Milestones, awards, and new books by Paris writing workshop graduates

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, the debut novel by Patricia Engel (PAA '03), will be published by Grove Press in August. Depicting a portrait of a Paris caught between old world grandeur and the international greenblood elite, Engel's novel follows an American girl who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance in Paris. Publisher's Weekly notes that “Engel has a knack for showing how Paris’s charms are both real and always verging on cliché . . . an appealing fairy tale quality.”

"Praying to Allah on Bastille Day," a travel story originally drafted at the Paris Writing Workshop by Kate Korman (PAA '10, '11), won the 2012–2013 Boston Review Essay Contest. Judge Glenn Loury noted, “In this quirky short story—a gripping interior monologue narrated in the second person—the author explores themes of religion and sexuality with humor and grace.” Karen Williams (PAA '12) won the 2013 Writersphere Prize on the strength of her short story "Hunting Pirates"; and "Locked Doors," a short story by Andrew Bezek (PAA '12), garnered honorable mention in the 2013 Wallace Prize, the most prestigious independently awarded undergraduate writing prize for fiction at Yale University. Tommy Pico (PAA '11) recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to produce a "best of" anthology of stories, poems, and interviews from Birdsong, his Brooklyn-based 'zine.

Several former PAA students have gained admittance into creative-writing graduate schools on the strength of their Paris Writing Workshop portfolios, including: Lillian Klein (PAA '11, '12), who was accepted into Columbia University's MFA program; Sara Webster (PAA '12), who was accepted into New York University's MFA program; Jann Simmons (PAA '12) who was accepted into Rutgers-Camden's MFA program; and Sonal Aggarwal (PAA '10) who has started an MA in Prose Writing at the University of East Anglia in England.