News from the Alumni Community

Below are some exciting announcements from members of the Sarah Lawrence College alumni community. These items are submitted by users of this site, and are not edited for content or accuracy. Sarah Lawrence College reserves the right to remove a posting. Please report any issues or concerns to

Walton Burns ’99

Alphabet Publishing is launching its newest course book series, Integrated Skills Through Drama with the publication of Her Own Worst Enemy by Alice Savage. The series editor is Walton Burns ’99, senior editor of Alphabet Publishing. Each book in the series is a complete curriculum for ESL or ELA classes built around an original one-act play. Students learn communication skills such as pragmatics and pronunciation, do background readings on the theme of the play, and engage in academic and creative writing. And the play itself is fun for students, raising the question of how you chose a major. Aida wants to get a university degree in science. But her performance in a school play has caught the attention of the theatre director at a famous performing arts college. Which passion should she pursue, her love of science or her talent for acting?

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto MFA ’90

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto MFA ’90 shares that her new double book of poetry and short memoir prose is out from Guernica Editions. Hard Candy: caregiving, mourning, and stage light and Pitch Roll Yaw are upside down in relation to one another; a flip book that meets in the middle with a gallery of Lanzillotto's spiral poetry. Book tour events listed at

Frederica Freyberg ’81

Frederica Freyberg ’81, anchor of Wisconsin Public Television’s “Here and Now” program on Friday nights, was profiled in Madison magazine.

Joanne Braxton ’72

Joanne Braxton ’72 was awarded the the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award, given each year to a member of the William & Mary family for “significant service through his or her personal activities, influence and leadership.”

Julie Bolkin O'Connor ’96

Julie Bolkin O'Connor ’96 successfully defended her dissertation to achieve her Ph.D. in Education. Her topic was a study on how students are more motivated to learn when a teacher uses humane education, a type of character education that includes teaching about animal welfare. She is hoping to use the work to improve student motivation and engagement and promote the benefits of teaching humane education among educators.

Adrienne Dawes ’04

Adrienne Dawes ’04 was interviewed for 50 Playwrights Project.

Susan Bingham ’66

The National Opera Association awarded Susan Bingham ’66 a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joan Silber ’67

Improvement, the most recent novel from Writing faculty member Joan Silber ’67 released in November, has been nominated for a National Book Critics Award in Fiction.

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01 was named one of the debut choreographers for the Stephen Petronio Company’s dance residency center in the Catskill Mountains, in upstate New York, which will open in July.

Rachel Marie Kerschhofer ’08

Rachel Marie Kerschhofer ’08 wrote a book of bedtime stories in honor of her legendary grandpa, Mr. Bernard Gross. Everybody Loves Bernie: A book of bedtime stories from a legendary Grandpa is a book of bedtime stories. Stories about children like you – wild adventurers, sneaky siblings, grandma’s favorite helper…These kids are strong and smart, dare I say, even kind! They have fun with their friends, and sometimes get into trouble. Like you, they dream of growing up, and doing something in the world, living happy and free, maybe even having some children of their own.

Thomas Brown MFA ’78

Thomas Brown MFA ’78 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, in recognition of outstanding and distinguished contribution to dance.

Jane M. Saks ’85

Working in America initiative, created by Project& and curated by Jane M. Saks ’85, is currently installed at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch

Laura Checkoway ’00

Edith + Eddie, directed, edited, and produced by Laura Checkoway ’00, has earned a 2018 Academy Award® Nomination for Best Documentary Short. The film recently won the Best Short at the 2017 IDA Documentary Awards.

Rachel Parsons MFA ’17

Rachel Parsons MFA ’17 published an essay, “My Mother’s Secret Ballot” with Guernica magazine.

Chris Hansen-Nelson MFA ’06

Chris Hansen-Nelson MFA ’06 published his first book of poems, The Book of Clay, under the pen name C.S. Nelson. Published by Wicked Rufous Press, the book is narrative verse and follows the journey of a simple farmhand from the dust bowl of the Great Depression who is compelled to respond to the suffering of those he sees around him and the journey on which that calling takes him. For more information, visit the publisher’s website.

T Kira Madden MFA ’12

T Kira Madden MFA ’12 curated a chapbook series for AWST Press. “These four writers and artists—Justine Champine, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Karissa Chen, and Dennis Norris II—have all mastered the art of misdirection…Over the years, I have found myself reading and rereading their works, flipping the pages, laughing, only to be stunned by the end. I’ve been changed and broken by them. I’ve been healed. I’ve been curled up in the fantastic space between reality and the divine—the space that only the best art (and magic tricks) can show you—the space that leaves you, spectator, with one question: How did they do that?” For more information about the authors and ordering the series, visit this website.

Maryann Aita MFA ’17

Maryann Aita MFA ’17 published a pop culture commentary piece, “Where’s My Emotional Male Lead?” in The Collapsar.

Estha Weiner ’72

Estha Weiner ’72 will be teaching “Stealing from the Poet's Tool Box: A Workshop for Fiction Writers” for the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute on Saturday, February 24, on campus. “Please join us at this one-day intensive, or pass along to people you feel may be interested!”

Ann Patchett '85

In a recent episode of “Literary Arts: The Archive Project” on Oregon Public Radio, Ann Patchett '85 retraced the steps that lead to her 2013 essay collection, “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.”

Judith Steinberg ’62

Memories and Desire, an exhibition of work by Judith Steinberg ’62, is on display at the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, Connecticut through February 4, 2018. "Bits of flora and fauna began popping out here and there, soon demanding more space and definition. When my world disappeared, a new world came to life in my studio."

Andrea Reese ’84

Andrea Reese ’84 once again made Expertise’s list of the top 25 wedding photographers serving New York City.

Rachel Feldman ’76

Rachel Feldman ’76 compiled the stories of female directors, including herself, who shared their experiences of sexism and discrimination in the industry for The Wrap. “I wrote a multiaward-winning screenplay to which I was again attached to direct. I found an Oscar-winning female producer and an Oscar-winning actress to star, both outspoken ‘feminists’ — who called me a ‘TV director’ and tried to boot me off my own project to hire a male director.”

Mira Singer MFA ’16

Mira Singer MFA ’16 published an article analyzing the new Star Wars film entitled “The Last Jedi and the Power of Failure” on the blog Mythcreants.

Dr. Amanda Foreman ’91

Dr. Amanda Foreman ’91 presented “Stories from the Royal Collection” this Friday on BBC Radio 4. “I had no idea how many fascinating secrets lie hidden inside Windsor Castle.”

Elizabeth Schwartz ’81

Elizabeth Schwartz ’81 announces the roll-out of a new documentary film, American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs, described as “essentially a course in Resistance 101”. A portrait of the co-founder of the American Socialist party, architect of FDR's New Deal, champion of labor rights and income equality and de factor progenitor of Bernie Sanders, the film is narrated by Amy Madigan and directed by Yale Strom. Premiering March 3-8 at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago, followed by a run at NYC's Cinema Village April 27-3 and the Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles and Pasadena May 4-10.

Joni Iraci ’13

A conference paper Joni Iraci ’13 wrote for Bill Shullenberger’s “Slavery in Literature” class, entitled, “Diary of Phillis Wheatley,” has been published in the winter edition of Review Americana, an online literary journal popular culture magazine. It is the second work published.

Milah Libin ’15

Milah Libin ’15 was selected by Brooklyn magazine for their annual issue highlighting 30 Brooklynites under 30, “who are marching fearlessly into the future, taking the borough with them―wherever they go.” Libin is the editor-in-chief of Dizzy magazine and a music video director. 

Molly Tolsky MFA ’11

The Tempest named Molly Tolsky MFA ’11 one of 40 women to watch, “the boldest leaders transforming the world through music, art, journalism, business, philanthropy, politics and more.” Tolsky founded the website Alma, which is geared toward young Jew-ish women or, as the site puts it, “Ladies with Chutzpah.”

Celia Bland ’85

Cherokee Road Kill, the third collection of poetry from Celia Bland ’85, will be published in February 2018 by Dr. Cicero Books. Set in the 1970s in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, these poems describe the inhabitants of this isolated place, and in a series called “Bird Bone,” a woman killed by her lover. Artist Kyoko Miyabe’s numerous pen and ink drawings correspond with individual poems, presenting detailed and sometimes metaphorized elements from the text. In the book’s introduction, poetry editor Robert Kelly, writes: “These poems do not turn their backs on the places from which they come, and they don’t obsess, either. They move with deftness, forgiving and lamenting and adoring what happens, but quick, quick. I read them admiring the nimble social alertness of the writer, able from all sorts of human actions, interactions, to extract and express the moment —which is momentum— of their keenest meaning.”

Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97

Barren Island by Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97 won the Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction in the 2017 National Jewish Book Awards.

Ouida Maedel '06

Ouida Maedel '06 was featured as one of "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know" in the December 2017 issue of American Theatre Magazine, the national monthly magazine for the American not-for-profit theatre.

Mikhaelle Schiappacasse ’01

Mikhaelle Schiappacasse ’01 has been elected as partner of global law firm Dechert LLP.

Trevor Wallace ’13

Trevor Wallace ’13 will receive the New Explorer Award from The Explorers Club for his work in Siberia discovering the oldest Scythian tomb, captured in the feature documentary Frozen Corpses Golden Treasures. “My collaborator and I have established the Foundation for ArchaeoExploration to support the protection and full excavation of this tomb this summer. Though we were able to locate it and get carbon dates it is in danger of being looted by grave robbers and climate change threatens to melt the ice mummies we have yet to excavate.”

Karen Hansen MFA ’88 and Sarah Olmsted Thomas ’08

Happenstance Theater's BrouHaHa is, “a comedic, existential escapade inspired by images of refugees fleeing on foot, Edwardian workers, cinematic treasures like Fellini's La Strada and Bergman's The Seventh Seal, and the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett. In this devised, clownesque piece, Happenstance Theater's troupe of eccentrics walks the precipice at the end of the world. Their play lights up the darkness like a firecracker. This show appeals to audiences of any age.” Happenstance Theater includes Karen Hansen MFA ’88 and Sarah Olmsted Thomas ’08. Brouhaha is running January 4-21, with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm with an additional performance on Monday, January 15 at 8pm at the Theatre for the New City on the Lower East Side (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets). This run is also showcasing as part of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP). Tickets are $15 student/senior and $25 general admission.

Estha Weiner ’72

Estha Weiner ’72 will read at McNally Jackson book store in Soho with Elizabeth J. Coleman and Andrea Fry on Wednesday, January 10 at 7 pm. They will “read poems that explore their own emotional geography, and invite us to travel beyond it.”

Erica Cardwell MFA ’16

Erica Cardwell MFA ’16 wrote an essay on racial trauma and self-esteem for The Believer,Kara Walker and the Black Imagination.”

Michael LeVasseur ’04

Michael LeVasseur ’04 published a study in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, entitled “The Effect of PrEP on HIV Incidence Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in the Context of Condom Use, Treatment as Prevention, and Seroadaptive Practices.”

Mirabelle Marden ’00

Mirabelle Marden ’00 was featured in a Vogue piece written by Carmen Rosy Hall ’16 and edited by Ella Riley-Adams ’14. Marden has opened a holiday market in Chinatown and is collaborating with Jaclyn Hodes ’01 of Awaveawake along with curating gift items from local artists.

Laura Curran ’89

Newly-elected Nassau County executive Laura Curran ’89 was featured in The New York Times.

Aja Monet ’09

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet ’09 is a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Poetry.

Leslie Rott MA ’15

Leslie Rott MFA ’15 was a contributor to Real Life Diaries: Living with Rheumatic Diseases, which was published in October 2017.

Hyung Seok Jeon MFA ’17

Underwater New York, a digital arts project run by Nicole Miller MFA ’09, Nicki Pombier Berger MFA ’09, Nicole Haroutunian MFA ’08, and Helen Georgas MFA ’09, is producing A Held Posture. A Held Posture is a solo performance by multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Hyung Seok Jeon MFA ’17. The piece explores the image impulse of sinking into the deep ocean. What would you see when you get to the bottom? Through a visual investigation of the abyss, the piece explores the sensation of falling and the experience of generational loss. Formal experiments, including puppetry, a live video feed, and a soundscape created with wireless headphones, guide the audience into the intimate and minimal space within the self. Performances will be held the first weekend in January at Theaterlab (357 W 36th St, New York). Tickets available online.

Barbara Goldstein Mathes ’61

Barbara Goldstein Mathes ’61 shares that the Barbara Mathes Gallery is pleased to participate in Art Basel from December 7-10 at Booth C12. 

Ilana Masad ’13

Ilana Masad ’13 has joined Prairie Schooner, a literary journal based at the University of Nebraska where Masad is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing, as Assistant Nonfiction Editor.

