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Art as an Act of Resilience

Art as an Act of Resilience

Jai Chakrabarti’s debut novel A Play for the End of the World tells a story of art as an act of protest in times of war.

A Speechwriter Comes Home

A Speechwriter Comes Home

M.F.A. student Sarah Gouda left a fast-paced job at the White House writing speeches for Vice President Kamala Harris to pick up where she left off in the creative writing program at Brooklyn College.

Teacher, Poet, Restaurateur

Teacher, Poet, Restaurateur

Emily Hyland ’06 M.F.A. ’09 M.A. is enthusiastic about her three vocations, remaining an educator and publishing poetry while overseeing a growing portfolio of popular pizza restaurants.

On Our Bookshelf

On Our Bookshelf

Brooklyn College’s faculty authors deal with today’s toxic office culture, love and loss, and the controversial life of Rev. Al Sharpton.

A Reading With a Rising Star

A two-time alumnus and new literary darling returns to Brooklyn College to discuss the groundbreaking novel he first workshopped in the M.F.A. program.

Native Tongues

Native Tongues

A new Brooklyn College professor explores African-American English, and finds a campus where the cultural and linguistic diversity speaks her language.

Their Next Meal

Their Next Meal

Sahil Chaudry ’21 investigates the confluence of food insecurity and climate change.

Erasing the Single Story

Erasing the Single Story

Journalist, author, and creative writing M.F.A. student Wadzanai Mhute is intent on flipping stereotypes on their head and showing the world a more nuanced picture of her native Zimbabwe.

Alumni Authors Earn American Book Awards

Alumni Authors Earn American Book Awards

Ocean Vuong ’12 and De’Shawn Charles Winslow ’11 ’13 M.F.A. Recognized for Their Contributions to Multicultural Literature

Calling All COVID Scholars

Calling All COVID Scholars

Faculty members join forces to create an archive for the college community’s tales from the pandemic.

A Newspaperman’s Progress

A Newspaperman’s Progress

Landing at The New York Times right after earning his bachelor’s degree, reporter and writer Derek Norman ’17 has grown to believe that, as a journalist, bearing witness to the human experience is a duty and a privilege.

Literary Scents

Literary Scents

Award-winning author and perfumer Tanaïs says that at the intersection of writing and creating fragrances are deeper stories to be told of culture and politics.

Matthew Freedman ‘99

Matthew Freedman ‘99

Matthew Freedman had his students in mind when he won a prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award this year, enabling the Hudson Valley–based high school English teacher to study education in Finland.

On Writing and Their Latest Books

On Writing and Their Latest Books

Helen Phillips’ The Need finds Molly, a paleobotanist and mother of two, in a fight…
Literary Lights

Literary Luminaries

“There is something quite powerful about having a creative writing program in a city, and…
A Literary Full Circle

A Literary Full Circle

At a time when they are both receiving accolades, authors Helen Phillips ’07 M.F.A. and De’Shawn Charles Winslow ’11, ’13 M.A. meet on campus to reflect on their beginnings in the Brooklyn College creative writing program and how far they have come.