Columbia Selects

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

Zeeshan Pathan is a poet, translator, and artist living in Istanbul, Turkey, and New York City. His poems have been featured or are forthcoming in Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Lily Poetry Review, and an anthology of contemporary American Muslim Writings by Red Hen Press. He has recently completed his first full length collection of poetry, The Minister of Disturbances, which has been a finalist for a number of prizes, including the Kundiman Poetry Prize and London’s Eyewear Sexton & Beverly Prizes. He holds an MFA from Columbia University in the City of New York. 

Jane Marchant is a writer, photographer, and collage artist from Berkeley, California. She manages the Literary Awards Program at PEN America, and earned her BA and MFA from Columbia University’s nonfiction writing programs, where she served as co-president of Our Word, a student group advocating for diversity and inclusion. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Apogee, Facility: A Magazine about Bathrooms, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century. She is currently at work on a memoir about her grandmother's racial passing. 

Tom Fugalli
holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and lives in New Rochelle. He is the author of The Mind-Body Problem, a chapbook of prose poems (Right Hand Pointing, 2018). His work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Forklift Ohio, The Western Humanities Review, Voicemail Poems, and elsewhere. He is currently working on his first full-length collection.

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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