Joy Passanante ’69

Joy Passanante ’69 published her fourth book, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars, in August (Ohio State University Press, Mad River Books). It is her first book of nonfiction, having already published three poetry, short stories, and a novel. “Drawing on the wartime diary, letters, and paintings of my father, Bart Passanante, I narrate his World War II experiences overseas as a surgeon-in-training and his nearly three-year separation from my mother. The book also tells the story of my parents’ upbringing as the children of immigrants in St. Louis, including my father’s stint as a child bootlegger, and of my husband’s and my adventures and revelations as we followed his bootsteps around Europe.”

Adrienne Dawes ’04 and Amir Levi ’04

Playwright Adrienne Dawes ’04 will have the west coast premiere of her play Denim Doves this January in Los Angeles at the Sacred Fools Theater Company. Performances run January 19 - February 17, 2018, Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 7. The show is co-produced by Amir Levi ’04. For more information, visit

Alexi Hawley ’89

Alexi Hawley ’89 wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, “How to Be Part of Hollywood’s Harassment Solution.”

Patrick Rosal MFA ’99

Patrick Rosal MFA ’99, an associate professor of English at Rutgers University–Camden, has been named a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Creative Writing (Prose) Fellow. The $25,000 grant is given to published creative writers, enabling recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

David Grimm ’87 and David Adjmi ’93

David Grimm ’87 and David Adjmi ’93 were included in a feature of playwrights thriving in the world of television writing by the Los Angeles Times.

Rickey Laurentiis MFA ’11

Rickey Laurentiis MFA ’11 has won the 2017 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship for Poetry. The Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality.

Michael Hovance '94

Michael Hovance '94 stars in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” presented by Surf City Theatre Company. Opens Saturday evening (November 18) at 8 pm in the Second Story Theatre (710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach). Additional performances, through Sunday, December 3, are Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 2 and 8, and Sundays at 2. Tickets, $28. Call (424) 241-8040, email, or go to

Vrinda Manglik ’08 and Isis Tatiana Hockenos ’09

Vrinda Manglik ’08 talked with Isis Tatiana Hockenos ’09 about an exhibit, "Rhizosphere," she curated last spring at San Francisco's Midway Gallery about the creative legacy of West Marin.

Michelle Koehn MFA ’12

Michelle Koehn MFA ’12 is The Community Table’s new executive director. The group’s mission is reducing food insecurity in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Darcey Merritt ’88

Academic publisher Elsevier has appointed NYU Silver Associate Professor Darcey Merritt ’88 to a two-year term as Associate Editor of Children and Youth Services Review (CYSR) effective January 1, 2018. A CYSR reviewer and editorial board member since 2009, in her new position, Dr. Merritt will oversee submissions to the publication in the area of public child welfare, including identifying reviewers and making recommendations based on reviewer evaluations.

Sahra Motalebi ’99

Sahra Motalebi ’99 returns to The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) - following her 2015 performance Sounds From Untitled Skies-with Directory of Portrayals, an open-form opera based on an ongoing online exchange between the artist and her sister. The show will be performed on Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15 at 8pm. General admission tickets are $20, and member tickets are $15. They can be purchased at, by phone at 212.255.5793 x 11, or in person at The Kitchen, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2-6pm.

Michael Leong MFA '03

Michael Leong MFA '03 recently published a new electronic collection of poetry entitled Who Unfolded My Origami Brain? (2017), which is one of the inaugural titles of Fence Digital, a new imprint of Fence Books. He is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he teaches creative writing and literary study.

Jon Grinspan ’06

Jon Grinspan ’06 wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, “The Right to Vote Is Never Safe.”

Joan Grubin ’67

Current and upcoming shows featuring Joan Grubin ’67: Color: Primary to Tertiary, curated by Lilly Wei at Site:Brooklyn (165 7th Street, in Brooklyn), November 3-December 3; a new body of work, The Detritus Series, at Garvey Simon Gallery (547 West 27th Street in Chelsea), November 16-December 23; the annual Casheesh show at the Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, opening December 3, presenting affordable small works; participating in a three-person show at ODETTA in Bushwick, kicking off the new year on January 19, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

Lucy Grealy ’85, Diana Jones ’84, and Ann Patchett

Robyn Ravlich interviewed Diana Jones ’84 and alumna Ann Patchett for an ABC Australia radio program about former faculty member Lucy Grealy ’85. “My Brilliant Friend” is available online.

Michelle Yasmine Valladares MFA ’00

Poet and filmmaker Michelle Yasmine Valladares MFA ’00 is the Americas Poetry Festival of New York’s Poet of the Year. The award is for her “lifelong literary achievements and for her poetry that reflects the rich multicultural spirit of The Americas.”

Erin Leigh Schmoyer ’04

Erin Leigh Schmoyer ’04 co-wrote a Shakespearean adaptation of Mean Girls, Meaneth Girls, or The Tragedy of Regina George. It will premiere at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St) on Friday, November 3, at 10 pm. Tickets are now available.

Penny Wolfson ’76, MFA ’00

Penny Wolfson ’76, MFA ’00 has launched an online international literary and arts magazine, called Dark Wood. “Work by three other alumni –Kim Larsen ’80, MFA ’04, Barbara Feinberg ’78, and Dan Azulay ’75 –also appears there, all beautiful, fresh, and original. Although the magazine is in no way connected to the college, and the first issue includes work by writers from Europe and the U.S.—including the prize-winning British poet George Szirtes, we are hoping that SLC students, alumni, and faculty will contribute.”

Rachel Feldman ’76

Rachel Feldman ’76 wrote a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, “How to Fix Hollywood's Toxic Gender Exclusion Problem.”

Marjorie Suisman ’70

Boston-based attorney Marjorie Suisman ’70 has been listed among the 2017 rankings for Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The results will be published in Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers.

Eric Glover ’09

Eric Glover ’09 received the Grand Prize in the WeScreenplay Television Competition for his dramatic screenplay “Panthers.”

Andrew Lichtenstein ’88

West Virginia University Press has published Marked, Unmarked, Remembered, a new book on American history from photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein ’88.

Lynne Golob Gelfman ’66

Lynne Golob Gelfman ’66 presents new paintings from thu, a series of paintings that she began in the 1960s in New York City. sometimes random will be at Marisa Newman Projects (38 West 32nd St, Suite 1602 New York, NY) October 11 – November 10, 2017. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, October 11 at 6 pm. 

Miles Coon MFA ’02

Miles Coon MFA ’02 invites alumni to apply for a workshop at the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, presented in loving memory of Thomas Lux, January 15-20, 2018 in Delray Beach, Florida. Nine rewarding workshops led by Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard DeNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Tim Seibles will provide careful critique and/or inspire new work. Special guest, Coleman Barks, will read his renowned translations of Rumi, a poet of the 13th century, proof positive that great poems transcend time and distance; and performance poets Elizabeth Acevedo and G Yamazawa will scintillate with sizzling spoken word! Individual conferences with Lorna Knowles Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Nickole Brown are available. Apply online by November 10, 2017 at

Janlori Goldman MFA ’09

Janlori Goldman MFA ’09 recently published her first full-length poetry book, Bread from a Stranger's Oven, which won the White Pine Poetry Prize.

Samantha Stark ’05

Samantha Stark ’05 led the New York Times team that won an Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture for the documentary The Forger.

Alexi Hawley ’89

Alexi Hawley ’89 wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter on on-set safety.

Soledad Fox ’90

Soledad Fox ’90 is presenting her third book, Round Trip: The Life of Jorge Semprún, at the Americas Society (680 Park Ave, New York) on Friday, October 27. As the book is about to be published in English, she discusses her approach of 20th-century Europe through the biographical genre with Juan José Herrera de la Muela, Consul of Spain for Cultural Affairs.

Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97

Barren Island by Carol Zoref ’76, MFA ’97 has been longlisted for the National Book Award. Winners will be announced in November.

Ann Green ’90

Ann Green ’90, professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education in Higher Education award by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). Green will accept the award at the organization’s annual conference on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Kathy Westwater MFA '01

Wendy Whelan and Kathy Westwater MFA '01 recently shared the in-process "Sophie," a solo Westwater choreographed over fifteen years ago and never before performed in New York City, and talked about working together for the first time and their dancing friendship since growing up together. Kathy also continues to teach ShakeWalk classes at the Brooklyn Studios for Dance.

Manal Abu-Shaheen ’03

Manal Abu-Shaheen ’03 has a solo show, Beirut, at York College Fine Arts Gallery in Jamaica, Queens. The opening reception is Thursday, September 14, 12-2pm. The show will be open through October 13. 

Chongren Fan MFA ’13

Chongren Fan MFA ’13 has been appointed Artistic Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America.

Laurie Nadel ’69

Laurie Nadel ’69, author of The Five Gifts: Finding Hope, Healing and Strength When Disaster Strikes (Health Communications, Inc., April 2018) was mentioned on Dan Rather's News and Guts Facebook page for her essay, "For the Victims of Houston: Top Ten Things Superstorm Sandy Taught Us."  The Top Ten List was the idea of classmate Bernice Green ’69 who published it in Our Time Press, a Brooklyn weekly newspaper that she and her husband publish.

Suhasini Yeeda MFA ’15

Suhasini Yeeda MFA ’15 recently had a short story, “Dream State,” appear in Madcap Review. The story has since been nominated for the Pushcart Prize XLI, The Best American Short Stories, and Best of the Net.

Erica Abeel ’58

Erica Abeel ’58 presented her novel Wild Girls at Author's Night, an event to benefit the East Hampton Library. The novel follows a trio of women rebels from the Class of '58 at a Sarah Lawrence-type college over three decades. It was selected as a notable book by Oprah Magazine for January 2017.

Jay Strong '78

Jay Strong '78 shares for writers and actors: "October 15 is the next SLC Playwrights Workshop in New York City. Slots are available if you’d like to have a work read by professional actors and receive comprehensive feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Slots are available, submit NOW for our next monthly meeting. Please send either a short sample (10 pages maximum) or a logline detailing the work you wish to develop to Participation is open to all."

Bethany Ball MFA ’13

Bethany Ball MFA ’13 has made the short list for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize for her debut novel What to Do About the Solomons. The winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held on December 5.

Nicholas Pollack ’10

Freddy, Newark, New Jersey from the series Nothing Gold Can Stay by Nicholas Pollack ’10 is now part of the collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University where it will be on view in the upcoming exhibition Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography alongside photographers Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Larry Fink, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, and Weegee, among others. The exhibit runs through January 7, 2018.

Camryn Hellwarth ’17

Camryn Hellwarth ’17, Director of Sprouts Cooking Club in NYC, shares: “Sprouts Cooking Club is a culinary nonprofit that offers cooking classes for kids that are taught in restaurant kitchens alongside leading chefs. After eleven years in the Bay Area, they're bringing the culinary adventures to New York City! With food activists like Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver on the Advisory Board, Sprouts gives kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds the chance to get hands-on while cooking real food alongside real chefs. Join the cooking frenzy this year during Sprouts Winter Camp, Summer Camps, Culinary Birthday Parties, and After-School Cooking Classes.”

Tiana Nobile ’09

Tiana Nobile ’09 will receive a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Celebrating its 23rd year, the Rona Jaffe Awards have helped many women build successful writing careers by offering encouragement and financial support at a critical time. The Awards are $30,000 each and will be presented to the six recipients on September 14th in New York City. Nobile’s first poetry collection, Harlow’s Monkey, explores and grapples with the history of adoption, both her own from South Korea and the broader, collective experience.

Amanda Bankert ’03

In July 2016, Amanda Bankert ’03 and her husband Louis Scott opened Boneshaker Doughnuts in the second arrondissement of Paris (77 Rue D'Aboukir). The bakery serves traditional American raised doughnuts made from scratch with seasonal ingredients.

Sreshtha Sen MFA ’17

Sreshtha Sen MFA ’17 is one of the recipients of the 2017 Amy Award. The winners will give a reading on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Grolier Club.

Kay Chernush ’66

Kay Chernush ’66 shares, “ArtWorks for Freedom, in partnership with VisArts at Rockville, is calling professional and student artists to enter our national poster competition addressing human trafficking. Get outside the stereotypes. Help us expose this human rights atrocity by submitting a designed poster interpreting the issue and its global proliferation. Each artist can submit up to 3 entries. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000! Additional cash and art prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners, plus honorable mentions. Deadline September 8, 2017.”

Laurie Blauner ’75

The Solace of Monsters, the fourth novel from Laurie Blauner ’75, is a Fiction finalist for a 2017 Washington State Book Award. The winner will be announced October 14th.

Yoshi Kuroi ’12

Having worked there since graduating Sarah Lawrence College, Yoshi Kuroi ’12 was promoted to Managing Director of the New York Neo-Futurists on July 19, 2017. Performing at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday every week since 2004, the Neo-Futurists' work can be seen in "The Infinite Wrench" at the Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, New York. Tickets available online.

Abbie Heffelfinger ’10

Abbie Heffelfinger ’10 is now a Foundation Partnerships Manager at UNICEF USA.

