finalCongratulations to The New School Creative Writing alumni and faculty members who made best of 2016 book lists! These books are among the 40 books published by Creative Writing alumni and 13 published by Creative Writing faculty this year.

We will update this list as more best-of lists are published.

Note: If you know of a book by an alum or faculty member that is a best-of list, please let us know and we will add it to this list!

Best Books of 2016 by MFA Alumni and Faculty


NPR- Best Books of 2016
Stephanie Danler, MFA ’12, Sweetbitter
Caron Levis, MFA ’08, Ida, Always

Publisher’s Weekly- Best Books of 2016
Jade Sharma, MFA ’12, Problems


New York Times - The Season’s Best New Graphic Novels
Amy Kurzweil, MFA ’13, Flying Couch

Buzzfeed- Best Books of 2016
Stephanie Danler, MFA ’14, Sweetbitter

Huffington Post- 18 Best Fiction Books of 2016
Jade Sharma, MFA ’12, Problems

Esquire- The 25 Best Books of 2016
Jade Sharma, MFA ’12, Problems
Stephanie Danler, MFA ’14, Sweetbitter


Refinery 29- Best Books of 2016


Jennifer Close, MFA ’06, The Hopefuls
Stephanie Danler, MFA ’14, Sweetbitter

Vulture- The 10 Best Books of 2016
Jade Sharma, ’12, Problems

Kirkus Review - Best Memoirs of 2016
Amy Kurzweil, MFA ’13, Flying Couch

Feminist Press Staff Picks: Best Books of 2016
Stephanie Danler, MFA ’14, Sweetbitter

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.