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2015 Alumni and Faculty Book Publications


The New School’s author community had a busy 2015: Alumni and faculty members have collectively published 50-plus books this year, including full-length poetry collections, novels and novellas, short story collections, and books for young adult readers, as well as anthologies and critical studies.

Even more impressive, many of these books have been included on 2015 best books lists by critics at the New York Times, NPR, Publisher’s Weekly, and other media outlets. We are proud to share the list, which we will continue to update as more titles are submitted for inclusion (please email


Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, And The Making Of Modern Political Culture (Oxford University Press)

Tiphanie Yanique, Wife (Peepal Tree Press)

Jeff Smith, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison (St. Martin’s Press)

Will Semmler, The Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming, with Lucas Bernard (Oxford University Press)

Heike Jenss, Fashioning Memory: Vintage Style and Youth Culture (Bloomsbury Academic)

Susan Cheever, Drinking in America: Our Secret History (Twelve Books)

Alice Eve Cohen (’99), The Year My Mother Came Back: A Memoir (Algonquin Books)

Elaine Equi, Sentences and Rain (Coffee House Press)

Simon Critchley, Memory Theatre (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Angela Flournoy, The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Orit Halpern, Beautiful Data (Duke University Press)

Ann Snitow, The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary (Duke University Press)

John Freeman, Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival (Grove Atlantic, Inc.)

Ann Hood, editor, Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing about Knitting (W. W. Norton & Co.)

David Lehman, Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, HarperCollins; The Best American Poetry 2015, Scribner; The State of the Art: A Chronicle of American Poetry, 1998-2014 (University of Pittsburgh Press)

David Levithan, Another Day (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Erica Kohl-Arenas, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (University of California Press)

Deva Woodly, The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford University Press)

Cinzia Arruzza, Ennead II.5: On What Is Potentially and What Actually (Parmenides Publishing)

Sharon Mesmer, Welcome to My Girlie Leisure Place (Bloof Books)

Kathleen Ossip (’98), The Do-Over (Sarabande Books)

Dale Peck, Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS (Soho Press)

Rebecca Reilly (’98), Repetition (Four Way Books)

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights, with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph (Oxford University Press)

Dominic Pettman, Infinite Distraction (Polity Press)

Tor Seidler, Firstborn (Antheneum Books for Young Readers)

Susan Shapiro, What’s Never Said (Heliotrope Books)

Benjamin Taylor, Proust: The Search, Yale University Press; There is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction by Saul Bellow (Penguin)

Sarah Weeks, Honey (Scholastic Press)

Rafi Youatt, Counting Species (University of Minnesota Press)

Rachel Heiman, Driving after Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburb (University of California Press)

Wendy S. Walters, Multiply/Divide (Sarabande Books)


All the authors are graduates of the MFA Creative Writing program

Brandon Caro (’16), Old Silk Road (Post Hill Press)

Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (’12) Tiny Pretty Things (HarperTeen)

Jill Dearman (’07), The Great Bravura (She Writes Press)

Brian DeLeeuw (’07) The Dismantling, (Plume)

Ben Fama (’14), Fantasy (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Sarah Gerard (’12), Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio)

Lee Matthew Goldberg (’06), Slow Down (New Pulp Press)

Michael Goldstein (’16), Omagatoki: When Yokai Emerge and Yokai Character Collection (Turn the Page Publishing)

Lisa Graff (’06), Lost in the Sun (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Jenny Han (’06), P.S. I Still Love You (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Corey Ann Haydu (’12), Making Pretty and Rules for Stealing Stars (Katherine Tegen Books)

Benjamin Hedin (’04), In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now (City Lights Books)

Scott Alexander Hess (’09), The Butcher’s Sons (Lethe Press)

Heidi R. Kling (’01), Paint My Body Red (Entangled Publishing)

David H. Lippman (’01), World War II Plus 75: The Road To War (Smashwords)

Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir (William Morrow)

Ken Murray (’09), Eulogy (Tightrope Books)

Elizabeth Sanders (’09), The Last Light (Broken Levee Books)

Jessica Verdi (’12), What You Left Behind (Sourcebooks)

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