Jaclyn Vorenkamp MFA ’15

Jaclyn Vorenkamp MFA ’15 has a story in Post Road Magazine #32.

Sam Robbins MFA ’16

We make our own games,” a Paper Dances production and show choreographed by Sam Robbins MFA ’16, will be performed at Dixon Place (161 Chrystie St) on Tuesday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. “As children, our freedom and creativity, sense of play, storytelling ability, and constructive tendencies inspired our parents and teachers to believe in our ability to do and be more. As grown-ups we’ve lost the ability to play, and live in a world full of anger, hostility, war, and violence. This performance revisits a time when the world was full of innocence, happiness, wonder and, most importantly, play.” Robbins will be performing with Stephanie Coleman ’07 and Emily Goucher ’04. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 for students, seniors, and those with an NYC ID.

Sam Reetz ’12

Millennial Ethics Productions, founded by Sam Reetz ’12, will make its formal company debut at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John St) on Wednesday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Julia Barry ’04

Julia Barry ’04 invites alumni to an evening of new music spanning theater, art song, and opera by New York City writers (including herself). “Tickets support our wonderful working performers, and also Cornelia Street Cafe, one of the few listening rooms left in NYC that's struggling to stay afloat. Music, friends, food & drink...all good things. See you August 8 at  8:30 p.m.!” Details for the event can be found on Facebook.

Susan Haskins-Doloff ’71

Susan Haskins-Doloff ’71, Executive Producer and co-host of "Theater Talk," accepted the 2015-16 NYC Emmy Award for "Best Interview/Discussion Program" on May 6, 2017. The series, now in its 20th year on PBS, won in a field of 8 nominees for its retrospective episode, "Talk to Remember," which featured interviews with guests including Danielle Brookes, Jeff Daniels, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Ivo van Hove, George Takei and critic Ben Brantley of The New York Times.

Alice O'Keefe ’15

With her company, My Photo Preservation, Alice O'Keefe ’15 provides in-home photo preservation and restoration services to her Brooklyn clients, with searchable drives that make finding photos easy. O’Keefe says the easiest way to reach her is via email,, or through the contact page on her website.

Joanna Bettelheim ’09

Joanna Bettelheim ’09 received an honorable mention in Exposition Review’s June 2017 Flash 405 contest, judged by Laura Rensing, for her essay “Debate.”

Ellen Winter ’14, Sam Monaco ’11, A. Sarr ’13, and Lily Desmond ’16

Ellen Winter ’14, Sam Monaco ’11, and A. Sarr ’13, members of NYC indie group Chamber Band, all recently collaborated on the musical theatre podcast “36 Questions,” which can be streamed for free on iTunes, and is the first of its kind. It also features violin from Lily Desmond ’16 and many other talented writers and musicians. The podcast was recently featured in The New York Times.

Sarah Gottlieb ’09

Sarah Gottlieb ’09 will be hosting a workshop developed in collaboration with Catalina Mahecha in Madrid, Timing in Contact Improvisation, in Chicago at Jam Links Hall on July 22. “Our research focuses on 1) Bio-rhythms, or rhythms and time signatures produced by anatomic functions 2) Membranes, kinespheres or auric spaces that separate and conjoin 3) Gravity, which we track by studying cycles of suspension, dynamic falling, undercurrents and over-currents, and spatial trajectories. The work incorporates various forms of energetic and somatic practice into Contact Improvisation.” Information and Registration:

Lauren Palmor ’08

Lauren Palmor ’08 is a contributor to the catalogue "Revelations: Art From The African American South," published on the occasion of the exhibition at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The exhibition and catalogue celebrate the Fine Arts Museums’ major acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta of sixty-two paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by twenty-two acclaimed contemporary artists, including Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, Jessie T. Pettway, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver, Annie Mae Young, and Purvis Young. The catalogue, co-published with ​DelMonico Books / Prestel, is filled with compelling content and gorgeous color plates.

Ryan Strong MFA ’14

Ryan Strong MFA ’14 is now a publicist at Penguin Random House.

Elizabeth Schwartz ’81

"American Socialist: The Life & Times of Eugene Victor Debs", co-written and executive produced by Elizabeth Schwartz ’81 has just been acquired by First Run Features for North American theatrical and non-theatrical distribution. Directed and co-written by Yale Strom (Schwartz's partner in BlackStream Films) and narrated by Amy Madigan, this feature-length documentary explores the life and legacy of the co-founder of the American Socialist movement (and not coincidentally, hero and inspiration to Bernie Sanders) in the context of American populism and social and economic injustice 100 years ago and today.

Joni Iraci ’13

"Distractions," a short story by Joni Iraci ’13, was published in Review Americana.

Bronwen Mullin ’06

Bronwen Mullin ’06 has been appointed by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as its rabbinic artist in residence. She will create a performing arts wing for the Artists’ Beit Midrash.

Pamela Hart MFA ’04

Sarabande Books is pleased to announce Rowan Ricardo Phillips has selected Mothers Over Nangarhar by Pamela Hart MFA ’04 as the winner of the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.

Heather Wedvick Mathews ’95

Heather Wedvick Mathews ’95 and her filmmaking partner, Tiffany Rhynard, made a documentary about rising senior Moisés Serrano ’18. Beginning before he even dreamed of going to Sarah Lawrence, the film ends on campus, at the start of his first year. Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America will premiere on Logo TV on August 3rd. It also won the first ever Social Justice Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Freedom Award at OutFest 2016, where it premiered last summer.

Molly Bess Rector ’10

Molly Bess Rector ’10, along with poets M.D. Myers and J. Bailey Hutchinson, founded and co-curates the nonprofit poetry series Open Mouth Reading Series in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Bonnie Acker ’70

Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery presents “Summertime,” an exhibit of new landscape paintings by Burlington-based artist Bonnie Acker ’70. The show opens on Saturday, June 24, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery at 64 S. Main St., Stowe.

Natasha Yglesias ’14

Waypoints Magazine recently published “Slate,” a short story by Natasha Yglesias ’14.

Rosalinde Block ’74

“Drama of the Gifted Grownup,” a new one-woman show written and performed by Rosalinde Block ’74, is being presented by the NY Theatre Festival July 20, 21, and 23 at Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th St). It is a humorous story about arduous determination. Rosalinde performs “Drama of the Gifted Grownup” as a narrative, interlaced with excerpts of 17 songs from her vast catalog. Her self-designed set is a montage of her cartoons and illustrations. One need not be a “prodigy” to identify with the struggle to be seen and heard. This piece touches everybody. Tickets available online.

Magda Bogin ’73

Under the Volcano, a modular program of writing master classes in Tepoztlán, Mexico directed by Magda Bogin ’73, is now officially a not-for-profit organization. Visit their website to learn more about their upcoming program in January 2018, their 15th year.

Nicole Dennis-Benn MFA ’12

Nicole Dennis-Benn MFA ’12 won a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction for her novel, Here Comes the Sun.

Theresa Sullivan MFA ’17

Theresa Sullivan MFA ’17 interviewed Writing faculty member and Brooklyn Poet Laureate for Garrison Institute.

Elizabeth Sochko MFA ’17

"Address," a poem by Elizabeth Sochko MFA ’17, was published online in Interrupture

Lindsy Van Gelder ’66

Lindsy Van Gelder ’66 shares: “Many classmates and other 60s era Sadie Lou-ers may appreciate a memoir on birth control back in the day that I recently wrote for Allure.”

Allan Mann MFA ’70

Allan Mann MFA ’70 is looking for help, “putting together stage production, book, video recording, documentary and possible feature of Earthlight, my 1969-72 New Age stage revue company, the one that saved the Woodstock Festival.”

Katie Longofono MFA ’14

AmpLit Fest, a NYC literary festival co-produced by Katie Longofono MFA ’14, is taking place Saturday, June 10 on Riverside Park. It is a free, daylong festival that brings authors of all backgrounds, styles, and levels of recognition to center stage. With readings, workshops, panels, and a community market, AmpLit Fest makes one of life’s most solitary acts — writing — a public celebration.

Leah Rudick '06

Sweet Parents, a feature film co-written and co-starring Leah Rudick '06 will premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival this June followed by a run at the Lower East Side Film Festival.

Sacha Yanow ’99

Sacha Yanow ’99 wrote and performed Dad Band at Joe's Pub in June. “An intimate psychological portrait of the artist’s father, her internalized dad, and patriarchy in general, ‘Dad’ covers and lip synchs to his favorite songs from the 50s and 60s, shares footage of his 1970s winning appearance on the To Tell the Truth game show, presents motivational speeches, and more. His button-down shirts become his costumes, his yellow notepad—usually reserved for stock market details—contains his set list, and his Agatha Christie novel collection and Wall Street Journal become his props. Over the course of the evening, we get to know Dad as he dances, sings, screams, and lectures.”

Eli Rosenblatt ’06

Eli Rosenblatt ’06 has earned his PhD in Jewish Studies from University of California at Berkeley. His dissertation was titled, "Enlightening the Skin: Travel, Race, and Rabbinic Intertextuality in Yiddish Literature, 1860-1960."

Chelsea Catalanotto ’12

Chelsea Catalanotto ’12 has joined the staff of the CW show iZombie as a writer.

Matti Leshem '83

Built to Fail, a streetwear documentary co-produced by Matti Leshem '83, will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this summer.

Pamela Hart MFA ’04

Pamela Hart MFA ’04 has been named the inaugural winner of the Brian Turner Literary Arts Prize for poetry. Poems from her manuscript, Over Nangarhar, will be published in the upcoming issue of the Sierra Nevada Review.

Adrienne Dawes ’14

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT), an Austin, Texas-based theater company, will be in New York City May 22-25, 2017 for a “Next Stage” residency with the Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas). Director Jenny Larson will be developing performance piece Casta written by Adrienne Dawes ’14 in collaboration with composer Graham Reynolds and visual artist Beth Consetta Rubel. Casta is inspired by a unique genre of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España (Mexico). Casta paintings depicted various different racial mixtures in the New World, arranged in a specific hierarchy of race and status, as defined by Spanish elites. The complexities of contemporary racial and ethnic identity(ies) are echoed in this distant mirror of casta paintings. How do Old World anxieties about ambiguous identities reflect contemporary biases? How can the interaction between performance and visual art, specifically portraiture, open a window for a unique audience experience about racial identity? Reservations available online

Anita Silvers ’62

Anita Silvers ’62 was featured in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education for her work as an advocate for students and others with disabilities. 

Ann Cefola ’81, MFA ’97

The second book of poetry by Ann Cefola ’81, MFA ’97, Free Ferry, was released in April 2017.

Bernice Green ’69 and Laurie Nadel ’69

Bernice Green ’69 quoted classmate Laurie Nadel ’69 in the April 13th issue of Our Time Press. Nadel said, “Artists are our canaries in the coal mine.  The president’s decision to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities should remind us that dictators are threatened by artists and writers.  It is an ominous sign. After the military seized power in Chile after President Salvador Allende’s assassination in 1973, soldiers raided artists’ homes and burned ‘Cubism’ because they thought it referred to Castro’s Cuba and ‘Revolution in the Arts.’  In the present climate, art challenges us to face our fears and get stronger.” Green and Nadel came to Sarah Lawrence from Brooklyn's Midwood High School where they met in 1963.

Dylan Brody ’85

Dylan Brody ’85 shares, “This July my theatrical solo show Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood, based on my award-winning special of the same name comes to the People’s Improv Theater (PIT) in New York for a weirdly intermittent three-week run.  I would love to have you come see what I’m doing in this show.  It’s about the friction between art and commerce, the need for critical thinking, and the whole thing feels more salient and needed under the Trump administration than it did when I wrote it.” Visit Brody’s website for more information.

Mira J Spektor ’50

The Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue) presents GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS, a commedia dell’arte folk opera for young and old audiences with music by Mira J Spektor ’50 from May 12-21. More information and tickets online.

Vanesa Evers ’13

Inspired by the poetry of M. Nourbese Philip and Ntozake Shange, Vanesa Evers ’13 re-invisioned the intended audience (and victims) of the Declaration of Independence by dissecting every word in the historical document and turned it into a play. Come and reimagine this historical document with Evers at Studio 34 Yoga Healing Arts (4522 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia) on Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. Tickets online.

Elana Greenfield ’82

Part IV of WRENCH, a play by Elana Greenfield ’82, will be presented at LABAlive OTHER: THREE. Inspired by ancient Jewish text, Greenfield is among the last Fellows will presenting their new work in an evening of art, drinks, and celebration at The 14th Street Y Theater (344 East 14th St) on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p. m.

Kate Scelsa '02

Everyone’s Fine With Virginia Woolf, a new play by Kate Scelsa '02, was read by Obie-winning theater company Elevator Repair Service (ERS) at Little City Books. In this queer, irreverent parody of Edward Albee’s iconic "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf," no one is left unscathed by Martha's feminist ambitions. Rubbing alcohol will be consumed, imaginary pregnancies will be indulged, and gender constructs will be destroyed. 

