Month: July 2016

Alum News: Emily Heiden

Emily Heiden, who graduated from UConn as an Honors English major with a concentration in creative writing in 2005, had an essay published in The Washington Post titled “Why I Gave Up,” which she wrote in her MFA program in Creative Writing at George Mason University. This coming September, her poem “At Pike Place Market” is scheduled for publication in the literary journal Juked. Emily will begin a doctoral program in Creative Writing in the fall and hopes to continue publishing. Best wishes to Emily!

Busy Month for Gina Barreca

In June, Barreca received an honorary degree from Charter Oak State College, where she was the graduation speaker, gave the graduation speech at the Lincoln School in Providence, RI., gave the opening night dinner talk at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale (for the fourteenth year in a row) and was the keynote speaker at the UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference. Her weekly columns for the Tribune are increasing in circulation and now appear on a regular basis in newspapers around the world and her blog for Psychology Today has garnered well over 4 million views. This month, Gina was recognized as UConn’s first Engagement Fellow for the academic year 2016-2017.

Gina Barreca Leans In

Gina Barreca was a featured speaker/performer at The 92nd Street Y, with a focus on her new book from St. Martin’s Press If You Lean in, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? To a sold-out crowd, Gina was interviewed by Amy Dickinson of “Ask Amy” and NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” about life, advice, writing and humor. If You Lean In also received Elle Magazine’s Readers’ Pick Prize for June and was the focus of a talk Gina presented at the Hunter College Writer’s Conference.