2022 Festival of Debut Authors

Join The Common’s special events team on April 13th at 7:00pm for our 2022 Festival of Debut Authors, an evening devoted to emerging talents! The celebration will highlight poets and prose writers Priyanki Sacheti, Jeremy Michael Clark, Hiten Samtani, Danielle Ola, Carlie Hoffman, and Amalia Gladhart

Hosted by Ben Shattuck and Sara Elkamel, the festival will feature readings and conversation, and aims to raise scholarship funds for the magazine’s Young Writers Program.

Register for the free event or make a donation to The Common Young Writers Fund here! 


Headshot of Jeremy Michael Clark Jeremy Michael Clark was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poem-A-Day, West Branch, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He was recently named a finalist for the National Poetry Series and a semifinalist for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He lives in Brooklyn. 



Headshot of Amalia Gladhart

Amalia Gladharts short fiction appears in journals including The Common, Cordella Magazine, Saranac Review, Stonecrop, Nowhere Magazine, and Portland Review’s 2019 anthology, Unchartable: On Environmental Unknowns. Detours, a sequence of prose poems, was published by Burnside Review Press. Best Laid Plans, a comic novella set at Flagship U, can be found online at The Fantasist Magazine (Issue 9). She is the recipient of a Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has translated novels and short fiction by Alicia Yánez Cossío, Gilda Holst, and Angélica Gorodischer, most recently Gorodischer’s Jaguars’ Tomb, published by Vanderbilt University Press. She is Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon. 


Headshot of Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman‘s debut poetry collection is This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021). Her second collection is forthcoming with Four Way Books in 2023. A poet and literary translator, her honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize and a Poets & Writers Amy Award. Carlie is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Purchase College, SUNY and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Orange Journal, where she curates and edits the interview series Small Orange Conversations with Poets. She lives in Brooklyn.


Headshot of Danielle Batalion Ola

Danielle Batalion Ola was born and raised on the island of Kaua’i. Her honors include a 2019 Creative Nonfiction Fellowship with the inaugural Kundiman Mentorship Lab and a 2020 Tin House Scholarship. You can find her work in publications such as Epiphany Magazine, Carve Magazine and The Common, among others. Her memoir is in progress.



Headshot of Priyanka Sacheti

Priyanka Sacheti is a writer and poet based in Bangalore, India. She grew up in the Sultanate of Oman and previously lived in the United Kingdom and United States. She’s published extensively on gender, environment, culture, and art in print and digital publications across the world. Her literary work and art have appeared in many literary journals such as The Common, Barren, The Lunchticket, and Jaggery Lit as well as various poetry and short story anthologies. She’s currently working on a poetry and short story collection. She can be found as @atlasofallthatisee on Instagram and @priyankasacheti on Twitter. 


Headshot of Hiten SamtaniHiten Samtani is a writer from Dubai living between Los Angeles and New York. He’s a very fine Ping-Pong player and a terrible dancer.





headshot of Ben ShattuckBen Shattuck (b. 1984) is a graduate and former Teaching-Writing Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the director of the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency and the curator of the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. He is the recipient of a PEN America Best Debut Short Story Award and a Pushcart Prize. His writing can be found in the Harvard Review, The Common, the Paris Review Daily, Lit Hub, Kinfolk Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other publications. His essay collection—following Henry David Thoreau’s walks throughout New England—will be published by Tin House in April 2022. He lives on the coast of Massachusetts, where he owns and runs a general store built in 1793. Read his Pushcart Prize-winning Issue 16 story, “The History of Sound,” here.


headshot of Sara ElkamelSara Elkamel is a poet and journalist living between her hometown, Cairo, and New York City. She holds an MA in arts journalism from Columbia University and is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. Elkamel’s poems have appeared in The Common, Michigan Quarterly Review, Four Way Review, The Boiler, Memorious, wildness, Nimrod International Journal, and as part of the anthologies Best New Poets 2020, Halal If You Hear Me and 20.35 Africa, among other publications. Elkamel was named a 2020 Gregory Djanikian Scholar by The Adroit Journal, and a finalist in Narrative Magazine‘s 30 Below Contest. Read her Issue 19 poem, “The Way Cacti Quiver,” here.

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