Heidi Howard ’08

Heidi Howard ’08 has a forthcoming exhibition in the Nancy Margolis Gallery (523 W 25th Street, New York), on view May 18- June 24, 2017.

Sonja Sekula ’41

This summer, the work of Sonja Sekula ’41 will be exhibited in New York for the first time since the 1990s. A Survey will be on view at the Peter Blum Gallery (20 West 57th Street) and spans the entirety of Sekula’s “short but prolific career.” There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 22 from 4 to 6 pm. The exhibition runs through June 24.

Kate Pincus-Whitney ’16

Kate Pincus-Whitney ’16 won second prize in the most recent VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists living with disabilities. (Re)Invention presents artists whose work exemplifies themes of renewal and self-discovery. The traveling exhibit is on display at the Hunter Museum until May 21. View more of Pincus-Whitney’s work online.

Meg Freitag ’05

Meg Freitag ’05 won the inaugural 2016 BOAAT Book Prize. She will receive $2000 and publication for her first book of poetry, EDITH, which will be published in Fall 2017.

Robert Beto Hopper ’93

Robert Beto Hopper ’93 is renovating a century-old building in Richmond, Virginia with hopes to open a new art gallery, Acute in Winter 2017. He told Richmond BizSense, “I want to bring a level of professionalism to the gallery for less-known artists…I have some artists lined up – painters, sculptors, paper artists, pen and drawers.”

Lauren Wimmer ’13

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Cave Theatre Co. will present the World Premiere of Divorce Party, written by Lauren Wimmer ’13 and directed by James Masciovecchio, April 21-May 7 at UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) with performances Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance.

Marian Goldstein Fontana ’89

Marian Goldstein Fontana ’89 will be honored 15th anniversary benefit for the New York Writers Coalition (NYWC) this May.

Allison Mitchell MS ’99

Allison Mitchell MS ’99 was presented with the ACMG Foundation Carolyn Mills Lovell Award at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) 2017 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting for her poster presentation, "Clinical Implementation of Novel, Preemptive Pharmacogenomic Testing for Newborns Delivered in a Community Hospital System."

Jenni Konner '94

Girls producer Jenni Konner '94 spoke to NPR’s All Things Considered.

John Freeman Gill MFA '95

Leonard Lopate interviewed John Freeman Gill MFA '95 about his recently released novel, Gargoyle Hunters.

Geno Carr MFA ’05

Geno Carr MFA ’05 is currently making his Broadway debut in Come From Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

Lois Farfel Stark ’65

Lois Farfel Stark ’65 gave a TedEx presentation at SMU in December of 2016 on Shape: Hiding in Plain Sight.

Robin Black ’86

Writer Robin Black ’86 was featured in the Ashland Collegian.

Boni Alvarez '96

Boni Alvarez '96 was featured in The Inquirer for the success of his play Bloodletting. Alvarez "has been adding Filipino American stories to the fabric of the US stage."

Christopher Cole ’06

The Honolulu Museum of Art will feature a series of photographs by Maui artist Christopher Cole ’06 as part of its Contemporary Hawai’i Artist program in the John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery. “The Global South” exhibit runs through July 9. Read more in the Maui News.

Josh Gannon ’03

Josh Gannon ’03 will be running this year’s Boston Marathon for St. Francis House, a day shelter in downtown Boston. Gannon placed second in the cross country championship his first year at Sarah Lawrence College. “Marathon Monday is a very special day in Massachusetts and to be able to be a part of that while supporting St. Francis House is a really big deal for me.”

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01

Performances of Anywhere and Extemporaneous, choreographed by Kathy Westwater MFA ’01, will be held April 19, 20, 21, and 22 at Brooklyn Studios for Dance (210 Lafayette Avenue). Tickets available online.

Corrine Yap ’16

Corrine Yap ’16 will be performing Uniform Convergence as part of the NuWorks Festival at the Pan-Asian Repertory Theater (410 West 42nd Street) in New York on April 28th at 7:30PM and April 29th at 2:30 and 7:30PM. The solo piece explores the lives of two women - a 19th century Russian mathematician and a contemporary Asian-American math professor - using text, mathematics, movement, and music in an attempt to understand identity and how we communicate who we are. Its first production was as a workshop in the Sarah Lawrence Theater Department's Spring 2016 Season. Tickets available online.

Marian Hyun ’77

Marian Hyun ’77 is an artistic director of the New York Jazz Choreography Project, a celebration of jazz dance featuring 14 original works by emerging and established choreographers. On April 29th and 30th at Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance 126 E. 13th Street, audiences of all ages will be treated to dances in a variety of jazz styles from swing to contemporary and the chance to see the richness of this great American art form. Featured choreographers include Antuan Byers, Ashley Carter, Sharlane Conner, Rachel Leigh Dolan, Kavin T. Grant, Billy Griffin, Karin Kawamoto, Ali Koinoglou, Gregory Kollarus, Cat Manturuk, Vanessa Martínez de Baños, Bryan Menjivar, Sue Samuels, Jaime Shannon, Ashley Stafford, and Kyle Weiler.  Tickets available online.

Kyle Chu ’10

Kyle Chu ’10 aka Panda Dulce was part of San Francisco Public Library’s "Drag Queen Story Hour" at the Harvey Milk branch, in a FUSION viral video.

Mary McDonough '10

On February 3, 2017, Mary McDonough '10, was sworn into the Massachusetts Bar by Robert Riley, the United States' Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, at the Chuuk State Supreme Court. Attorney McDonough is currently working as a staff attorney to the Chuuk State Supreme Court. While working in the FSM, she received the good news that she had passed the July, 2016, Massachusetts Bar Exam, but she was unable to return home for the official swearing-in ceremony in Boston. As luck would have it, Ambassador Riley was visiting the State of Chuuk at the same time that Mary's parents were visiting and they were able to attend the ceremony as well.

Erica Abeel '58

Erica Abeel '58 will read from her new novel Wild Girls on Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at KGB (85 East 4th St) in New York City.

Phillis Levin '76 and Robyn Schiff '95

Phillis Levin '76 and Robyn Schiff '95 were both selected as finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. This year’s ceremony will be held at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus at 7 p.m.

Reynolds Tenasas-Norman '78

Reynolds Tenasas-Norman '78 has been named a Paducah Arts Alliance (PAA) Artist In Residence in Kentucky. Tenasas-Norman began her two-week residency on February 12 at Pinecone Art Studio & Gallery (421 N 7th Street). An exhibit of a selection of her small drawings inspired by The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850s historic work of fiction, will be on display at StudioMars (418 N 7th Street) Friday, February 24, from 5-7 p.m. Tenasas-Norman’s drawings will be presented as a mosaic-style exhibit that showcases the diversity of women who choose their own destiny.

Julia Norton '07

Julia Norton '07 is thrilled to announce that Things That Could Go Wrong in the Holodeck, an exhibition of all new work, will be presented at Dread Lounge (1370 Mirasol Street) in Los Angeles. The show will be open by appointment March 7-12, with an opening reception on Friday, March 10 from 6-9 p.m.

Joelle Wallach '67

The music of composer Joelle Wallach '67 is featured on two new CDs: Jeffrey Jacobs' Contemporary Eclectic Music for Piano (New Ariel Recordings) includes Joelle's "Lagrimas y locuras;" Trombonist Ava Ordman's  It's About Time (Blue Griffin) includes Joelle's "Loveletter, (postmark San Jose)."

Kati Agocs '98

Kati Agocs '98 has been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2017 Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy awards). "The Debrecen Passion," is a work for chorus and orchestra from the album of the same name on the BMOPSound label.

Clay McLeod Chapman '00

Clay McLeod Chapman '00 will read from his latest collection of short stories, Nothing Untoward, at KGB Bar's Red Room (85 East 4th Street, New York) on Wednesday, March 8th at 7 pm.

Estha Weiner '72

Estha Weiner '72 will be teaching a poetry intensive through the Writing Institute on April 22. "Let's Lose the Muse" is a single-session course open to all levels. Alumni receive a 15% discount on all courses, contact the Writing Institute for more information at 914-395-2205 or

Joni Iraci '13

Joni Iraci '13 has earned an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in fiction from Columbia University.

Kamden Hilliard '16

Perceived Distance from Impact, the newest chapbook by Kamden Hilliard '16, has just been published by Black Lawerence Press. It was blurbed by Nick Wong, sam sax, and Nina Puro. Contact Black Lawrence Press for purchasing information.

David Hollander MFA '97

David Hollander MFA '97 (Writing) has published a short story, "Ghostwritten," on The Collagist.

Nan Bauer-Maglin '63

Staging Women's Lives in Academia: Gendered Life Stages in Language and Literature Workplaces, co-edited by Nan Bauer-Maglin '64, was published by SUNY Press.

Rachelle Cruz '07

God's Will for Monsters,  a poetry collection from Rachelle Cruz '07, winner of the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, is now available for purchase.

Gail Nickerson '70

Gail Nickerson '70, Director of Rural Health Services for Adventist Health was selected as "Top Professional of the Year in Rural Health Care" for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

Judy Klass '88

Judy Klass '88 has released her album, Protest Songs in an Age of Trump, in two versions. The full band or unplugged version are available digitally or in physical copies on CD Baby.

Matthew Cole '00

Matthew Cole '00 published an article in The Intercept and was interviewed on The Leonard Lopate Show about his reporting on SEAL Team 6.

Liza Ketchum '68

Liza Ketchum '68 recently published The Life Fantastic: A Novel in Three Acts with Merit Press. "My great-grandparents, on my dad’s side, eloped and ran away to the stage, traveling with a vaudeville troupe. That family story, from a century ago, inspired me to write the novel. At Sarah Lawrence, I worked with Grace Paley and Harvey Swados, as well as the faculty of the Senior Writing Seminar in my final year. Lucky me."

Erica Abeel '58

Wild Girls by Erica Abeel '58 was featured in Oprah magazine's January 2017 issue as one of "10 Titles to Pick Up Now."

Suhasini Yeeda MFA ’15

Suhasini Yeeda MFA ’15 recently had a short story, “Dream State,” appear in Madcap Review.  The story has since been nominated for the Pushcart Prize XLI.

Noah Sheldon '98

Photographer Noah Sheldon '98 documented the construction of Shanghai Tower, China's tallest skyscraper. His work was featured in the Financial Times.

Leah Wellbaum '11, Kyle Bann '10, and Will Gorin '11

Slothrust, a band composed of Leah Wellbaum '11 (guitar/vocals), Kyle Bann '10 (bass), and Will Gorin '11 (drums), announced new tour dates for their most recent album, Everyone Else.

Donna Gigliotti '76

Donna Gigliotti '76 spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how she started her career after Sarah Lawrence, her work with producer Harvey Weinstein, and her upcoming project.

Amy Laprade '05

Amy Laprade '05 has published her debut novel, So Nice to Finally Meet You... through Human Error Press.

Emma Bolden ’02

Emma Bolden ’02 has been awarded a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Erica Abeel ’58

Erica Abeel ’58 will be at Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, New York) January 26 reading and talking about her new novel Wild Girls about 3 women rebels of the 50s who live against the grain. One theme explored will be: Can you truly live outside of your time? A second theme: female self-invention in a conformist age.

Kat Long ’97

Kat Long ’97 is working on a biography of her ancestor William Scoresby, a 19th century Arctic explorer and whaling ship captain who is considered the first polar scientist. Kat has launched a crowdfunding campaign on to raise money for a book research trip to England. While there, she plans to investigate his personal letters and scientific discoveries, which are helping today's scientists understand climate change. 

Melissa Febos MFA ’09

Melissa Febos MFA ’09 announces, “Abandon Me is an essay collection that has received rave early reviews and is being released as a lead title from Bloomsbury in both the US and UK in early 2017.”

Tess Leopold ’82

Tess Leopold ’82 shares, “Peter and I have moved to Connecticut. I am working in property & casualty insurance at Beazley. We are renovating a 1962 house on a lake and enjoying the Hartford area. We expect to be playing in the snow soon.”

Judy Klass ’88

In response to the election, Judy Klass ’88 recorded an album, Protest Songs in an Age of Trump. “Because the recount is ongoing, I did not do a full band recording, and have not (at this time) pressed a CD.” The entire album is posted on YouTube.

Mira J Spektor ’50

Lady Of The Castle, a chamber opera with music and lyrics by Mira J Spektor ’50, based  on a true story & an Israeli Play by Lea Goldberg, is at Theater for the New City (155 1st Ave, New York, between  9th & 10th Street) November 30 through December 11, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm - Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $18, contact for more information.

