MFA in Creative Writing Alumns at The New School

Gabriel Don, Fiction '13, talks to Amanda Smeltz, Poetry '11, and Robert Siek, Poetry '99.

Robert Siek's poems have appeared in journals such as The Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Mary, Assaracus, and Chelsea Station. In 2002, the New School published his chapbook Clubbed Kid, and in 2007, he was included in the short-fiction anthology Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground. His first full-length collection of poetry, Purpose and Devil Piss is now available from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Amanda Smeltz is the author of Imperial Bender, her debut full-length collection (Typecast 2013). She is the assistant poetry editor of Forklift, Ohio. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Gabriel Don's work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Brooklyn Rail, Short Fast and Deadly, A Place We Know Well, The Nirvana Project, The Saudade Review, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light, Yes, Poetry and She has appeared in visual poems such as Woman Without Umbrella ( and Unbound She started several reading-soiree series including Pies and Scribes and Dias Y Flores in New York City and is editorial staff at LIT. Gabriel Don is not just a human, she is a #bookdress and can be found on Amazon @

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