Cambridge Common Writers exists to provide a gathering place for alumni, faculty, and friends of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We seek to cultivate new and diverse literary voices.



Publication News & Announcements- 1/14/21

Virginia Ryan (Fiction, January 2018) has an essay, “Unforgettable,” in the 2021 issue of The Broad River Review. Cynthia Platt (WFYP, June 2014) has a new picture book, Easter Starring […]

Publication News & Announcements- 12/31/21

Mary Ann Honaker (Poetry, June 2016) has two new poems out: “Battle Run” in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily and “Control” in the January 2022 issue of Hare’s Paw Literary Journal. […]

Publication News & Announcements- 12/10/21

Enzo Silon Surin (Poetry, June 2012) is featured in an article in the Lesley University News, about winning the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry for his debut collection, When My […]

Publication News & Announcements- 11/26/21

Enzo Silon Surin (Poetry, June 2012) has received the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry for his debut collection, When My Body Was A Clinched Fist. Lisa Pegram (Poetry, June […]

Cambridge Common Writers End-of-Year Celebration and Gift Guide 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, we at Cambridge Common Writers have carved out a space to celebrate our community’s many accomplishments throughout this year by compiling a list of […]

Publication News & Announcements- 11/05/21

Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January 2017) has two poems, “some other world” and “there is neither world nor wine enough” in the October 2021 issue of The Inflectionist Review. Sebastian Murdoch […]

Publication News & Announcements- 10/22/21

S.E. Clark (Fiction, January 2015) has a story, “Feast” appearing in Issue 3 of Weird Horror magazine from Undertow Publications. Tracey Baptise (WFYP, MFA faculty) has received a starred review […]


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub

CCW is dedicated to supporting our writers of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability/disability, and geographic region, and providing our community the resources with which to celebrate, embrace, and learn about all cultures.

Roxane Gay partnering with Substack to create the Joel Gay Creative Fellowships for emerging writers

New Librarian-Moderated Author Series to Celebrate AAPI Voices [Alum Featured!]

The Samuel R. Delany Fellowship seeks speculative fiction from marginalized authors (October 31st Deadline)

Reading Beyond Neurodivergent Stereotypes

A Reading List for Disability Pride Month
[Alum Featured!]

All articles from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub are archived on our DEI Hub page.

May 17, 2022

Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books

April 5, 2022

J Street Productions

March 1, 2022

HarperOne

February 22, 2022

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

February 22, 2022

Feiwel & Friends

February 1, 2022

Dial Books

January 4, 2022

Clarion Books

December 23, 2021

Black Rose Writing

November 2, 2021

Flatiron Books