennifer Marie Brissett's poem "Armour.

  • Literary Hub published Kim Liao's essay "What Collecting 100 Rejections Taught Me About Creative Failure," a follow-up to her viral article "You Should Aim For 100 Rejections a Year.' 

  • "What would've helped you feel more confident when you were struggling?" Elane Johnson skips the small talk and asks the urgent questions in her interview with Stephanie Land, author of the new memoir Maid, for Hippocampus magazine. 

  • The American Library Association named Lev AC Rosen's young adult novel Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) to its 2019 Rainbow List, a "curated bibliography highlighting high-quality books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, aimed at children and youth from birth to age 18." 

  • Two Gotham Children's Book Writing instructors are finalists for the Cybils Literary Awards: Kody Keplinger is a finalist in the Young Adult Novels category for her book That's Not What Happened, and Justina Ireland is a finalist in the Young Adult Speculative Fiction category for her novel Dread Nation

  • Jerry Jazz Musician published a profile of Carole Bugge as part of its series on past winners of its annual Short Fiction Contest, which Carole won in 2005 for her mystery story "Uncle Evil Eye." 

  • "He says, 'You Smell Like the '70s,'" a poem by Michael Montlack, appears in The Nervous Breakdown

  • Sarah McColl talks about why she refused to call her memoir a book for a long time, and the biggest challenge she faced in finishing it, in "Ten Questions for Sarah McColl" in Poets & Writers magazine. 

February 2019

  • Two Gotham instructors have been shortlisted for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. Meghan Kenny is a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel for her book The Driest Season, and Akil Kumarasamy is a finalist for the Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short-Story Collection for her book Half Gods

  • Gabrielle Bellot wrote "Trump's Shameful, Cruel Ban on People Like Me" for Literary Hub

  • Barnes & Noble named J.S. Breukelaar's Collision one of the New Sci-Fi Fantasy Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2019. Meerkat Press will release the collection of short dark fiction on February 19th. 

  • iBudTender published Stacy Pershall's article "CBD For Pets: Carbon's Story."

  • The production company All In Pixels released a short film adapting Justina Ireland's story "A Theory of Flight." 

  • If you find yourself regularly lying to your child's pediatrician, Melissa Petro rounded up some experts with advice for you, at Care.com.

  • The New York Times reviewed Ian Port's nonfiction book The Birth of Loud, calling it "a hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th Century history." 

  • Mara Reinstein interviewed Steve Martin and Martin Short about their upcoming Now You See Them, Soon You Won't comedy tour, for Parade magazine. 

  • Laura Yeager's short story "The Orderly" appears in the winter/spring 2019 issue of Kaleidoscope.

  • Alanna Schubach is a finalist for the Calvino Prize for fabulist, experimental fiction, for her short story "Iris."

  • Court Green published three poems by Michael Montlack, including "No One Imagines Clowns Having Sex."

  • "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered in 1963, one of the most difficult and divided years in modern American history. And yet...the show and its creator foresaw a world that could shed the petty differences holding society back." Robert Repino revisits "What Mr. Rogers Taught Us About Storytelling," for Tor.com.

  • Thrillist named Jon Reiner's documentary Tree Man one of "The Best Christmas Movies to Stream on Netflix." 

  • Mara Reinstein interviews Kelly Ripa, host of ABC's daytime talk show Live, about caffeine, kids, and watching Hoarders for New York magazine's The Cut

  • In the LitHub Questionnaire, Sarah McColl says she despises it when reviewers call her new memoir "small, minor, domestic, slight—any shrinking, circumscribing words that equate women’s experience with narrowness of scope."  LIveright Press released Joy Enough January 15th. 

  • JMS Books published Scott Alexander Hess' ghost story "You Will Never Sell This House" as a single. 

  • Gabrielle Bellot wrote about James Baldwin's novel Little Man, Little Man, reissued last year by Duke University Press, in her essay "James Baldwin's Harlem Through A Child's Eyes," for the New York Review of Books

  • Irene Zabytko reviewed the short-story collection Belly Up by Rita Bullwinkel for World Literature Today

  • The Brooklyn Rail reviewed Sarah McColl's memoir Joy Enough, calling it a "delicate, intelligent, and conscientiously slight debut." 

