New School News

The New School’s Academic Year in Books 2017-18: Alumni

The 2017-2018 academic year was a prolific 12 months for The New School’s alumni authors, with dozens of books in various genres — nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and children and young adults — hitting the shelves.

Among the titles readers couldn’t put down were The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close, MFA Creative Writing ’05, and Stay or Go: Dr. Ruth’s Rules for Real Relationships by Ruth Westheimer, MA Sociology ’59. (Check one out and take it to the beach!)

The following is a list of books by alumni released over the 2017-18 academic year. It will continue to be updated as more titles are submitted for inclusion (email Also check out The New School’s list of faculty-authored books.

Heather Abel, MFA Creative Writing ’04 / The Optimistic Decade (Algonquin Books)

Ahmad Al-Ashqar, MFA Creative Writing ’17 / Advances in Embroidery: Poems, with Translations from Mahmoud Darwish (Poets and Traitors)

Lessie Branch, PhD Public and Urban Policy ’15 / Optimism at All Costs: Black Attitudes, Activism, and Advancement in Obama’s America (University of Massachusetts Press)

Selene Castrovilla, MFA Creative Writing ’04 / Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold (Calkins Creek)

Kheryn Callender, MFA Creative Writing ’14 / Hurricane Child (Scholastic)

Jennifer Close, MFA Creative Writing ’05 / The Hopefuls (Knopf Doubleday)

Dhonielle Clayton, MFA Creative Writing ’12 / The Belles (Freeform)

Christine Dimmick, BFA Communication Design ’91 / Detox Your Home (Rowman & Littlefield)

Brooke Ellsworth, MFA Creative Writing ’13 / Serenade (Octopus Books)

John Findura, MFA Creative Writing ’06 / Submerged (Five Oaks Press)

Siobhan Fallon, MFA Creative Writing ’01 / The Confusion of Languages (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Louis Fisher, PhD Politics ’66 / Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power: Unconstitutional Leanings (University Press of Kansas)

Anna Fishbeyn, MFA Creative Writing ’04 / The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield (Arcade Publishing)

Gary L. Ford, MFA Creative Writing ’06 / Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice under Law (University of Alabama Press)

Lenea Grace, MFA Creative Writing ’12 / A Generous Latitude (ECW Press)

Gareth Hinds, BFA Illustration ’94 / Poe: Stories and Poems (Random House)  

Morten Høi Jensen, Literary Studies ’11 / The Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen (Yale University Press)

Jeff T. Johnson MFA Creative Writing ’11 / Trouble Songs: A Musicological Poetics (Punctum Books)

Tadzio Koelb, BFA Fine Arts ’93 / Trenton Makes (Random House)

Suzanne LaFleur, MFA Creative Writing / Threads of Blue (Wendy Lamb Books)

Amy Lawless, MFA Creative Writing ’07 / Broadax (Octopus Books)

Deirdra McAfee, MFA Creative Writing ’04 (co-editor) / Lock and Load: Armed Fiction (University of New Mexico Press)

Anna Meriano, MFA Creative Writing ’16 / Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble (Harper Collins)

Sarah Moriarty, MFA Creative Writing ’07 / North Haven (Little A)

Alexandra Oliva, MFA Creative Writing ’11 / The Last One (Random House)

Joy Rhoades, MFA Creative Writing ’05 / The Woolgrower’s Companion (Bantam Australia)

Julia Lynn Rubin, MFA Creative Writing ’17 / Burro Hills (Diversion Books)

Jessica Siskin, MFA Creative Writing ’16 / Treat Yourself! (Workman Publishing)

Emily Skillings, BA The Arts ’10 / Fort Not (The Song Cave Press)

Sarah Nicole Smetana, MFA Creative Writing ’13 / The Midnights (Harper Collins)

Magali Duzant, MFA Photography ’14 / Light Blue Desire (Conveyor Editions)

Andrew Weatherhead MFA Creative Writing ’12 / Todd (Monster House Press)

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, MA Sociology ’59 / Stay or Go: Dr. Ruth’s Rules for Real Relationships (Amazon Publishing)

Catherine Woodard, MFA Creative Writing ’02 / Opening the Mouth of the Dead (Lone Goose Press)

Laura Esther Wolfson, MFA Creative Writing ’07 / For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors (University of Iowa Press)

Take The Next Step

Submit your application


To apply to any of our Bachelor's programs (Except the Bachelor's Program for Adult Transfer Students) complete and submit the Common App online.

Graduates and Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctural, Professional Studies Diploma, Graduates Certificate, or Associate's programs, or to apply to the Bachelor's Program for Adult and Transfer Students, complete and submit the New School Online Application.