Columbia Selects

September 5, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Columbia Selects

Our lineup this month:

Elaine Johanson is a writer, photographer, and ceramicist living in Philadelphia. Her poems have appeared in Sugar House Review, RHINO Poetry, and jubilat, among others. She is currently working on a novel about growing up biracial on Philadelphia's Main Line, and a collection of poems/photographs with photographer Jan Almquist, based on her family's experiences during and after the Korean War. 

Jae Won Edward Chung was born in Seoul, grew up in Philly, and received his graduate education in New York. His fiction, translation, and criticism have appeared in Apogee JournalWashington Square Review, and Boston Review. He teaches Korean literature, history, and visual culture at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Jae Won is currently working on two books: a monograph on South Korean depictions of daily life across literature, photography, and cinema from 1948 to 1960, and a novel, which is a secret. 

Kelly Crisp lives in New York City and upstate New York. She writes about trauma, women, and violence. Her account of the heroic women who survived the Golden State Killer’s earliest violent spree appeared in Rolling Stone, and is currently being expanded into a book and film treatment. Kelly is also writing a novel set in the Deep South about a family of itinerant survivalists—fishers, farmers, grifters—getting into and out of jams, at the precarious and magical moment just before chemical companies, big farming, and aquaculture transformed the natural and economic landscape of North Carolina forever. 

Previously, Kelly founded and toured worldwide with the art rock band The Rosebuds. She has seven full-length albums, over 200 published songs, and twenty-two top-secret volumes of hand-written tour journals that absolutely cannot be published during the lifetimes of any parties involved. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she was also a teaching fellow, and a MA in Language and Literature from UNC Wilmington.

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 2021!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.

Come for the talent. Stay for the camaraderie and cocktails.
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