Ellen Kaye ’82

Ellen Kaye ’82 will perform songs from her album Ice Wine: Songs for Christmas and Dark Winter Nights at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St, New York) on Tuesday, December 13 at 7 pm. The performance is a part of Cabaret Productions' "New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits" series. Make reservations online or call 212.206.0440.

Lynne Golob Gelfman ’66

Noguchi Breton (8375 NE 2nd Ave, Miami) proudly presents “sometimes random,” an exhibition of new paintings by Lynne Golob Gelfman ’66 from November 18, 2016 - January 14, 2017. In some paintings, the clarity of the grid becomes muted by an all over color field. In others, the triangular patterns are fractured and almost disappear. In all the paintings, the structure of the support quietly emerges, and the patterning may evoke associations with the handwoven textiles of Africa, South America and Japan. A vernissage will take place on Friday, November 18 from 6-10 p.m.

Kyes Stevens MA ’99

Kyes Stevens MA ’99 has been recognized as one of 2016's Women Who Shape the State, for changing neighborhoods, cities and Alabama for the better. Stevens is a poet and founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University.

Claudia Cortese MFA ’09

The first book of poetry by Claudia Cortese MFA ’09, Wasp Queen, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in December 2016.

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01 has begun a yearlong residency at Brooklyn Studios for Dance that includes leading four SHAKE/WALK workshops 31-Oct thru 20-Nov, curating a performance and installation, hosting a reading group, open rehearsal, and panel discussion, and presenting the New York premiere of Anywhere in the spring of 2017. A benefit performance for Anywhere and Brooklyn Studios for Dance with invited artists will take place Saturday, November 5. 

Nima Etemadi ’04 and Lily Fischer ’04

Nima Etemadi ’04 and Lily Fischer ’04 will open Cake Life Bake Shop in its Fishtown location in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 5. The new shop will sell a full menu of savory and sweet pastries, including cookies, scones, pies, muffins, cakes by-the-slice, whole cakes to-go.

Matthew Holloway ’01

Matthew Holloway ’01 will return to The Duplex (61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave, New York)  on November 5th, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. to present Mother Always Said!, a cabaret performance featuring Josh Kight on piano. Tickets may be purchased at or at  $10 online and $15 at the door with a two drink minimum; 21+ only.

Claire Jeanine Satin ’56

Claire Jeanine Satin ’56 presents Concrete, a documentary that “traces the mission and devotion of Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s exceptional archive of visual and concrete poetry created by Sara Sackner,” at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301) on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. Bookworks by Claire will also be on display as part of the event.

Lauren Hilger MFA ’11

Pete's Candy Store (709 Lorimer St Brooklyn) will host the book launch for Lady Be Good, the debut poetry collection by Lauren Hilger MFA ’11 on November 10 at 7 pm. T Kira Madden MFA ’12 will also be reading. Free and open to the public. Copies of Lady Be Good will be available for purchase.

Rachelle Cruz ’07

Rachelle Cruz ’07 won the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize, judged by rob mclennan and Megan Gravendyk Estrella. Her first full-length collection of poetry, God's Will for Monsters, will be published by Inlandia Institute in Spring 2017.

Zoe Keating ’93

Zoe Keating ’93 shared the stage with President Obama on a panel at The White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference focused on “building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation, and the new technologies, challenges, and goals that will continue to shape the 21st century and beyond.” Keating also performed at the closing of the Health Innovation session.

Daniel Traub '94

Little North Road, a book ofphotographs by Wu Yong Fu, Zeng Xian Fang, and Daniel Traub '94, has been short-listed for the 2016 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook of the Year Award. It, along with all of the short-listed books, will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review - issue 011 - and exhibited at Paris Photo, November 10-13 and Aperture Gallery in New York, December 10, 2016 – Feb 2, 2017.

John Kelly MFA ’94

John Kelly MFA ’94 was named Executive Director of The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of comics and cartoon art. “The ToonSeum is one of only two museums in the US to be dedicated to the art and history of comic and cartoon art. I am very excited by this opportunity and hope to grow the presence of the museum, which is currently celebrating its 10th year of existence. Prior to this job, I had served as Senior Director of Communications at the National Basketball Association and Director of Communications at Columbia University. I am still writing for The Comics Journal and other places and am currently finishing up a book on the history of the comics of the Alternative Weekly Newspapers, which will be published by Fantagraphics Books in a year or so.”

Marian Rich ’79

Marian Rich ’79 recently returned from a clowning and caring trip to Costa Rica with Dr. Patch Adams. “As a longtime teacher and performer of improvisational comedy, I use improv and performance to train and coach people, helping them grow and develop their life performances. Spending time with Patch Adams has given me a way to provide attentive care to people who are suffering. I will be bringing this approach to the Lillian Booth Actors Home (run by the Actors Fund) on October 15th when I will be "clowning around' with their residents, which includes my father, Allan Rich.”

Vinny Mraz MFA ’15 and Josh Rice MFA ’14

Secret Saturdays: Performance Series is a once-a-month evening of new work with a rotating theme, curated by Theatre alumni, Vinny Mraz MFA ’15 and Josh Rice MFA ’14.  Featuring short pieces of theatre, comedy, and new devised work, SS:PS gives new and emerging artists a chance to showcase their work, on its feet, in front of an audience. Featuring: Clara Elser MFA ’14! Jesse Heffler MFA ’13! Carolina Ordonez MFA '15! Patrick Vermillion ’15! Keisha Zollar (SLC Lampoon Instructor)! Andrew Kimler! Among others! Tickets are $10 at the door. The Secret Theatre is in Long Island City, Queens, only 3 stops into Queens off the 7 train from Grand Central.  October 22, November  19, December 17 at 10 pm.

Marianne Glick Brown ’59 and Joanna Halpert Kraus ’59

Marianne Glick Brown ’59 and Joanna Halpert Kraus ’59 attended the baby shower of Marianne’s daughter Stephanie. Marianne and Joanna have been friends since they met freshman year at Sarah Lawrence.

Rebekah Driscoll ’08

From Liberty and Fragrant Harbors, a new album of vocal ensemble music by composer Rebekah Driscoll ’08, will be released April 22, 2016. Written partially in New York and partially in Hong Kong, these songs offer differing perspectives on issues like climate change and criminal justice, juxtaposed with more personal works hinting at loss, homesickness and gratitude. Performers include the internationally-acclaimed GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, violist Erin Wight, and soprano Mary Hubbell. Pre-orders are available from iTunes, Bandcamp, and

Gail Nickerson ’70

Gail Nickerson ’70 was honored as the Top Professional of the Year in Rural Healthcare by the International Association of Top Professionals.

Jenn Woodward ’99

Jenn Woodward ’99, co-founder of the papermaking studio Pulp & Deckle, is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition she helped establish and operates. Organic Encounters, running from September 30 to November 12 at c3:initiative (7326 N Chicago Ave. Portland, OR), presents work from the 2015–2016 c3:initiative and Pulp & Deckle Papermaking Residency artists Ellen George, Laura Foster, Tyler Peterson, and Ryan Woodring. Each artist utilized handmade paper as a medium to create new works that present ideas central to their art practice. The artists experimented with a variety of woodfree materials (including abaca, cotton rag, natural dyes, and locally sourced plants and vegetables) to create bodies of work concerned with paper's pliable nature and capacity for layering. Organic Encounters considers the transformation of material to propel the medium of paper beyond its familiar use as a substrate. The process of papermaking is one of both strategic intent and material intuition. With no rigidity in process but an inventive appreciation for materialist ideals, Organic Encounters brings together disparate works that are sculptural in form but conceptual in methodology. The results present themselves as commentary on the natural world, the unstable value of objects, the mutability of biological forms, and notions of memory that are dually fluid and tangible. An artists' walkthrough is to follow on October 26th.

Bernice Green ’69 and Laurie Nadel ’69

Bernice Green ’69 and Laurie Nadel ’69 wrote companion articles about the 15th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. Laurie and Bernice graduated Midwood High School in Brooklyn in 1965.  Bernice and her husband David Godwin publish Our Time Press, an award-winning community newspaper in Brooklyn, NY. Laurie created an online memorial wall where people can post writing, pictures, video, music and other media about how 9/11 has impacted their lives.

Leah Umansky MFA ’04

The Barbarous Century, a full-length manuscript by Leah Umansky MFA ’04, has been named a finalist for The Sexton Prize of Eyewear Publishing.

Sally Greenhouse ’75

Sally Greenhouse ’75 returns to Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington & Delancey, New York) after overcoming paralysis, documenting her miraculous recovery from a broken neck with her signature satirical wit in The Greenhouse Effect: Resurrected on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 pm.

Eleanor Chai Beer ’88

Standing Water, the debut collection of poetry by Eleanor Chai Beer ’88 published this past spring by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, was reviewed by The Nation.

Nell Minow ’74

Nell Minow ’74 was interviewed in a PBS documentary about her father, former FCC Chair Newton Minow.

Bea Mora ’12

Bea Mora ’12 recently accepted a new position at Urban Green Council, the NY affiliate of the US Green Building Council, a think tank for green building in NYC. Her title is Development Coordinator, and she is responsible for membership, our emerging professionals network, database management, and support for grant proposals, fundraising, and corporate sponsorship.

Ioana Preda Buburuzan ’14

Ioana Preda Buburuzan ’14 is thrilled to announce that she has started her first year this Fall in grad school! She is currently pursuing her M.F.A at NYU Tisch School for the Arts in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Sarah Canberg ’03

Sarah Canberg ’03 shares, “In addition to continuing my legal career as in-house counsel at Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a generic pharmaceuticals company, I also proudly serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Homeless Solutions, a local non-profit with the mission of eradicating homelessness in our community. On weekends, my husband, Kevin, and I love chasing after our 4 year old at various parks and preserves near our home in New Jersey.”

Marian Hyun ’77

The New York Jazz Choreography Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring original works by emerging and established choreographers with co-artistic directors Marian Hyun ’77 and Merete Muenter. Audiences of all ages will be treated to dances in a variety of jazz styles, from classic to contemporary, and the chance to see the richness of this great American art form. Performances on Saturday, October 22nd, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 23rd, at 4:00 pm.

Patrick Metzger ’10

Patrick Metzger ’10 wrote an article about a common "whoa-oh whoa-oh" melodic phrase you hear all the time in pop songs by everyone from Katy Perry to Demi Lovato to Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen. He coined it the "millennial whoop," and, since posting the article, it has officially gone viral. The story was picked up by QuartzSlateThe GuardianThe AV ClubUSA Today, and Refinery29 among many others, and Quartz created a video about it that has been viewed over 20 million times on Facebook.

Rebecca Marks ’67

Rebecca Marks ’67 is thrilled to announce the publication of her second novel, Four Shots Neat, a Dana Cohen Mystery Book 2, by Black Opal Books. It's available at Amazon in softcover and "e" formats.

Erica Abeel ’58

Wild Girls, the new novel by Erica Abeel ’58, will be published October 2016 by Texas Review Press. The novel follows three college friends from the 50s as they blaze their own path in love and work, braving the stifling conventions of the period. From Paris with Allen Ginsberg and the Beat poets, to New York’s avant-garde scene in the early 60s, and subsequent decades, these “wild girls” pay heavy penalties for living against the grain, but, over the years, rebound and re-set their course, drawing strength from their friendship.

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01

Kathy Westwater MFA ’01 announces the world premiere of Anywherepresented by Temple University at Conwell Dance Theater in Conwell Hall (1801 N. Broad Street, 5th Floor) on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17. Anywhere extends Westwater's exploration of radical form and structure in the body by asking how a dance might engage with, and itself be, a monument. It features a unique relationship between movement and sound through a sound integration design by Architect Seung-Jae Lee, and music by Henryk Górecki. Tickets are available online.

Sarah Manning ’03

Sarah Manning ’03 launched an ecommerce site called, offering ethically and handmade accessories, jewelry and home decor.

Sarah Rose Nordgren ’04

Smart Snow, a collaboration between dance and media artist Kathleen Kelley and poet Sarah Rose Nordgren ’04, in partnership with The Vanderbilt Republic, is pleased to present their full-scale video and performance installation, Digitized Figures, during October 14-16 and October 21-23 at Gowanus Loft (61 9th Street C8, Brooklyn). Digitized Figures is an immersive installation that incorporates video projections, text, and live dance to conjure a richly textured and fluctuating landscape. The installation elements surround and interact with the viewer, inviting them to play in and co-create the performance environment. “Digitized Figures will be a totally immersive experience that the audience roams through, interacting with the text, the projections, and the dancers. It is completely unique in the way it incorporates poetry, performance, and technology to create a magical new world. You can support our production costs by contributing to ourKickstarter campaign, and purchase tickets through Eventbrite (search for Digitized Figures). Tickets are $20 with student, child, and senior discounts available.”

John Freeman Gill MFA ’95

The Gargoyle Hunters, a novel by John Freeman Gill MFA ’95, will be published by Penguin Random House in March 2017.

