Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Class of 1991

The authors from the class of 1991 are Leah Hager Cohen, the first seminar alumnus to receive a contract based on her work in the class, and Elizabeth Kadetsky.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen is the first seminar alumnus to receive a contract based on her work in the seminar. Her book was titled "Train Go Sorry."

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Elizabeth Kadetsky

BOOK: First There Is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance
WEB SITE: ElizabethKadetsky.com

Elizabeth Kadetsky's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Best New American Voices, the Pushcart Prizes anthology and Gettysburg Review. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in creative writing to India, she is the author of First There Is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance, a memoir of her time there (Little, Brown & Company, 2004).


This year, she has new non-fiction in Antioch Review and Going Hungry--an anthology of memoir-writing from Vintage/Anchor. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The Nation, Ms, Glamour, the Village Voice, Santa Monica Review and many other venues.

She has received artists grants from PEN American Center and the Dodge Foundation, and fellowships to attend MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation and several European residencies including Camargo Foundation near Marseille, France; Chateau de la Napoule, outside Nice; CAMAC Foundation, outside Paris; Fundación Valparaiso, near Málaga, Spain; and the St. James Centre for Creativity, in Valletta, Malta.

She grew up in New York City and is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, the MFA Fiction program at UC Irvine and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has taught narrative journalism and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Ohio State University and Columbia. She is currently on the creative writing faculty at University of Pittsburgh teaching fiction and nonfiction.

About First There Is a Mountain:

First There Is a Mountain book cover

What began as a spiritual journey ends as something more: a memoir, a love story, a portrait of a country caught between a mythical past and an ambiguous modernity, and the biography of a man who pioneered the phenomenon of modern yoga. First There Is a Mountain is a beautifully written and moving portrayal of the endlessly fraught but utterly compelling dance of East and West.

"Kadetsky's book seamlessly combines the emotions of a meaningful personal journey with a journalist's rigor and scope-I found it both inspiring and educational. Makes you want to get up on your feet and have a body."

-- Aimee Bender, author of An Invisible Sign of My Own

"A highly readable and unusually informed look into a milieu that many regard romantically but few know firsthand and even fewer have described so engagingly."

-- Yoga Journal

"A luminous account"

-- Poets & Writers

"Elizabeth Kadetsky brings her fierce intelligence and savvy style to bear on the most intimate and unmapped of literary territory: the body, pulling you into a journey both exotic and achingly familiar."

-- Melanie Thernstrom, author of Halfway Heaven

"Elizabeth Kadetsky brings a good dose of journalistic skepticism to her own memoir, as well as writerly grace and beauty. The result is a most unusual book, reading at times as a political history, at times as a comedy of manners, at times as a vivid travelogue but always as a deeply personal and strangely urgent tale of a woman and her body."

-- Leah Hager Cohen, author of Glass, Paper, Beans: Revelations on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things

"First There Is a Mountain gives yoga the respect and tough-minded scrutiny it deserves shedding light on its murky history in India, its curious arrival in the West, and its limber masters who . . . proclaim themselves yoga s only authentic heir. This is a wonderful book colorful, honest, smart and wise."

-- Martha Sherrill, author of The Buddha from Brooklyn

"Like a raga, delicate and beautiful, with an undercurrent that will pull you, feverishly, into a startling world."

-- Katherine Russell Rich, author of The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer and Back

"First There Is a Mountain is an intriguing journey into the sometimes magical, sometimes mystifying world of yoga. I loved this book."

-- Maggie Estep, author of HEX

"Like an electric lotus, this book dazzles with its hard-won revelations."

-- Rachel Resnick, author of Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick: A Novel of Separation

"Gonzo yoga the next time you pull out a yoga mat, you might just see a mirage of the memorable Kadetsky upside-down next to you."

-- Edie Meidav, author of The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon

Contributed by Elizabeth Kadetsky