  • Brendan Halpin's story "Mystery Incorporated in Something Fishy!" (or Scooby Doo Vs. the Shadow Over Innsmouth) is available now on Pressbooks

  • Poetry Daily featured Mary Donnelly's poem "Scrimshaw." 

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

  • "Desire—in particular, a yearning to be who we are and love freely—is a strange lantern: it wants to be lit bright, but sometimes, to do so is deadly," writes Gabrielle Bellot in "I Will Not Be An Invisible Trans Woman," for the New York Review of Books

  • Susan Breen wrote about why some writers become beloved, and stay popular for generations, in her essay "In The Woods With Agatha Christie" for Miss Demeanors.

  • LitHub published Gabrielle Bellot's essay "The Story I Kept Hidden: On Brett Kavanaugh, Sexual Assault, and Not Staying Silent." 

  • The Cut published Mara Reinstein's essay "I Think About This A Lot: The Legend of the A-Rod Centaur Painting.

  • Kody Keplinger's short story "Britt and the Bike God" is included in the anthology Unbroken: Thirteen Stories Starring Disabled Teens, out now from Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers released Lev A.C. Rosen's young adult novel Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

  • Pacific Standard magazine published Kelly Caldwell's essay "There's a Sociological Explanation for Why People Rush in to Help Communities Struck by Disaster" in its There's a Name For That feature. 

  • En Route, a short film directed by and co-written by Pamela Harris, is a selection of the Adirondack Film Festival

  • Barbara DeMarco-Barrett writes about her typewriter addiction in "Tap, Tap Click" for the Authors Guild Bulletin

  • Emily Rapp Black collaborated on the memoir I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Faith and Hope in Pakistan by Khalida Brohi, released in September by Random House.

  • Simon & Schuster revealed the cover for Ian Port's forthcoming nonfiction book The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock-n-Roll.

  • John Kachuba's paranormal novel Dark Entry is out now, from Hellbender Books (an imprint of Sunbury Books).

  • Fairy Tale Forest, an animated TV musical created and adapted by Jody Gray (with Allan Neuwirth) is in production for 2019 release. Based on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale “Jorinde and Joringel,” it features songs by Jody Gray and Allan Neuwirth, and the first episode stars Mel Brooks, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Holiday, and Matt Lucas, among others. 

  • Quill & Parchment named Carole Bugge its featured poet and published several of her poems, including "Red Bank Road" and "Thoughts While Playing Bach at Midnight."

  • "Ghost bikes 'push cyclist deaths from the fringes of the roadway to the forefront in public spaces,' " writes Melissa Petro in "The Ghost Bikes Project Gives Voice to the Dead" for Nation Swell.  

  • Gabrielle Bellot's essay "1921 — 1946 — 1984 — 2018: A Geneaology of the Totalitarian Novel" is up at LitHub.  

  • Women and Hollywood interviewed Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about the all-female writers' room on the TV show Sex and the City, and how it changed Americans' perception of single women. Armstrong's nonfiction book Sex and the City and Us came out in June. 

October 2018

  • Gabrielle Bellot's essay "Borderlands" is included in the anthology Can We All Be Feminists?, published in September by Penguin Books. 

  • Arlaina Tibensky's short story "Buying the Farm" is one of 20 chosen for the 2018 edition of New Stories from the Midwest

  • Mara Reinstein interviews filmmaker Nicole Holofcener about the different demands in writing male and female protagonists and what the late James Gandolfini taught her about vulnerability for Parade magazine. 

  • Rodale Kids (an imprint of Penguin/Random House) released Matthew Cody's illustrated middle-grade novel The Loch Ness Lock-In, the second book in his Strange Scout Tales series. 

  • Balzer + Bray released the middle-grade novel Naomis Too, co-written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, and Kirkus reviewed it, calling it "a sequel that packs as much heart, humor, and understanding as the first."

  • Jessica Penner's essay "Waiting" appears in Wordgathering, a journal of disability poetry and literature. 

  • The Orange County Register profiled Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about her writing, her speaker series, and the upcoming 20th annviersary of her radio program Writers on Writing

  • Kody Keplinger's new YA novel That's Not What Happened is reviewed by Publishers Weekly, which called it "an original and engrossing narrative about scars, recovery, and how the stories we tell can both sustain and hobble us." 