Shakira Provasoli ’98, MSEd ’99

Shakira Provasoli ’98, MSEd ’99 was awarded the presidential innovation award for environmental education by the EPA at a ceremony at the White House.

Estha Weiner ’72

Estha Weiner ’72 will be teaching a poetry workshop, Let’s Lose the Muse, this fall with Writer’s Voice at the West Side YMCA in New York City (5 West 63rd Street). Classes will be held Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for eight weeks beginning September 10. Register online.

N. West Moss ’90

N. West Moss ’90 recently published her short story, “The Absence of Sound”, in Neworld Review. The story is part of a collection, The Subway Stops at Bryant Park, which will be published by Leapfrog Press in 2017.

Rebecca Johnson MFA ’07

Rebecca Johnson MFA ’07, associate director of graduate and professional studies for the End of Life Care Program at Sarah Lawrence College, recently published a piece in Guernica MagazineBrothermen, In Lieu of Flowers, “is my reflection on the violence US society inflicts on the Black male body.”

Cliff May ’73

Cliff May ’73 has been appointed Commissioner of US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Janet Kaplan MFA ’95

Janet Kaplan MFA ’95 was a Featured Writer this summer at the first annual Gemini Ink Writers Conference in San Antonio, TX. Additionally, AMP, the literary magazine she edits for Hofstra University, is calling for submissions of poetry, short fiction, cross-genre texts and literary videos for its second issue. “I'd absolutely love to receive work from SLC alumni!”

Justin Lutz ’10

Justin Lutz ’10 is now Assistant Program Director at the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Montevallo, Alabama.

Barbara Schoichet MFA ’81

Barbara Schoichet MFA ’81 announces the publication of her memoir, Don't Think Twice: Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons this September. Astoria Bookshop (31-29 31st Street) will host a book launch party on Tuesday, September 6.

Dianalee Velie ’93

Loose Moose Publishing released the fifth book of poetry from Dianalee Velie ’93. In Ever After, Velie “takes on the lives of the storied celebrities of classical lore, extrapolated from their fairy tale settings, after the fairy tales end. The poems about Alice going to a substance abuse meeting, Pinocchio having political ambitions, Cinderella attending her high school reunion, and many more, will amuse the reader with witty humor and metered charm.”

Ian Schulz ’09

Ian Schulz ’09 will be playing Algernon in AlphaNYC’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, one of his dream roles, this September.

Noah Hawley ’89

Noah Hawley ’89 released his latest novel, Before the Fall, on May 31. Sony Pictures has signed Hawley to write the movie screenplay.

Pam Tanowitz MFA '98

Pam Tanowitz MFA '98 was awarded the 2016 Juried Bessie Award for "using form and structure as a vehicle for challenging audiences to think, to feel, to experience movement; for pursuing her uniquely poetic and theatrical vision with astounding rigor and focus."

Rachel Berks ’00

Rachel Berks ’00 will join a panel of artists discussing what happens “artists lose control of the narrative of their work, when ideas are misappropriated and instrumentalized by others with differing agendas.”The Streisand Effect will be held at the UCLA Hammer Museum on August 25 at 7:30 pm.

Alex Cuadros ’05

Alex Cuadros ’05 just published his first book, Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country. Based on the years he spent as a journalist in São Paulo covering billionaires as a full-time job, it tells the story of Brazil through the lives of its wealthiest citizens, while also meditating on the role of the ultra-rich in any country. It was released by Random House on July 12.

Lili Sar-Graycar ’11

Lili Sar-Graycar ’11 is now a Research Assistant at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute in the Substance Dependence Research Group in New York, NY. She recently graduated from the MA program at the New School for Social Research back in May '16.

Tommy Pico ’06

Tommy Pico ’06 announces that his first book, IRL, is coming out with Birds, LLC. IRL is a sweaty, summertime poem composed like a long text message, rooted in the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyoncé's visual albums. It asks, what happens to a modern, queer indigenous person a few generations after his ancestors were alienated from their language, their religion, and their history?

David Kessler ’75

One Mutual Happiness, a new play by David Kessler ’75, is part of the DC Capital Fringe Festival, with performances at the Flashpoint: Mead Theatre Lab (916 G Street NW) throughout July.

John Justin David '79

Award-winning author John Justin David '79 published a nonfiction essay in the Spring 2016 issue of Tiferet magazine. On "Navajo Myth and the Theory of Mind," it describes how ancient Navajo tales and modern neuroscience are joined together across centuries of thought. John considers this article to be his "tribute" to a Sarah Lawrence liberal arts education. Who but a liberal arts impassionado would write an article connecting myth and modern neuroscience?

Kristin Malko ’05 and Rose Rossi ’05

Kristin Malko ’05 and Rose Rossi ’05 have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their comedic web series about new moms: Out of the Box. Sometimes raunchy, sometimes brutal, always honest, Out of the Box takes an edgy and hilarious look at the darker side of motherhood as two new moms fight against the elements, their bodies, and sometimes each other, all in the name of sanity.

Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich ’99

Join Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich ’99 at 6 p.m. on August 8 at Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) for a poetry reading from three distinctly diverse rising poetic voices. Lisa breathes poems that explore the complex paths of truths often unspoken, Michael Collin’s poems examine the mysteries of the soul and Nicole Sealey’s poems examine the declination of the body.

Susie Stein ’74

Susie Stein ’74 was recently honored for three awards in Milwaukee: the Business Journal of Wisconsin annual Women of Influence Award; Tempo Milwaukee Mentor Award; and Living Legacy Award of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Larisa Oleynik ’04 and Giulia Melucci ’88

Larisa Oleynik ’04 played Giulia Melucci ’88 in the stage adaptation of her memoir, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, at the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, New York from June 16 - June 26. The one woman show required Oleynik to prepare a three course meal on stage, the highlight of which is homemade spaghetti, served to a few lucky audience members. Melucci attended the play's opening night on June 17 and is so pleased to have a fellow SLC'er playing her on stage. Oleynik also attended the Florence program. Giulia was a member of the first class of that program in 1987-1988.

James Jack ’01

James Jack ’01 is now a Postdoctoral Artist Researcher sponsored by theJapan Society for the Promotion of Science at the Social Art Lab, Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.

Jason Irwin MFA ’04

Jason Irwin MFA ’04 invites alumni to join him for the launch of his book, A Blister of Stars, at East End Book Exchange Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m. The triple launch by Low Ghost Press & Six Gallery Press will include readings by Jason, Ally Malinenko, and John Grochalski. A brief Q&A will follow.

Adrienne Willis '01

Adrienne Willis '01, executive director of the American Dance Institute, featured in the New York Times. The Institute’s Incubator residency program is “giving a range of dance-makers the time, space and resources they need to create.”

Madeline Kearin ‘11

Madeline Kearin ‘11 announces that her short story “Fallout” will be published in the upcoming Fall 2016 issue of Conjunctions magazine.

Sally S. Booth ’81

After attending a spirited reunion last weekend, Sally S. Booth ’81 is encouraged to share college news. This week, she's published an article with her co-workers about the exciting project of opening a new K-12 school in Beijing. Her hope is that students graduate from this remarkable Chinese school to attend Sarah Lawrence College to be transformed by the inspiring education offered there! The book: International Schools: Current Issues and Future Prospects, edited by Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson (Oxford Studies in Comparative Education).

Sanaa Hamri '96

Empire executive producer and director Sanaa Hamri '96 spoke to Deadline Hollywood about her work on the hit Fox series.

Miranda Wilkotz ’91

Miranda Wilkotz ’91 invites alumni to join an upcoming event, Data Privacy & Cyber Intrusions: An Insider’s View, with Quorum Initiative, June 7th in New York City and June 8th in Washington, D.C. “Join us and the dynamic women executives along with data security experts for our next event as we host an important discussion on security vulnerabilities and ways you can protect your information.” Learn more at their website.

Stephen Fife ‘77

Charming, a musical directed by Stephen Fife ‘77 (which he also wrote the book and lyrics for), is playing on weekends in June at Other Space Theater. Tickets available online.

Jason Irwin MFA ’04

The second full-length collection of poetry from Jason Irwin MFA ’04A Blister of Stars, will be published by Low Ghost Press, July 2016.

Lena Coakley ’90

Lena Coakley ’90 announces the release of her young adult novel, Worlds Of Ink And Shadow, a portal fantasy based on the childhood writings of the Brontë siblings. The book debuted in January 2016 on the GlobeMail and Toronto Star bestseller lists. From Amulet (US), Abrams Literary (UK), and HarperCollins Canada (Canada).

Brandi Megan Granett MFA ’98

Brandi Megan Granett MFA ’98 penned a novel for fun and the result is Triple Love Score, a romp with a writing career, a beloved American board game, a sexy graduate student, and the one that got away.

Phillis Levin ’76

Mr. Memory & Other Poems, the fifth collection of poems by Phillis Levin ’76, has been published by Penguin Books.

Robyn Schiff ’95

Robyn Schiff ’95 announces the publication of her book of poetry, A Woman of Property.

Kevin Buckelew ’07

Kevin Buckelew ’07 has received a Fulbright fellowship for Ph.D dissertation research in Taiwan.

Ann Cefola ’81, MFA ’97

Poet Ann Cefola ’81, MFA ’97 will read Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m. with poet George Kraus, host of the popular reading series, Sundays @ the J with George and Friends,  at the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson (371 South Broadway).

Jacqueline Dee Lewis Parker ’84

Jacqueline Dee Lewis Parker ’84 has collage paintings included in the “BIG IDEAS in small packages” exhibition at the Blue Door Art Center (13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY). The show runs through April 23.

Jon Grinspan ’06

Jon Grinspan ’06 announces that his upcoming book, The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century, will be published in May by UNC Press. He has recently written an article for the New York Times on the history of young people in politics.

Laurie Nadel ’69

Dan Rather: Courage Under Fire, produced by Laurie Nadel ’69, will be screened at the Players Theater, (115 MacDougal Street, New York) on Saturday April 23 at 5 pm. In this no-holds barred interview, legendary newsman Dan Rather talks about how big business and big government collude to impede the public's right to know. Tickets available at: The film can also be screened online:

Abigail Welhouse '09

Abigail Welhouse '09 announced the release of her second poetry chapbook, Too Many Humans Of New York, out now from Bottlecap Press. You can order a copy through the Bottlecap Press store:

Chloe Honum '03

Chloe Honum '03 recently accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Baylor University.

Daniel Traub ’94

Daniel Traub ’94 announces the release of his book, Little North Road(, a photographic collaboration that looks at a pedestrian bridge in the middle of Guangzhou. The bridge serves as a symbolic gateway into China from Africa. At the heart of this project is a selection of images collected from two Chinese itinerant portrait photographers, Wu Yong Fu and Zeng Xian Fang. Equipped with digital cameras, they have made a living making portraits for Africans and other groups who wanted a memento of their time in China. Traub’s photographs on the bridge and immediate vicinity explore the broader dynamics of the area and provide a context through which to see these portraits. You can order through Asia Store at Asia Society:

Meredith Monk ‘64

Meredith Monk ‘64 returns to Minnesota in April for a variety of events including a book signing, an artist talk with Philip Bither and a special quartet concert with members of the Vocal Ensemble.

Craig Slonczewski ’81

Whirligig, a solo piano piece composed by Craig Slonczewski ’81, premiered as part of New York Composer’s Circle: A Concert of New Music at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City on February 16.

Michele Brody ’89

Michele Brody ’89 announces her upcoming exhibition, Marking Time. “Spring will come early to East Harlem at the Julio Valdez Studio Project Space (176 E 106th St, 4th Fl, East Harlem),” from April 16 – May 9. Brody “challenges climate change and the tenacity of Nature by turning it upside down and backwards as she sprouts grass without soil in recycled paper.” There will be an opening reception Sunday, April 17th from 3-6 p.m., and paper making workshops during JVS open studios weekend April 30th and May 1st from 2-4 p.m.

Joelle Wallach ’67

Composer Joelle Wallach ’67 will be speaking about Kurt Weill: Music, Politics, Idealism and Exile on Wednesday, April 6 - 8 PM at Congregation Shearith Israel (2 West 70th Street at Central Park West).

Dr. Amanda Foreman ‘91

The Ascent of Woman, the landmark BBC series on the world history of women since 10,000 BC from Dr. Amanda Foreman ‘91, is now streaming on Netflix. 

Dave Porter ’94

Dave Porter ’94 has signed on to compose original music for Preacher, AMC’s adaptation of the envelope-pushing DC/Vertigo comic.

Elissaveta Iordanova MFA ’00, MS ’15

Elissaveta Iordanova MFA ’00, MS ’15, Artistic Director and choreographer of GORANA DANCE -Bulgarian folk dance collective, announces tickets are now available for “Rhythms & Patterns”, a gala concert to commemorate the company’s 10th anniversary, at JCC Manhattan on April 2 at 7 p.m.

