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Briallen Hopper – The best international nonfiction of 2019

QC’s own Briallen Hopper’s book Hard to Love was just named one of the best nonfiction books of 2019 by the CBC (Radio Canada)!  Grab yourself some poutine and check it out! https://www.cbc.ca/books/the-best-international-nonfiction-of-2019-1.5382846?fbclid=IwAR0_W_b9R0OMPlNNN2G7RZDUKh7NtCFQa2YlaFcLdksNEM-k-HMg1jI0Na0

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The Shadow King: by Maaza Mengiste

As you know, QC’s own Maaza Mengiste has just published her latest novel, The Shadow King, so, to entice you, here is MFA alum Don Kelly’s review of the book for Spectrum Culture: The Shadow King: by Maaza Mengiste

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Senryū: The Haiku’s Comic Cousin

The Poetry Society of America has revamped their website, and who do you think had the first piece published on this fancy new page?  Why, QC’s own Kimiko Hahn, of course! Check out her mini essay on the Senryū: https://poetrysociety.org/features/on-poetry/senryu-the-haikus-comic-cousin

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Book Review: Exiles of Eden by Ladan Osman

MFA alum Mary Catherine Ford has a book review up on World Literature Today, about Exiles of Eden by Ladan Osman. Check it out: https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2019/autumn/exiles-eden-ladan-osman?fbclid=IwAR3kyP9VTrso55Zq-AlD9eNSlE9TtN6U7Hg5IOaJG2K4kD_hIq1e7TAZgq4

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Rajiv Mohabir – 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Woah! MFA alum Rajiv Mohabir is a finalist for the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing! So cool, Rajiv! https://restlessbooks.org/blog/2019/9/3/announcing-the-2019-finalists-for-the-restless-books-prize-for-new-immigrant-writing9?fbclid=IwAR1T71m3e-KDn-GUC6oVQG5hUCijeLF1MirKZGCyLSgeue82NqyvEHrMB3M

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NeMLA 2020 – Call for Abstract Proposals

The 51st Northeast Modern Language Association Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5-8, 2020. Paper abstracts are due by September 30, 2019. Poster presentation proposals are due by September 30, 2019. Undergraduate abstracts are due December 1st. Review abstracts rules and more information here

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I Was So Much Older Then, I’m Younger Than That Now, Act 1

MFA student M.A. Pindling has an awesome essay in QC Voices–read it: http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/meganpindling/2019/05/06/i-was-so-much-older-then-im-younger-than-that-now-act-1/

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Queens College MFA at INTAR Theatre

The Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Translation is proud to partner with the fabulous INTAR Theatre to bring you three evenings of free plays! Each year, we select manuscripts from our graduating MFA playwrights for staged readings with a professional Manhattan off-Broadway theatre. INTAR is an organization committed to “bold, innovative, artistically significant […]

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The Thought Project – Episode 51 – Interview with Ammiel Alcalay

QC’s own Ammiel Alcalay was on an episode of The Thought Project podcast, just a few weeks ago.  Ammiel is a poet, translator, critic, scholar, and activist, so you know he has a lot of insight to give–check it out: https://www.gc.cuny.edu/News/Podcasts/Detail?id=48478

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Sylvia Beato -Tupelo Quarterly

Speaking of translation, MFA alum Sylvia Mercedes Beato-Davis has two translations in Tupelo Quarterly this month! You can read them by clicking this link! (Yes, this one!) http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/tag/sylvia-beato/?fbclid=IwAR34sL3M4i_Ss4DHZVE9WuyVXTP7gLYjD4OT-dLxOKQuSQK9TxBUfEWdRl4

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“The Concern of Another Season”: An Interview with Jonathan Larson

MFA alum Jonathan Larson has an interview up on the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) blog, wherein he discusses dictionaries, in-betweenness, philosophies of translation, and poetics with JoAnna Novak. It is awesomesauce! “The Concern of Another Season”: An Interview with Jonathan Larson

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A Bronx Tale in Verse – Ariel Francisco

MFA student Ariel Francisco has an interview up on SUM, a #CUNY initiative publishing the research, scholarship, and creative work of faculty and students at The City University of New York​, about his recent poem in The New Yorker​, among other things. Want to see what he means when he says “Whitman filtered through Lorca?” […]

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Roger Sedarat: Hafez and Saadi’s Substantial Impact on the 19th Century U.S. Literary Tradition

QC’s own Roger Sedarat has this awesome essay on Medium, which covers everything from Roger’s scholarly work on 19th Century literature to code switching between two ethnicities. Have you always wanted to know about where Roger grew up, or his plan for the first Persian late night show? Read on!   https://medium.com/@jahandad.memarian/roger-sedarat-sadi-and-hafez-substantially-underpins-much-of-the-19th-century-u-s-b416607631e6?fbclid=IwAR0AqW9YAIJTu1ZDRhG4r6LRuySqA0Bqwt0nDSfFNUEoiIaTH7Suwqsm2lw

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Catch up with Don Kelly!