  • Lethe Press announced it will publish Scott Alexander Hess' novel The River Runs Red in the fall of 2019.

  • Carole Bugge's historical thriller Edinburgh Dusk (written under the pen name Carole Lawrence) was published by Thomas & Mercer in September.  It is Book 2 in her Ian Hamilton Mysteries series. 

  • "I spoke to other moms about their missteps, and apparently, none of us are perfect!" writes Melissa Petro in her article "Six Mistakes I Made My First Year as a Parent—And Which You Can Avoid." 

  • The American Journal of Poetry has published two of Michael Montlack's poems: "Future Lover" and "Schroder." 

  • Laura Yeager is blogging for PsychCentral. Recent posts include "Suicide: From The Edge and Back Again," "Goodbye, Duke: When Your Therapist Retires," and "Rainy Vacations Can Be Good for You." 

  • "Sex and the City did give us one great tool for more empowered sex lives, whether we’re seeking better experiences in bed or trying to process how sex has been used against us: brunch,"writes Jennifer Keishin Armstrong in her essay "How Sex and the City Holds up in the #MeToo Era," for Vanity Fair. Jennifer's nonfiction book Sex and the City and Us came out in June.

  • N. West Moss' memoir Fruitless won the Faulkner-Wisdom prize in narrative nonfiction given by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society.  

  • Popula published Tal McThenia's essay "The Curse of the Jenny Inverts." 

  • "Picnic Street," a short story by Joe Okonkwo, appears in the literary journal The New Engagement

  • Akil Kumarasamy curated a Reading List to Remind You That All Borders Are Fictional over at Electric Literature.

  • Tal McThenia's essay "Playing With Guns: It's All Fun and Games Til Somebody Gets Shot" is up at Popula. https://popula.com/2018/07/18/playing-with-guns/

  • The Writer magazine published Jen Glantz's artice "Memoir Versus Essay Collection: Which Fact-Based Form Fits You Best?

September 2018

August 2018

  • Jen Glantz is the subject of segments on NBC's Today show and on CNBC, both about her work as a professional bridesmaid and her memoir When You Least Expect It

  • Dan Lopez is an Event Producer for this year's Lambda LitFest Los Angeles

  •  Zaina Arafat's debut novel You Exist Too Much will be published in 2019 by Catapault Books. 

  • Essay Daily included a piece by Kelly Caldwell in its What Happened on June 21, 2018? project, in which writers all over the world describe the events of the same day.

  • Jellyfish Review published Michael Backus' short story "Falling at Fallingwater." 

  • Carole Bugge's forthcoming mystery novel Edinburgh Dusk is now available for pre-order. Written under her pen name Carole Lawrence, it is the second book in her series featuring Scottish detective Ian Hamilton. 

  • Vandalia Press has published Jacob M. Appel's short-story collection The Amazing Mr. MoralityThis is his eighth story collection. 

  • The New Yorker magazine reviewed Akil Kumarasamy's short-story collection Half Gods, in "A Debut Collection Explores Strife, Trauma, and 'a Lifetime of Loving Strangers.' " Farrar, Straus and Giroux released the book on June 5th. 

  • Territory,  a literary project about maps and other strange objects, published Nina Boutsikaris' essay "That's All, I Don't Even Think of You That Often." 

  • Mara Reinstein profiled the actor Kevin Costner for a cover story in Parade magazine. 

  • Gabrielle Bellot's essay "Volcano Dreams" is up at Medium, part of the Unruly Bodies series curated by author Roxane Gay. 

  • Ian S. Port's forthcoming nonfiction book The Birth of Loud is now available for pre-order. Scribner will release it in January.

  • Penguin Books revealed the cover for Seth Fried's forthcoming novel The Municipalists, which is also now available for pre-order. 

  • Joe Okonkwo's short story "The Girls' Table" is included in the anthology Strength, Volume 1, released by Snow Leopard Publishing and benefitting the It Gets Better Project. 

