LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School (LHS) English Department wrapped up the school year with visits from two memorable alumni: writers Amy Meng and Lucy Tan. Teachers Jamie Mirsky, Susan Rothbard, and Freddie Glucksman, hosted the writers, who each read to students and fielded their questions.
Meng’s first book of poetry, “Bridled,” was published in February by Pleiades Press. A 2007 graduate, Meng was a student in Rothbard’s creative writing class and took Advanced Placement (AP) English with Glucksman as a junior, and with Mirsky as a senior.
She met with creative writing and AP classes, and also held a brown-bag lunch session for interested teachers and students.
“[Meng] read from her collection and answered questions with great candor and insight,” said Mirsky. “One of my students, a sophomore, commented that seeing Amy, an LHS graduate and successful poet, enabled her to see someone she would like to be ten years from now.”
Meng is a graduate of Rutgers University and has an Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from New York University (NYU). She is also the winner of the Lena-Miles Weaver Todd Prize for Poetry and a finalist for the Brittingham & Pollak Prizes, and the Kundiman Poetry Prize.
Tan’s first novel, “What We Were Promised” is being published by Little, Brown in July. Tan graduated from LHS in 2006, earned an undergraduate degree from NYU, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).
This fall, she will join the UW faculty as the 2018-2019 James C. McCreight Fellow in Fiction. A recipient of support from Kundiman, NY State Summer Writers Institute, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Tan has published in journals such as Asia Literary Review, Sixfold, and Ploughshares, where she was fiction winner of the 2015 Emerging Writer's Contest.
Her unpublished book has been named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer, and one of Huffington Post's 60 Most Anticipated Reads of 2018. Rothbard has selected it as her LHS Summer Reading Lollapalooza title for this year.