In 2013, The New School Writing Program's faculty and alumni published a staggering 50+ books.  Last Thursday night at Wollman Hall, to honor the occasion, Writing at The New School held its First Annual Alumni & Faculty Book Party.

Luis Jaramillo, Interim Director of the School of Writing, opened the ceremony with his congratulations to the authors, and discussed the importance of marking accomplishments of alumni and fostering a community of writers.  “It’s important to share our writing lives.”

Among the honorees was Mary G. Thompson, '12 MFA, author of Escape from the Pipe Men (Clarion Books). Thompson was excited to come back to The New School and celebrate with her contemporaries.  “There are lots of people here that I don’t know from previous years,” Thompson said. “People are happy to have wine and cheese, and be able to hang out with each other. It’s good the department is doing more events to bring alumni together. I like getting together with other alumni.”

The inaugural event was attended by over 150 guests, which included current MFA students.  “There are so many great books published by MFA graduates in 2013,” said Emily O’Neill, an MFA student concentrating in fiction. “I’m so happy to be here. What a fabulous event.”

2007 graduate Julie Sarkissian, whose novel Dear Lucy was published by Simon & Schuster last April, spoke with current students about returning to The New School. “It feels so good,” Sarkissian said. “I credit The New School for teaching me so many different things, giving me so much confidence, and giving me a thick skin. It feels like coming back home, and speaking to the current students is the coolest part. Publishing is a mixed bag, but school was the fun part.”

“This is the first of the annual book parties,” said Lori Lynn Turner, Associate Director of Administration. “It’s so amazing to see all these published books. It’s a very exciting evening for The New School.”

Honorees:

  • Alysia Abbott, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, W. W. Norton
  • Robert Antoni, As Flies to Whatless Boys, Akashic Books
  • Caela Carter, Me, Him, Them & It, Bloomsbury
  • Selena Castrovilla, Revolutionary Friends, Calkins Creek
  • Jackie Clark, Aphoria, Brooklyn Arts Press
  • Jennifer Close, The Smart Ones, Vintage
  • Shanna Compton, Brink, Bloof Books
  • Jonathan Dee, A Thousand Pardons: A Novel, Random House
  • Carter Edwards, The Aversive Clause, Black Lawrence Press
  • Siobhan Fallon, Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, DeCapo
  • Jenny Feldon, Karma Gone Bad: How I learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood and Water, Sourcebooks
  • Adam Fitzgerald, The Late Parade: Poems, Liveright (Norton)
  • Jennifer Fortin, We Lack in Equipment & Control, H_NGM_N Books
  • Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, Fire With Fire, Simon & Schuster
  • Corey Ann Haydu, OCD Love Story, Simon Pulse
  • Tom Healy, Animal Spirits, Monk Books
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, Yale University Press; Who Said, Copper Canyon Press
  • Anne Heltzel, The Ruining, Penguin/Razorbill
  • Ann Hood, The Obituary Writer: A Novel, W. W. Norton
  • Steven Karl, Dork Swagger, Coconut Books
  • Erica Kaufman, Instant Classic, Roof Books
  • Adam Klein, The Gifts of the State and Other Stories: New Writing from Afghanistan, Dzanc Books
  • Suzanne LaFleur, Listening for Lucca, Wendy Lamb Books
  • James Lasdun, Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Amy Lawless, My Dead, Octopus Books
  • David Lehman, New and Selected PoemsBest American Poetry 2013; Best American Poetry 25th Anniversary Edition, Scribner
  • David Samuel Levinson, Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence, Algonquin Books
  • David Levithan, Every Day; Two Boys Kissing, Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Dan Magers, Partyknife, Birds, LLC
  • Mike McDonough, Radiocartography, Straw Gate Books
  • Patrick McGrath, Constance: A Novel, Bloomsbury
  • Gina Myers, Hold It Down, Coconut Books
  • Danielle Pafunda, Natural History Rape Museum, Bloof Books
  • Christopher Pastore, Temple to the Wind: Nathanael Herreshoff and the Yacht That Transformed the America’s Cup, Lyons Press
  • Darryl Pinckney, awarded the The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature
  • Christie Ann Reynolds, Revenge for Revenge, Coconut Books
  • Julie Sarkissian, Dear Lucy: A Novel, Simon & Schuster
  • Robert Siek, Purpose and Devil Piss, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Amanda Smeltz, Imperial Bender, Typecast
  • Nicole Steinberg, Getting Lucky, Spooky Girlfriend Press
  • Kiely Sweatt, origin of, Patasola Press
  • Benjamin Taylor, Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay, Putnam; awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Craig Morgan Teicher, To Keep Love Blurry, BOA Editions
  • Mary G. Thompson, Escape from the Pipemen!, Clarion
  • Matthew Thorburn, This Time Tomorrow, Waywiser
  • Jessica Verdi, My Life After Now, Sourcebooks
  • Helen Wan, The Partner Track, St. Martin's Press
  • Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877, Harper
  • Mario Alberto Zambrano, Loteria: A Novel, Harper

-1-1Paul Florez is currently receiving his MFA in fiction at The New School. He is a contributor for the Huffington Post and his work has also appeared in Slice MagazineQueerty, and The Advocate. You can follow his misadventures over on twitter @mrpaulflorez.

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