  • "A female Doctor may be a first in Doctor Who history...but strong, capably women have been a staple of the show, right from its inception," writes Jessica Sticklor (under her author's name Jessica Stilling) in "Aztecs, Alien Trysts, and TARDIS Repair—All in a Day's Work for Barbara Wright," for Tor.com.

  • Michael Montlack's poem "The Bachelor's Dilemma" is in the New Orleans Review

  • Lev A.C. Rosen talks with fellow YA author Greg Howard about the "bold characterizations of gay boys we don't see taking center stage very often in YA lit and movies," for LGBTQ Reads

  • Jennifer Keishin Armstrong listed "Five Things You Didn't Know About Sex and the Cityfor Parade magazine. Her nonfiction book Sex and the City and Us came out June 5th from Simon and Schuster. 

  • Laura Yeager used to hate Ellen DeGeneres. (She's over it.) She explains why in her essay "Breast Cancer, Ellen DeGeneres and Me,"  for Cure Today.

  • Jen Glantz was the guest on the podcast The Bubbly Sesh, discussing the Hallmark movie The Wedding March 3 and dishing about weddings, relationships, and Hallmark movies

July 2018

  • School Library Journal gave a starred review to Lev A.C. Rosen's forthcoming YA novel Jack of Hearts and Other Parts, calling it "an essential addition to library collections that serve teens." 

  • Vanessa King was named to the Downtown 100, a list compiled by Vanity Fair contributing writer George Wayne of New York's "Coolest, Most Relevant, Most Creative, Most Influential, Most Inspiring" people in the entertainment industry. 

  • SoHo Press has released Robert Repino's novel D'arc in paperback. 

  • The Kenyon Review included Meghan Kenny's new novel The Driest Season on its summer reading list, calling it "spare, wise, lyrical, and potent." 

  • Jil Picariello reviewed the Off-Broadway play Torch Song Trilogy for ZealNYC, calling it "a not-so-gentle reminder of how far we’ve come, not that it doesn’t seem like very tenuous growth lately."

  • Ashley Shelby reviewed three new nonfiction books about humans and our fascination with (and possible destruction of) the North and South Poles, in "To The Poles — Before They Started Melting," for the New York Times

  • En Route, a short film co-written and directed by Pamela Harris, was a selection of the Lighthouse International Film Festival

  • Nightmare magazine published Seth Fried's short story "Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre."

  • The New Yorker magazine published Weike Wang's short story "Omakase." 

  • Michael Montlack's poem "To My Birth Mother" appears in The Columbia Poetry Review.

  • For New York magazine, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong got together with four former Sex and the City writers, and they brainstormed six plot ideas for the show if it were airing in 2018. Jennifer's nonfiction book Sex and the City and Us came out from Simon and Schuster on June 5th. 

  • "That was the only Kate Spade item I’d ever purchased. It was colorful, it was beautiful, and it was a bit irreverent. It also said to world, 'Cancer didn’t get the best of me,' " writes Laura Yeager in her tribute to Kate Spade, "Eat Cake for Breakfast," published by PyschCentral.

  • Atria Books released Jen Glantz's nonfiction book When You Least Expect It: Essays on Living Without a Five-Year Plan in paperback on June 5. 

  • The Soufan Center released The Forgotten War: The Ongoing Disaster in Yemen, about the worst humanitarian crisis in the world right now, written by Benjamin Buchholz. 

  • Saint Julien Press released Elizabeth Cohen's poetry collection The Patron Saint of Cauliflower.

  • "When voices on the internet become so loud and so vitriolic that artists are afraid to experiment and make mistakes, something very dangerous is happening in our society," says Nora Raleigh Baskin in a talk for TEDx

  • Ada Calhoun talks about selling her upcoming nonfiction book as an audiobook to Audible before selling a print edition, in the New York Times article "Want to Read Michael Lewis's Next Work? You'll Have to Listen to It First."

  • Entropy published Kelly Caldwell's essay "Perihelion," as part of its series On Weather. 

  • Soundtracka playlist/!mix-tape created for the Queens Museum's Mel Chin: All Over the Place exhibit, features Jennifer Marie Brissett reading from her novel Elysium, and is about the length of the average NYC subway ride.

  • James Bosley has been selected as a 2018 member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab

June 2018