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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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Other Side of the Room – Jen Wolkin

MFA student Jennifer Wolkin has awoken–and is getting poems into journals like a hurricane on fire! Check out these two poems in Dreamers CW: Other Side of the Room

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Four Poems by Sylvia Beato-Davis

MFA alum Sylvia Beato-Davis has four (count ’em!) poems in EuropeNow.  Take a gander!  (Take it where?) Four Poems by Sylvia Beato-Davis

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Jonathan Alexandratos’ New Play Features Greek-Albanian Experience

Spotlight on MFA alum Jonathan Alexandratos–the reading of his latest play Words Cannot Describe This got a write-up in The National Herald. Jonathan Alexandratos’ New Play Features Greek-Albanian Experience Much love to Jonathan and to the Mission to Ditmars organization!

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Sylvia Beato Wins the Birdhouse Prize

Ghostbird Press, in collaboration with the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, is proud to announce Sylvia Beato as the winner of the 2018 Birdhouse Prize!  Her chapbook, Allegiances, will be published in 2019 by Ghostbird Press.   The Birdhouse Prize is awarded annually to a graduating student of the Queens College MFA […]

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Julia Johanne Tolo wins the 2018 Loose Translations Prize!

We are so happy to report that MFA Poetry student Julia Johanne Tolo has won the 2018 Loose Translations prize for her manuscript Anne by Norwegian author Paal-Helge Haugen. Here is a brief overview:   Anne by Paal-Helge Haugen was first published in Norway in 1968, and was soon considered a modern classic. The book […]

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Bridge to Baraka

Bridge to Baraka Tuesday, October 9th @ 7:30PM 410 West 42nd Street, NYC MFA alum Yvette Heyliger is performing her one-woman-show Bridge to Baraka as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival this coming Tuesday! Apparently, it’s inspired by a class Yvette took on Black Literature during her time here at QC, so it’s super […]

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miCRo: “Dissecting the Tay Whale” and “Odontocetiphilia” by Rajiv Mohabir

MFA alum Rajiv Mohabir has two devastating poems in The Cincinnati Review–you can read them, or listen to audio tracks of Rajiv reading them, here: https://www.cincinnatireview.com/micro/micro-dissecting-the-tay-whale-and-odontocetiphilia-by-rajiv-mohabir/

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X-Men: Grand Design – Don Kelly

MFA alum Don Kelly is talking X-Men for his latest review for Spectrum Culture: X-Men: Grand Design: by Ed Piskor

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NIOQUE OF THE EARLY-SPRING – TRANS. BY JONATHAN LARSON

MFA alum Jonathan Larson has a piece on LitHub–an excerpt from Francis Ponge’s novel, Nioque of the Early-Spring.  It’s too cool! Check it out: https://lithub.com/nioque-of-the-early-spring/

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Jennifer Celestin in Hawai’i Review 87

MFA alum Jennifer Celestin is in the latest issue of Hawai’i Review!  Check it out: http://hawaiireview.org/hawaii-review-87-online 

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Jonathan Alexandratos Wins the Greenhouse Project!

MFA alum Jonathan Alexandratos is the co-winner of the 2018 Greenhouse Project from The Strange Sun Theatre! You can catch his award-winning play, We see What Happen, on May 20th at The Drama League (32 Avenue of the Americas) at 3PM. For more information on the prize, check out the Strange Sun website: https://www.strangesuntheater.com/ Congrats, Jonathan!

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