Michele Brody ’89

Michele Brody ’89 announces that Reflections in Tea is currently on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts through May 29th. The exhibition features the dried tea bags Brody has used to serve tea to the public through the interactive community-based project Reflections in Tea since 2007. The participants’ conversations are transcribed onto the stained tea bags that have been dried and flattened, culminating in the creation of an ever-growing set of fluttering paper quilts.

Kay Chernush ’66

ArtWorks for Freedom founder and artistic director Kay Chernush ’66 joined partnering artists to help raise awareness about human trafficking at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai. Chernush was also recognized at the Anne Frank Awards and the McCain Institute Human Trafficking Symposium for her compelling photographs as part of "Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking".

Sarah Gottlieb ’09

Yolk, a full-length dance-theater piece from BodyCompass Dance Project directed by Sarah Gottlieb ’09, is now touring in Mexico, including performances at international festivals Festival Internacional de Teatro Susana Alexander and Puebla Baila.

Carolyn Newberger ’63

In the Blink of an Eye, the latest showing of work by Carolyn Newberger ’63, will be exhibited at Galatea Fine Art in Boston throughout April. An opening reception will take place April 1 from 6-8 p.m. Learn more about Newberger’s work at her website.

Tara Passoni ’98

Tara Passoni ’98 took third place and the bronze medal at the CRASH Bs World Indoor Rowing Championship, in the Women's Master's 30-39 Heavyweight category, competing for Chinook Performance Racing.

Alysson Light '07

Alysson Light '07 recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. “I'll be starting in the Fall, and looking forward to connecting with other alumni in Philly!”

Ariel Dougherty '69

Ariel Dougherty '69 announces that her film Sweet Bananas will be screened in Albuquerque at Experiments in Cinema on April 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Guild Cinema. The film also features two alumni, Ann Taylor '69 and Gina Gilmour '71 as well as Weba Garretson, younger sister of Julie Garretson Strand '66.

Bianca Rose Ambrosio MFA ‘14

Bianca Rose Ambrosio MFA ‘14 announces that her play Gracey was selected to premiere at Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Spring Play Competition. The competition will run from March 16-19 at 6:30 pm, and possibly go onto finals which will take place on March 31st at 6:30 and 9:00 pm, as well as April 1st at the same times.

Faith Shearin MFA '93

Faith Shearin MFA '93 announces that her fifth book of poems, Orpheus, Turning, won the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize and was published by Broadkill River Press in December.

John Powell '09

John Powell '09 announces that his first children's book, The Pitkin Kids Learn About Recycling, has been published through Young Street Publishing. The book is about a group of environmentalist kids who visit a recycling center to learn what happens to recycling after you put it in your bin. The book is meant to also inform adults so that families can become stewards of their environment. You can get it on Amazon or ask your local bookseller to stock a copy or two!

Ian Spencer Bell '13

Ian Spencer Bell '13 will be dancing a new solo with poems, Marrow, at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (The Center, 208 West 13th Street, Room 101, New York City) on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 at 8 pm. There is a $15 suggested donation, with proceeds supporting The Center's youth programs and BGSQD. For more information on upcoming performances, visit his website.

Jean Erdman '38

The Earle Ernst Lab Theatre recently held a retrospective celebration of the Aloha Legacy of Dance of Jean Erdman '38. Dancers, musicians, friends, and other professional associates gathered to celebrate her distinguished career on her 100th birthday.

Jenna Esposito ‘00

Jenna Esposito ‘00 is delighted to announce that she is teaming up with NYC nightlife favorite Bill Zeffiro, for an open-ended run at Restaurant Row's La Rivista (313 W 46th St, New York). They'll be there every Wednesday from 8 pm – midnight singing standards, pop, Italian songs, and whatever else pops into their heads! Check her website for all upcoming shows.

Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich MFA '99

Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich MFA '99 announces the that her first poetry chapbook entitled We Are Beautiful Like Snowflakes is now available for pre-order sales. It is being published by Finishing Line Press.

Erik Hammerstrom '97

Erik Hammerstrom '97 published his first book, The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements, with Columbia University Press in August 2015. Examining dozens of previously unstudied writings from the Chinese Buddhist press, this book maps Buddhists' efforts to rethink their traditions through science in the initial decades of the twentieth century. Showcasing the rich and progressive steps Chinese religious scholars took in adapting to science's rising authority, this volume offers a key perspective on how a major Eastern power transitioned to modernity in the twentieth century and how its intellectuals anticipated many of the ideas debated by scholars of science and Buddhism today.

Janet Dephoure '60

Janet Dephoure '60 Just began a new job as a senior technical writer at Digital Guardian, a computer security company in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Jay Strong '78

Jay Strong '78 invites alumni to another reading of his play, The Demi-Orphans, February 21 at 6 pm at Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street) in New York.

Annie Lanzillotto MFA '90

Annie Lanzillotto MFA '90 invites alumni to attend the launch of her audiobook "L is for Lion" Saturday, February 13 from 6 to 9 pm at CityLore (59 East 1st St, New York). “Beads, masks, libations, antics…Mardi Gras and San Valentino energies abound. Have a listen:

Connie Calloway '71

Connie Calloway '71 announces that her book, 100 Pieces of Sun, Diary of a Potted Plant, was published in January. In it, Calloway traces her roots from Alabama to her time at Sarah Lawrence.

Eric John Meyer MFA '09

Eric John Meyer MFA '09 announces the opening of his play, Due to Events, by Human Head Performance Group at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn) on February 5 at 8 pm. Due to Events tells the story of Hero, a woman under house arrest, and her lawyer who travels the world trying to find information that will set her free. The show runs until February 27, go to the website to find tickets.

Erica NewHouse '03

Erica NewHouse '03 will be teaching a new six-week acting workshop in New York City beginning Sunday, February 7 from 4 to 6 pm at Larry Singer Studios (118-122 Baxter St, Suite 403). To sign up or to get more information, call 917.327.5406.

Kristin Leong '03

Kristin Leong '03 spoke at Ignite Education Lab, a talk on education featuring 11 speakers. She teaches middle-school humanities at the International School in Bellevue. Follow her on Twitter @kristinleong and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Lisa Rybovich Cralle '04

Lisa Rybovich Cralle '04 and Sophia Wang will be taking over Interface Gallery (486 49th St, Oakland) from February 14-28, constructing an immersive installation as part of their “Bodily Engagements” series. See the gallery's website for performance times. Cralle will also be participating in a group show, “Unstable Labor” at Syracuse University February 12. “Adler & Edmark have invited a group of artists to submit instructions for artworks that will be made on site by the curators (who are also artists) during their residency at Sculpture Space.”

Beth Hahn MFA '00

Beth Hahn MFA '00 announces that her book, The Singing Bone, will be published by Regan Arts in March 2016.

Emily Gropp Carlson '03

Argos Books published a chapbook of poems by Emily Gropp Carlson '03, Symphony No. 2 in fall 2015. Carlson mentions “the great SLC poetry teacher” Suzanne Gardinier in the opening poem.

Gloria Norris '77

KooKooLand, by Gloria Norris '77, was published by Regan Arts. In the true crime memoir, Norris tells the story of growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire with her “charismatic yet cruel” father.

Jim Melillo '72

Jim Melillo '72 announces the unveiling of the first wine offerings from Melillo and winemaker Jerry Van Vort. “We will be pouring our 2015 whites as well as our 2014 reds after two years in oak. We have brought Santa Barbara quality wines to the east coast and invite all of our fellow wine snobs and winos to come and be amazed.” The tasting will be held March 10 at Priam Vineyards (11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester, Connecticut 06415).

Joy Ladin '82

Joy Ladin '82 is excited to finally share the link to "Ain't I a Woman?", the TEDxBeaconStreet talk she gave in November.

Justin Okin '03

Justin Okin '03 will be performing in the West Coast Premiere of Samuel Hunter's Pocotello presented by the award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre Company, opening February 13. The cast includes Eden Brolin, Anne Gee Byrd, Matthew Elkins, and Tracie Lockwood. Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello—a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can't serve enough Soup, Salad & Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Hunter's Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.

Leah Umansky MFA '04

Leah Umansky MFA '04 has a new dystopian-themed chapbook of poems forthcoming from Kattywompus Press, Straight Away the Emptied World, this February. More information is available at

Leslie McGuirk '82

Leslie McGuirk '82 has launched her latest project, Quirkyville, an imaginary sea world inhabited by quirky sea creatures. “They deal with the same feelings and issues we humans face everyday. Their positive messages inspire us to be ourselves. Each of these creatures teach us that when you take the time to look below the surface, it's cool to be quirky."

Nina Gibans '54

WVIZ ideastream public broadcasting will be airing a film by Nina Gibans '54 on January 31. University Circle: Creating A Sense of Place is a comprehensive look at the history and resurgence of Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood.

Patricia Dunn MFA '98

Rebels By Accident by Patricia Dunn MFA '98 received honorable mention for the Middle East Outreach Council 2015 Children and Young Adult Books on Middle East Awards.

Stuart Diamond MFA '73

Master of the Astral Plane, the 1982 opera by Stuart Diamond MFA '73, will be broadcast on WBAI 99.5 as part of Ear Massage with Mark Laiosa Sunday, January 17th at 3 a.m. The program is in honor of the great voice of classical music Harry Fleetwood and the opera itself is a tribute to Fleetwood as it incorporates his narration into the storyline. “For those who would rather not wake up in the middle of the night to listen, you can catch the opera here: Master of the Astral Plane.”

Annie Novak '05

The Rooftop Growing Guide book coverAnnie Novak '05 announces the upcoming release of her book for urban gardeners, The Rooftop Growing Guide, in February.

Diane Cantor '76

The Poisoned Table book coverDiane Cantor '76 announces the publication of her historical novel The Poisoned Table. It tells the story of the rivalry between fictional actress Isabel Graves and real-life 19th century stage sensation Fanny Kemble, and also deals with first-person accounts of American slavery and the roles and conditions of women and children in the 19th century.

Elissa Sussman '05

Burn book coverElissa Sussman '05 continues her young adult series with the release of her new novel, Burn, January 12.

Erin Boyle '06

Simple Matters book coverErin Boyle '06 will have her first book, Simple Matters, published by Abrams Books on January 12, 2016. Boyle shares her philosophy of small-space living and conscious consumption—values she developed living with her husband in a 240-square foot apartment for three years.

Eva Kittay '67

This year, Eva Kittay '67 received an NEH Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship for a book she is writing on the challenges that cognitive disability poses to a number of important philosophical conceptions. She was also elected Vice President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, automatically becoming President next year.

Jane Freeman '71

Artwork by Jane FreemanJane Freeman '71 will be showing her work with Bix Lye and Dee Shapiro in a show at Art 101 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Art 101 was founded in 2004 by Ellen Rand '62. The exhibition, which features Freeman's small watercolors and gouaches, opens January 8 with a reception from 6-9 p.m. and runs through February 14. View more of Freeman's work at

Jay Strong '78

Jay Strong '78 invites alumni to join the next SLC Playwrights Workshop on Sunday, January 10 at 6 p.m. If you'd like to be a part of this exciting opportunity to read, present, and develop new works by up and coming playwrights, please contact to join their mailing list.

Manissa Maharawal '05

When We Fight We Win! book coverManissa Maharawal '05 was interviewed for and featured extensively in a recent publication by Greg Jobin-Leeds. When We Fight, We Win! looks at the past decade of activism, from #BlackLivesMatter to Occupy Wall Street.

Pepper Fajans '07

Pepper Fajans '07 and Kay Ottinger '10 were recently featured in The New York Times for their work with the Brooklyn Studios for Dance, “a space devoted to the pedagogy and practice of dance that opened in May in the gymnasium of Cadman Congregational Church.”

Stephanie Brody '76

Stephanie Brody '76 is pleased to announce the release of her book Entering Night Country, published by Routledge as part of the "Psychoanalysis in a New Key" book series.

Ashley Beldon-Egbuna '98

Ashley Beldon-Egbuna '98 invites everyone to check out her Pilates mat videos on her website, Move to Thrive.

Elissaveta Iordanova MFA '00, MS '15

Elissaveta Iordanova MFA '00, MS '15, an Artistic Director and choreographer of GORANA DANCE -Bulgarian folk dance collective, announces the 10th Anniversary of the company making. "Rhythms & Patterns" is a performance, which will be presented on April 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. at JCC Manhattan and commemorate the celebration. All are welcome!

Leah Umansky MFA '04

Leah Umansky MFA '04 will have a new dystopian/sci-fi poetry chapbook out in Spring 2016 with Kattywompus Press called Straight Away the Emptied World.

Leslie Feinberg '07

Prohibition Bakery book coverLeslie Feinberg '07 opened Prohibition Bakery in New York City in 2012, and this fall published a cookbook of the same name. Prohibition Bakery includes more than 50 recipes for boozy mini cupcakes adapted for the home cook.

