Students' Publications

When I asked all former fellows of the Writers’ Institute to send me their list of publications, I had no idea that I would be deluged by the sheer volume of success stories in the print media.  Let me highlight three of the most recent: Menachem Kaiser ’14, Nathan Thrall ’08, and Valeria Luiselli ’09.

Menachem Kaiser book cover - Plunder

Here are two reviews of Menachem Kaiser’s Plundered (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt):

Menachem’s pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tablet, Slate, and Vogue.

Nathan Thrall book cover - The Only Language They Understand

Our other and enduring success story is Nathan Thrall. Nathan has remained visible from the moment he started publishing in 2008. His latest piece came out this March in The New York Review of Books, where he is a regular contributor. He also writes for The London Review of Books The New York TimesThe New RepublicGQSlateThe Guardian. He has appeared on the BBCNPR, and CNN. His reports on the Middle East are frequently quoted by many journalists, especially The New York Times. His book was published in 2017 The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine (Metropolitan Books).

Our third and prestigious success is Valeria Luiselli who became not only an international but a serious literary success with the publication of Lost Children Archive (2019), Tell me How It Ends (2017), and The Story of My Teeth (2015).

Valeria Luiselli's three book covers

Following are selected published pieces by our fellows:

Making Conversation in Modernist Fiction. The Ohio State University Press. 2019.

"All Together Now.” Film Quarterly. August 20, 2020.

“Who’s Teaching the Teachers?” The Chronicle of Higher Education.  February 20, 2018.

"What Ferrante Learned from Woolf.” The TLS Online. May 4, 2017

"Why TV Needs ‘Weak’ Female Characters.” The Atlantic. December 4, 2016.

Pat the Bunny Is Kind of Twisted, and Other Lessons I Learned from Picture Books.” Salon. July 1, 2016.

The Future is Almost Now.” The Atlantic. May 15, 2016.

The Unbearable Darkness of Prestige Television.” The Atlantic. July 8, 2015.

The Show Must Go On: Why Don’t We Want Our TV Shows to End?” The Los Angeles Review of Books. April 17, 2014.

Not So Hot for Teacher.” The New York Times Magazine. September 16, 2012.

"Rebecca Messbarger’s The Lady Anatomist.” Bookforum. Feb/March, 2010.  

“Not Your Mother’s Literary Classics.” Chronicle of Higher Education. October 25. 2009.

“What Happened to Us.” Granta. August 14, 2013.

“A Gentle Madness.” Granta.  April 4, 2012.

“Abbottabad Pastoral.” Granta. September 9, 2011.

The magic and medicine of Rudolph Fisher.” Motif Magazine (Rhode Island's alt-monthly). January 27, 2021.

“Life mission.” Motif Magazine. February 23, 2021.

“Fastening a coffee fixture in Providence.” Motif Magazine. March 12, 2020.

“When the storm is on top of us.” Motif Magazine. February 12, 2020.

“The other side of lonesome.” Motif Magazine. February 15, 2020.

“Milling two years of Riffraff.” Motif Magazine. December 23, 2019.

Last Call on Decatur Street. Park Row Books, 2020.

The Little Clan: a Novel. Park Row Books, 2018.

The Call of Kiev.” The New York Times. April 17, 2009.

Journey Back to Old Cairo.” The New York Sun. July 2, 2007.

In search of Old Bavaria,” The New York Sun. June 13, 2007. 

"Gordo and Mayra’s First Night in America." Catapult. Novemember 30, 2018.

"Call if You’re Feeling Lonely.The New York Times. February 12, 2014

"A Survivor Story.Carve Magazine. July 15, 2017.

My Dinner with Dr. King.” The New York TImes. April 3, 2013.

Pynchon, Thomas. The Cyring of Lot 49Translated by Yu-Yun Hsieh. Nanjing. Yilin Press, 2018.

"Eileen Chang's Changes: From Love in Redland to Naked Earth.Open Letters Monthly. August 10, 2020.

"324: Dispatches from Taipei." n+1. March 27, 2014.

"The Matter of Forking Consequences: Translating Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince." World Literature Today. January 31, 2017.

"Rita Ackermann: Mama '19.The Brooklyn Rail. April 04, 2020.

"Hernan Bas: Developing TiME LiFE." The Brooklyn Rail. May 06, 2020.

"Mulyana & Iwan Effendi: Jumping the Shadow." The Brooklyn Rail. July 31, 2020.

"Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve." The Brooklyn Rail. July 19, 2019.

"Julia Scher: American Promises." The Brooklyn Rail. June 13, 2019.

"Auriea Harvey: Year Zero." The Brooklyn Rail. April 12, 2021.

"The Bardo: Unpacking the (un)Real." The Brooklyn Rail. May 28, 2021. 

"The Game of Life - Emergence in Generative Art." The Brooklyn Rail. September 4, 2020. 

"William Corwin: Green Ladder." The Brooklyn Rail. April 7, 2021. 