MFA alum Don Kelly is still writing articles for Spectrum Culture–catch up on all his work here:   https://spectrumculture.com/author/don-kelly/?fbclid=IwAR0p_aHjuQJVeYvQqNr3PVnuiM7wtuMX96xpL1EnlCF_OKdXi8lHFFohxkQ

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What Manga, Anime, and Japanese History Teaches Us About Loving Robots

MFA alum Jonathan Alexandratos wrote this essay on the history of robots in popular culture! C:\>read_this.exe!!! What Manga, Anime, and Japanese History Teaches Us About Loving Robots

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Ariel Francisco in The New Yorker

Big News!  MFA student Ariel Francisco has a poem in The New Yorker this week! End your week right, and read this gorgeous poem: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/18/along-the-east-river-and-in-the-bronx-young-men-were-singing?fbclid=IwAR2FrUFlbQ2wBIH7F_YBrvPLJNj6saAPU7IzwXraafSyT-JTBne9eoZ4O4k

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Carnations and Cellophane

MFA student Nadia Misir has a new essay on QC Voices, called “Carnations & Cellophane.”  It’s a lyric piece that spans the personal and the political, that touches on faith, shame, and Sex in the City. Go read her incredible work! Carnations and Cellophane

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WOVEN: Catholic Bodies, or Notes From The Kavanaugh Hearings

MFA alum Mary Catherine Ford has an incredibly powerful piece on Entropy right now called “Catholic Bodies, or Notes From The Kavanaugh Hearings.”  It’s part of their WOVEN series–which is dedicated safe space for essays by persons who engage with #MeToo, sexual assault and harassment, and #DomesticViolence, as well as their intersections with mental illness, […]

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2 Poems – Rajiv Mohabir – Kenyon Review

Wowza! MFA alum Rajiv Mohabir has two poems in the Kenyon Review this month! You can read them in the print copy, or listen to Rajiv read them to you here: Selections

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A Better Son – Camila Santos

MFA alum Camila “Thrilla” Santos has a short story in Columbia Journal, called “A Better Son.” I believe I remember her reading part of it at Queens Council on the Arts headquarters as part of a QCA grant thing, and it had me enthralled then,so you should all totally go read it now: A Better […]

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Grief, Gods, and Nails

MFA student Nadia Misir has an awesome essay in Papercuts Magazine called “Grief, Gods, and Nails.”  You should go read it now! http://desiwriterslounge.net/articles/papercuts-nomad-nadia-misir-grief/?fbclid=IwAR1NsURZFfV_cpTTkcMSMGtKyx1EyUtjm83u5t8FrGi5dmuDakDBMnf2K6o

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Brine Issue #2

Brine Literary is already up to issue #2! Not only is Brine a publication founded by two of our alumni, this issue is chock full of QC–work by Kimiko Hahn, John Weir, Brian Matta, Julia Tolo, and a translation contest judged by Rajiv Mohabir, features prominently in this sturdy volume. https://www.brineliterary.com Congratulations to you all!

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Come & Go Literary

The inaugural issue of Come & Go Literary, the journal founded by our alum Nick Campanella, is finally out, and it features work by alums Don “Adams” Kelly and Erik Lee. The 2018 Winter Issue of Come and Go Literary is Finally Here If you like it, you can put a ring on it–and submit to […]

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The Lonely Planet Guide to Diaspora: Part Two

MFA student Nadia Misir has an essay up on QC Voices right now–it is lush and moving and you should check it out now: The Lonely Planet Guide to Diaspora: Part Two

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‘Using Medical Jargon’ by Jennifer Wolkin (VIDEO)

Current MFA student Jennifer Wolkin’s poem, “Using Medical Jargon,” has been shortlisted for the 2018 Live Canon Poetry Prize. http://www.livecanon.co.uk/poetry-competition You can see a video of it being performed by Nichole Bird for the  Live Canon YouTube page:

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