Maggie Kneip MFA '81

Maggie Kneip MFA '81 recently published her memoir Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life, which was highlighted in the New York Post.

Mike Levine '07

Oh, the Flesh You Will Eat! book coverA highly infectious collection of Dr. Seuss spoofs, Oh, the Flesh You Will Eat! By Dr. Vireuss (aka Mike Levine '07) has been released in hardback. There's the tale of a man who would not—could not!—let a doctor save his life, a sick boy who puts healthy people into quarantine, and a little flesh-eating virus who goes on a big adventure.

Virginia Pye MFA '87

Dreams of the Red Phoenix book coverVirginia Pye MFA '87 published her second novel, Dreams of the Red Phoenix, in October. The novel is set in the summer of 1937 in North China, taking her grandmother's life as inspiration.

Ellen Perecman ‘75

New Worlds Theatre Project will present the world premiere of David Pinski's comic tragedy, Professor Brenner, in a translation by Ellen Perecman ‘75, beginning Sunday, November 1 at 2pm at 145 Sixth Avenue. See more information here.

Georgia Lee Hussey '01

Georgia Lee Hussey '01 announced that she recently launched Modernist Financial. She wishes to educate and empower creative thinkers through financial planning and asset management. Learn more at

Jay Strong '78

Jay Strong '78 announced that November 8 is the NEXT SLC Playwriting Workshop. Attention Playwrights and Screenwriters: Need a fresh perspective? Have all or part of your current work in progress read by professional actors, then supportively discussed in a relaxed atmosphere at the SLC Playwriting Workshop. SLCPW is a FREE informal writing development group, we meet second Sunday of every month at 6pm. Our next meeting is Sunday, November 8. If you'd like to participate, contact

Judith Silverman '77

Judith Silverman '77 was recently featured on PBS television, along with her award-winning film, The Hidden Face of Suicide. Watch the interview with Judith on Youtube. For more information on The Hidden Face of Suicide and Judith's other works, please see:

Margo Stever MFA '88

Margo Stever MFA '88 announced the publication of the book, Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S.Diplomatic Mission to Asia, that she co-authored with her son, James Taft Stever. The book was first published by Zhejiang University Press in 2012 and then through a collaboration of the University of Cincinnati and Zhejiang University Press in 2015. Looking East documents a historic trip led by William Howard Taft during his tenure as secretary of war during Theodore Roosevelt's administration.

Mike Soto MFA '09

Mike Soto MFA '09 announced his nomination for the 2015 Best of Net Anthology, for his poem, When the firing squad lined up, honeyoriginally published in Radar Poetry. See more information on Radar Poetry's web site.

Robert Danberg '96

Teaching Writing While Standing on One Foot, by Robert Danberg '96, was published by Sense Publishers in June 2015. A work of creative nonfiction bends genres such as the lyric essay, instructional manuals, midrash and self-help. It invites readers to meditate on their own lives as learners and teachers, alongside their reading to create a commentary of their own on the essential uncertainty of teaching what must be learned from experience.

Brooke Ciardelli '87

The Arthur Miller Society presents the premiere of a Syrian-Muslim interpretation of Arthur Miller's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE created and directed by Brooke Ciardelli '87 on October 17 at the Arthur Miller Centennial. Learn more about Brooke at

Whitney Biancur '13

Whitney Biancur '13, Associate Producer, announced The Elephant In Every Room I Enter, at La MaMa through October 31. Tickets online at

Audrey Heimler MS '71

Audrey Heimler MS '71 shared with us that in 1991, she wrote an article about an unidentified genetic syndrome, that has since been known as Heimler syndrome. Recently a geneticist identified the gene for Heimler syndrome. He was successful and this report was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics -- so now there is a Heimler syndrome and a gene for Heimler syndrome!

Kaui Hart Hemmings MFA '02

The new YA novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings MFA '02, Juniors, is released by Penguin Putnam today. It is available on Amazon and other booksellers.

Kate Scelsa '02

Kate Scelsa '02 will be promoting the publication of her novel Fans of the Impossible Life with a reading and conversation with fellow YA author Nicola Yoon at the Los Angeles Central Library (630 W. 5th St) on Sunday, September 20 at 3pm.

Lynn Gilbert '59

Photographer Lynn Gilbert '59 is blogging for Cornucopia with a series of posts that take us on a journey through Turkish homes. Read them here.

Prilla Smith Brackett '64

Prilla Smith Brackett '64 will be featured in two exhibits this fall: Prilla Smith Brackett: Fractured Vision II will be at Catamount Arts (111 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819) September 16 through October 25 with an artist reception on Friday, October 2, 5-7 pm. Reveal: Grace Bentley-Scheck, Prilla Smith Brackett, Nina Wishnok opens at 13 Forest Gallery (167A Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474) on September 19 with an opening reception and print fair 4-6 pm, running through November 13. The 3 artists and 2 others will discuss process October 17, 4-6pm.

A.M. Homes '85

A.M. Homes '85 talks with Salman Rushdie about his first adult novel in six years, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 at Symphony Space. Tickets available online.

Kate Scelsa ‘02

Calling all YA fans: Join Kate Scelsa ‘02 and Mariko Tamaki as they chat about Scelsa's new book, Fans of the Impossible Life. The reading takes place at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.) at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15.

Nancy Donehower '79

Nancy Donehower '79 announced the publication of her book, College Admissions Without the Crazy (Senza Pazzia Press, 2014). The book draws on Nancy's background as a psychologist and thirty years of experience helping students navigate the college admissions process. It helps students understand why they get stuck as they search for, apply to, and ultimately choose a college to attend.

Brigitte Gouchoe MFA '11

Brigitte Gouchoe MFA '11 (aka Brigitte Quinn) has published Anchored, a novel based on her experience as a broadcast journalist for 1010 WINS and Fox News.

Dr. Laurie Nadel's '69

Read The Huffington Post article, "Pastrami and Wisdom: Dr. Wayne Dyer on 'The Afternoon of Life", by Dr. Laurie Nadel's '69.

Kay Chernush '66

Kay Chernush '66 announced that her organization, ArtWorks for Freedom launched its new web site, with a new display of their arts portfolio and a new emphasis on storytelling through their blog. ArtWorks for Freedom is committed to building widespread public awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and inspiring creative action toward its eradication.

Meredith Monk '64

Meredith Monk '64 will be among the recipients of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal today for her "contributions as a composer, singer, and performer. Renowned for her groundbreaking vocal techniques, Ms. Monk has reimagined the instrument of voice with her innovative work." See for more information.

Joelle Wallach '67

Joelle Wallach '67 will be speaking 14 times this Fall as part of the New York Philharmonic Insights Pre-Concert Lectures series. November 4, 5, 6 and 7 - Mozart in Vienna, November 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17 - Rachmaninoff: Melancholy & Marchand's, December 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 - Handel's Miraculous Messiah. More about these and her other upcoming lectures at

Kate Scelsa '02

Kate Scelsa '02 announced the publication of her debut novel, Fans of the Impossible Life, on September 9, 2015. It's been chosen as an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Fall Pick and just got a starred review in Publishers Weekly. The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.

Laurie Blauner '75

Laurie Blauner '75 is winner of the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest and her novel called The Solace of Monsters will be published in Fall 2016. See for more information.

Alexandra Davin '98

Alexandra Davin '98 will be offering a therapeutic drama group for support and personal growth through creative play, this September on Friday mornings. Using theater, movement, music, and art as tools, the class will build a supportive environment to explore uncertainy and to promote positive change. Sessions are 90 minutes long weekly and run for eight weeks. The location is in midtown Manhattan and the cost is $350. For more information, please email

Robert Ivey MFA '08

Robert Ivey MFA '08 announced that his chapbook, Letters to My Daughter, is being published by Blue Lyra Review on February 15, 2016. It will be featured in Vol. 1 of the Delphi Series of books. Blue Lyra Review will sell the book on kindle and in print and at Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The book will contain three chapbooks by three authors: Robert Ivey, Anna Leahy, and Karen George.

Cynthia Bardes '63

Pansy in the Palace by Cynthia Bardes '63 (the first in what is now a series of children's books featuring the adventurous brown poodle and a young girl named Avery) has been adapted into a musical called Poodleful! Presented by Riverside Theatre (3250 Riverside Park Dr, Vero Beach, Florida), the show is “Broadway ready” and debuts with performances September 18-20. Tickets are available at Riverside box office or online.

Amanda Foreman ‘91

The Ascent of Woman is a landmark four-part documentary series for BBC Two written and presented by Amanda Foreman ‘91 that charts the role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years. Amanda argues that the history of women isn't a straight line from Eve's apple to Margaret Sanger's Pill. Over the past ten thousand years it has veered wildly between extremes of freedom and oppression, inclusion and exclusion. The Ascent of Woman starts 2nd September on BBC Two at 9pm.

Judson Simmons MFA '04

Judson Simmons MFA '04 announced that his new chapbook, "Sparrow, Sparrow", will be published by Finishing Line Press this September. See the Finishing Lines Press web site for more information.

Carol Zoref '76, MFA '97

Carol Zoref '76, MFA '97 has won the 2015 AWP Award Series for the Novel for Barren Island (New Issues Press). Judge Paul Harding said: "Barren Island is a wonderful synthesis of character and history… the author immerses us in a world most readers would never otherwise have known existed.”

Jeffrey McDaniel '90

Jeffrey McDaniel '90 will be reading at The Ugly Mug Cafe in Orange on Wednesday, August 26th at 8 pm, $3 cover.

Leah Umansky MFA ‘04

Leah Umansky MFA ‘04 will make her Chicago debut with a poetry reading later this summer.

David Schiller '66

David Schiller '66 announced the revised version of his two-volume translation and study of Confucius' Analects entitled, CONFUCIUS: Discussions/Conversations or, the Analects [Lun-yu]. Volume I and Volume II are now available for sale on Amazon. Included with the translation are a short history of early China, a short biography of Confucius, extensive summaries of the important commentaries from early Chinese philosophers, chronologies of dynasties and personages, and a concordance of key Chinese characters (both with original characters and transliterations) used in the text.

Jesse Heffler MFA '13 and Vinny Mraz MFA '15

Win for Life: A Corny Play is playing now at The New York International Fringe Festival. Directed by faculty member Kevin Confoy (and written by his daughter Quincy, a long ago alum of the ECC), it features the talents of Sound Designer Jesse Heffler MFA '13, Assistant Director Vinny Mraz MFA '15, and Production Assistant Claribel Gross MFA '16.

Remaining performances will be Friday, 8/21 (9 pm), Sunday, 8/23 (12:15 pm), and Thursday, 8/27 (4:30 pm) at The Celebration of Whimsy Theater.

Nicole Grabow '95

Nicole Grabow '95 will a public lecture on Art Conservation at the Des Moines Art Center. Have you ever wondered what happens when artwork is damaged? How does the passage of time affect sculpture? What issues are considered when conserving priceless artworks? Did you know that artist David Smith sometimes did his own touch-up painting or that Henry Moore's bronze sculpture was once rolled down a hill? Nicole Grabow, who has worked to repair and conserve several Art Center sculptures in the last year will share images, research, and stories in this fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of art conservation at the Des Moines Art Center.

Kate Scelsa '02

The upcoming Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa '02 was included in a discussion in the NY Daily News.

Stephanie R. Cooper '65, MFA '76

Stephanie R. Cooper '65, MFA '76 featured in the New York Times fighting a new kind of vertical development on the UWS.

Kaui Hart Hemmings MFA '02

Kaui Hart Hemmings MFA '02 announced that her first young adult novel, JUNIORS, will be published by Penguin Putnam September 2015. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Melissa Crowe MFA '99

After serving as a member of the editorial board for five years, Melissa Crowe MFA '99 has been named co-editor, with Rachel Contreni Flynn, of Beloit Poetry Journal.

Michael Leong MFA '03

Michael Leong MFA '03 received a 2016 Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to translate, with Ignacio Infante, the avant-garde Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro.

Rhona Free '78

Rhona Free '78, became president of the University of Saint Joseph on July 1, 2015.

Robert Perry Ivey's '08

Stone River Sky bookcover"To Home," a poem by Robert Perry Ivey's '08, which was first published in Lumina, has been selected for publication in Negative Capability Press's Stone, River, Sky: Anthology of Georgia Poems. The anthology features Sarah Lawrence's Thomas Lux as well as current Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and former president Jimmy Carter. It is available on Amazon.

Carolyn Newberger '63

Carolyn Newberger '63 has been illustrating her husband Eli Newberger's performance reviews for The Berkshire Edge. She says, "It's been fun and challenging, drawing in real time, in the dark, during performances." Check out her latest illustrations and find more throughout the website.

Chelsea Catalanotto '12

Chelsea Catalanotto '12 was recently awarded an official selection for her film "Someone Else" which was selected out of 1000+ global entrants, to screen at the prestigious Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival, an indie event held annually in Hollywood.