"The Tree of Life." The Brooklyn Rail. July 3, 2020. 

"Claudia Hart: The Ruins." The Brooklyn Rail. October 1, 2020. 

"Mary Mattingly: Pipelines and Permafrost." The Brooklyn Rail. December 9, 2020. 

"The Archive to Come." The Brooklyn Rail. December 10, 2020. 

"Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented, 1918–1939." The Brooklyn Rail. March 5, 2021.

"David Reed: New Paintings." The Brooklyn Rail. January 29, 2020.

"Manfred Mohr: A Formal Language." The Brooklyn Rail. October 1, 2019. 

"Still/Live." The Brooklyn Rail. April 29, 2021.

"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." The Brooklyn Rail. November 3, 2019. 

"Robert Morris: Monumentum 2015–2018."  The Brooklyn Rail. December 10, 2019.

"Art Story." The Brooklyn Rail. October 31, 2014. 

Lunch PortraitsBrooklyn Arts Press. 2016.

"Secret Sharing: A Family Story." Cross the Narrows. September 22, 2020. 

"Michael McKee and the long, good fight for housing justice in New York." Cross the Narrows. January 16, 2020. 

"This Memorial Day, A Lost World At Cedar Grove Beach.City Limits. May 29, 2011. 

"Revolution in the Mirror: Life Imitates Art in the Middle East and North Africa." PopMatters. April 7, 2011. 

"Staten Island’s Black History, Revisited." City Limits. March 15, 2011.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Nostalgia for the ’60s in TVPopMatters. 
February 9, 2011. 

"Book review: “Perception at the Pitch of Passion." Cross the Narrows. April 24, 2020. 

"And While It Lasted, It Was Wonderful." The Morning News. October 14, 2010. 

"Stereoblind." The Morning News. March 17, 2009. 

"A View Across the Bay." The Morning News. September 11, 2008.

"Memorare." The Morning News. June 10, 2008.

"The Year of the Grey Rabbit." The Morning News. March 6, 2008.

"Known for Her Crumb Cake." The Morning News. January 23, 2008.

"Song of the Cuckoo." No Depression: The Journal of Roots Music. November 6, 2009

Barcelona. Radius Books. 2013.

Los Jardines de México. Radius Books. 2011.

 PresenceBurchfield Penney Art Center at Suny Buffalo State. 2014.

Another Way of Looking at Love​. Radius Books. 2018.

"War Is Only Half the Story, Vol. 5." photo eye. March 21, 2013.

 "New Colour Guide by John MacLean,” photo-eye. February 7, 2013.

Sitting for Mrs. Siegfried,” On the Sea Wall, February 16, 2021.

Nest, Photographs by Janet Holmes, essay by Janelle Lynch and Kathy Stevens, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2020.

“Vientre,” by Nadia del Pozo." photo-eye. July 1, 2019.

"The Heavens by Barbara Bosworth". photo-eye.December 2018.

 "Good Luck with the Future," by Rita Puig-Costa Serra and Dani Pujalte." photo-eye. March 16, 2018.

"The Helsinki School: From the Past to the Future." Afterimage. Fall 2015, Vol. 43, No. 3, p. 43.

"Where Mimosa Bloom," by Rita Puig-Costa Serra." photo-eye. February 19, 2015.

"The Way to the Golden Mountain," by Xiaoxiao Xu." photo-eye. December 31, 2014.

"Ana Mendieta: Traces.” photo-eye. December 8, 2014.

"Tochter," by Clara Bahlsen." photo-eye. October 9, 2014.

"Historia, memoria y silencios by Lorena Guillén Vaschetti.” Afterimage. January/February 2013, vol. 40, no. 4, p. 43.

 “A Digital Legacy: Christine Elfman in Context.” Loupe. June 2012, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 26-30.

“Jesseca Ferguson: Photo Objects.” Loupe. June 2012, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 2-9.

“Michael Kolster: A River Lost and Found.” Loupe. June 2012, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 7-10.

 “Richard Sobol: Island of Dreams.” Loupe. June 2012, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 11-15.

 “Fotografía en Libros - Desde Arles.” MU. October 2009, no. 82, pp. 22-23.

“AIPAD Fería de Fotografía, NYC, Speers y Core.” MU. May 2009, no. 79, pp. 11-13.

 “Arles Book Award Exhibit.” MU. September 2008, no. 71, pp. 18-21.

 “City’s Edge: Photographs by Daniel Traub.” MU. June 2008, no. 69, pp. 30-31.

 "2013 Artist in Residence Blog.” Burchfield Penney Art Center. 2013.

 "Historia, memoria y silencios.” The Photo Review. 2013, vol. 30, no. 3, p. 45.

"Apocalyptabuse, or How to Survive The End.”Killing the Buddha. May 6 2020.

Green Remains.” Spiral Magazine. Rubin Museum, 2020 issue.

Why we love robotic dogs, puppets and dolls.”The Conversation. September 13, 2018.

