2013 Archive


13-Part CUNY TV Series Focuses on Top Irish Writers

"A groundbreaking new 13-part series on contemporary Irish writers in America will commence on CUNY TV, beginning November 22. Twenty-three contemporary Irish and Irish American writers with international reputations will be profiled in this unprecedented display of Irish creative talent... The names participating are a who’s who of the top tier of contemporary Irish and Irish American writers including John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Colum McCann, Pete Hamill, Edna O’Brien, Alice McDermott, Jimmy Breslin and Joseph O’Neill." >>


Oscar Hijuelos, Who Won Pulitzer for Tale of Cuban-American Life, Dies at 62

"Mr. Hijuelos graduated from Louis D. Brandeis High School in Manhattan and attended several colleges in New York City, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Fine Arts from City College. 'Our House in the Last World,' his first novel, was published in 1983." >>


Professor Adam Berlin to Publish Post-9/11 Novel That Explores Grief

"Berlin, a faculty member in the English department and a seasoned, award-winning writer, does not use the crutch of sentimentality and romanticism, but is loyal to his characters' plight in that he follows the onerous process of contending with death, unresolved conflicts, regret, torn friendships and new love severed at its beginnings.” >>


Colum McCann Talks New Novel 'TransAtlantic' and Narrative4

"[T]here is also a large part of me that delights - absolutely delights - in the success of my students and how they swell up the lungs of the world. I'm never happier than when a student brings out a book.” >>


Brooklynite's Debut Novel Explores 1920s Mississippi

"Bill Cheng received a BA in creative writing from Baruch College and is a graduate of Hunter College's MFA program. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife. 'Southern Cross the Dog' is his first novel.” >>


Three Brooklyn College MFA Faculty Members Win Guggenheim Fellowship

"'We hit the trifecta,' said poet and emeritus professor Louis Asekoff, one of three newly-minted Guggenheim Fellows with poet Ben Lerner, who wrote the critically acclaimed novel ‘Leaving the Atocha Station,’ and playwright Erin Courtney, who co-founded the Brooklyn Writers Space.  The Flatbush CUNY school trio were among 175 winners chosen from nearly 3,000 U.S. and Canadian contenders from the arts, sciences and humanities.” >>


English Professor George Guida named City Tech 2013 Scholar On Campus

“New York City College of Technology (City Tech) has chosen English Professor George Guida as its 2013 Scholar on Campus for his outstanding work as a poet, fiction writer, critic, editor and teacher… ‘Creativity is a means, but, more importantly, it is an end in itself,’ Dr. Guida says … ‘For me, the greatest example of creativity as its own goal is the exercise and the pleasure of human language.’” >>


Jessica Soffer on Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

"[Soffer] went to Hunter College for her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Among her instructors were Peter Carey, two-time winner of the Booker Prize, and Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin. 'Just after he won the National Book Award, there were a lot of people milling around eager for Colum's attention,' she says. 'He somehow, in his charming way, parlayed that attention on his students. There were four of us in my year, which was nice.'" >>


An Interview with Andre Aciman

"So I decided to create an institute where the only people teaching are the best, most visible, most prestigious editors in New York City. An editor sees millions of pieces. They read them fast and make surgical intrusions into a text they hope to publish. That has benefited me tremendously. A writer friend may say, 'Why don’t you alter this?' or 'This may not work.' An editor will say, 'cut,' 'paste,' or, 'How about you give up on this? It’s no good.' An editor, if he or she likes what you’ve done, may help you get published, which is the mission." >>