The New School Creative Writing Program is proud to announce its list of 2018 alumni and faculty book publications. This year, 27 books have been published by alumni of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and 11 books have been published by faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program. Faculty member Sigrid Nunez highlighted this year's list with her novel The Friend (Penguin Random House) which won the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction.

The list includes publications from the "Big Four" publishing houses, university presses, and independent publishers. All four genres of study offered by the MFA in Creative Writing Program are represented: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children and young adults.

Every year, the Creative Writing Program celebrates these authors with its annual book party. The 2018 authors will be celebrated on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30pm in Wollman Hall, 65 W. 11th Street. Please RSVP to

Congratulations to all!

*If you published a book this year or know of a fellow MFA alumni who published a book, please let us know by emailing and we will add you to this list. 

2018 Creative Writing Alumni Books

Heather Abel ’01, The Optimistic Decade, Algonquin Books

Nancy Abrams ’08, The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia, West Virginia University Press

Jaclyn Alexander ’13, Love Orange Light Warm, Finishing Line Press

Lisa Marie Basile ’12, Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis, Fair Winds Press

Janet Beard, The Atomic City Girls, William Morrow

Dhonielle Clayton ’12, The Belles, Freeform

Andrew Cotto ’08, Cucina Tipica: An Italian Adventure, Black Rose Writing

Connor Coye ’07, Urbantasm, Gothic Funk Press

Kheryn Callender ’14, Hurricane Child, Scholastic Press, and This is Kind of an Epic Love Story, HarperCollins

Amy Gall ’12 and Sarah Gerard ’12, Recycle, Pacific Publications

M. García '09, The Resolutions, HarperCollins

Lenea Grace ’12, A Generous Latitude, ECW Press

Anna Hecker ’05, When the Beat Drops, Sky Pony Press

Jeff T. Johnson ’11, Trouble Songs: A Musicological Poetics, Punctum Books

Suzanne LaFleur '08, Counting to Perfect, Wendy Lamb Books

Caron Levis, ‘08, Stop That Yawn, Atheneum / Simon & Schuster

Alcy Leyva , And Then There Were Crows, Black Spot Books

Anna Meriano ’15, Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble, HarperCollins

Jessie Paddock '17, Gemini Academy, Scholastic, Inc. *available only at Scholastic Book fairs

Jacqueline Resnick ’09, Raffie on the Run, Roaring Book Press/Macmillin

Julia Lynn Rubin ’17, Burro Hills, Diversion Books

Greg Santos ’09, Blackbirds, Eyewear Publishing

Robert Siek ’99,  We Go Seasonal, Sibling Rivalry Press

Sarah Nicole Smetana ’13, The Midnights, HarperCollins

Keri Smith ’16, Dragging Anchor, Small Press Distribution

Laura Esther Wolfson ’07, For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors, University of Iowa Press


2018 Creative Writing Faculty Books

Carol Goodman, The Widow’s House, William Morrow; and The Metropolitans, Viking Books for Young Readers

Nick Fowler, My Virtuous Sister, Upper Hand Press

Shelley Jackson, Riddance, Catapult

Caron Levis, Stop That Yawn!, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Katia Lief (as Karen Ellis), A Map of the Dark, Mulholland Books

Sigrid Nunez, The Friend, Penguin Random House

Dale Peck, Night Soil, Soho Press

Nahid Rachlin, A Way Home, Ravenna Press

Helen Schulman, Come With Me, HarperCollins

Susan Shapiro, The Byline Bible, Writer’s Digest Books



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