"How Images Change Our Race Bias." The Conversation. April 23, 2018. (Reprinted in, Daily Beast)

“Once More To the Pond.” Harvard Review; Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2020. November 2, 2020.

"Dispatch from the Pandemic: Michigan's Upper Peninsula.” MarketWatch/Wall Street Journal Digital. Aug. 25, 2020.

Dispatch from the Pandemic: New York City (MarketWatch/Wall Street Journal Digital). April 15, 2020.

“Modern Love: The Mystery of the Holiday Fruitcake, Solved!” The New York Times. Dec. 21, 2018.

"Yesterday is a Wild Parrot.” target="_blank" Wildness; Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018. 

"A Personal History of Staring.” Hotel America; Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013.  

"Frequently Asked Questions Before Your First Knife Fight." Coda Quarterly #1. (CUNY Writers' Institute, October 2015).

"A Radioactive Money Pit." Harper’s Magazine. February 2016.

Response to "The Making of a Model Minority," essay by A. VenugopalThe Atlantic. April 2021.

“Spider-Man: Make My Day” from Marvel #1, written by Sajan Saini and illustrated by Frank Espinosa, Marvel Comics (Marvel Entertainment, Inc., January 2020).

A Star for Us. Princeton Plasma Physics Lavoratory. Spring 2015.

"Ideas Illustrated: The Blue Dot". Princeton EQuad News. Summer 2014.

"Ideas Illustrated: How much of our electricity can we get from solar?". Princeton EQuad News. Winter 2014. 

"You are more transparent than you think." TED-Ed Originals. (TED Conferences, June 2019).​

"How do self-driving cars “see”?." TED-Ed Originals. (TED Conferences, May 2019).​

"The hidden network that makes the internet possible." TED-Ed Originals.(TED Conferences, April 2019).​

"What is the universe expanding into?." TED-Ed Originals. (TED Conferences, September 2018).​

"Will we ever be able to teleport?." TED-Ed Originals. (TED Conferences, July 2017).​

"How do nuclear power plants work?." TED-Ed Originals. (TED Conferences, May 2017).​

The War of Return. All Points Books. 2020.

You Had Me at Pet Nat. Hachette Books. 2021.

“This Stowaway Plant Is Here to Stay.” Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene; Stanford University Press Digital Project. 2021.

I Give You Half the RoadUniversity of Wisconsin Press. 2021.

“A Line Through the Heart of Paris, the French Prime Meridian.” Guernica Magazine. 2015.

“The Ghosts of Memphis.” Oxford American. Summer 2014.

A weekly newsletter. At The End Of the Day

Privacy Is Power. Penguin 2020 / Melville House 2021. 

"You've Heard of Tax Havens. After Brexit, the UK Could Become a 'Data Haven'." Guardian. 17 October 2020. 

"Privacy During the Pandemic and Beyond.The Philosophers’ Magazine. 2020, 90 107-113.

The Ethics of AI’, in Hawking, Stephen and Lucy, Unlocking the Universe.  Puffin Books. 2020. 334-339.

"Privacy is a Collective Concern." New Statesman. 22 October 2019.

"Privacy is Power.Aeon. 2 September 2019.

Por Qué es Importante Proteger Nuestra Privacidad en Internet (‘Why it’s Important to Protect our Privacy Online’)The New York Times, Spanish Edition. 4 April 2018.

Why It’s So Hard to Teach an A.I. “Common Sense." Slate. 19 March 2018.

"The Challenge of Determining Whether an A.I. Is Sentient.Slate. 14 April 2016.  

"How Europe is Fighting to Change Tech Companies’ “Wrecking Ball” Ethics’ (co-authored with Julia Powles). Guardian. 30 January 2016.

"Should Airline Pilots Have Less Medical Privacy?." The Conversation (republished in the Daily Mail). 15 April 2015.

Tom Petty’s Southern Accents. Bloomsbury Academic. 2019.

“Seeing Together: Care, Community, and Connection in Jeff Sharlet's This Brilliant DarknessThe Los Angeles Review of Books. April 25, 2020.

A review of Marilynne Robinson's When I Was A Child I Read BooksThe Sunday Boston Globe. March 25, 2012.

"Decomposure: A Profile of Caitlin Doughty, Medievalist, Mortician, and Youtube Personality". The University of Chicago Magazine. March–April 2013.

“Appalachia Used to be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness is Frightening.” The New Republic. November 5, 2013. 

Review of Hali Felt's SoundingsThe New York Times Book Review. January 25, 2013

“36 Hours in Louisville.” The New York Times Travel Section. March 31, 2011. 

Forget Russia. Tailwinds Press. December 2020.

"They Could Not Forget Russia." Jewish Book Council. January 20, 2021.

"What to Do When You Are Struggling to Finish a Manuscript." 
WordMothers. January 17, 2021.

Forget Russia: a Q&A with L. Bordetsky-Williams at Lilith by Yona Zeldis McDonough, February 3, 2021.