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- 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 […]

Publication News & Announcements- 10/8/21

Enzo Surin Silon (Poetry 2012) has two poems in the Summer 2021 issue of Spoon River Poetry Review: “How to Craft an American Scapegoat” and “Interrogating Past & Future Constellations.” […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month – Angela Cruz

Cambridge Common Writers is thrilled to return to our Spotlight series for National Hispanic Heritage Month! Join us as we speak with some of our Hispanic alums about their writing […]

Poets In Conversation: Steven Cramer with Robbie Gamble

At Cambridge Common Writers, we love to celebrate the achievements of our wonderful community. Poetry MFA Writing Faculty Steven Cramer’s latest poetry collection, Listen, was named a “Must Read” by […]

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.

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!]

It’s Time to Pronounce Asian Names Correctly
[Alum Author!]

56 LGBTQ-Owned Bookstores You Can Be Proud to Support

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

A poignant and beautiful memoir told in essays and graphic shorts about what life looks like twenty years after recovery from addiction—and how to live with the past as a parent, writer, and sober person—from a regular opener for David Sedaris, Cindy House.

May 17, 2022

Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books

Learning how to write (and organize and outline and plot and edit and save the cat and market a breakout book) is one thing. Making and living a sustainable creative life in the face of…everything…is an entirely different matter.

April 5, 2022

J Street Productions

“Using compelling research and engaging anecdotes, Rolland offers a powerful and pragmatic guide to one of the most under-appreciated skills for building and strengthening our relationships with our children and supporting their learning, independence, and confidence in almost every aspect of their lives.” –Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW, author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

March 1, 2022


“A Song Called Home is the kind of middle grade novel I adore: warm and deeply honest with characters so real you could touch them. Lou’s struggles with family, friends, and big life changes are relatable, heartbreaking, and vividly drawn—trademarks of Sara Zarr’s exquisite writing. This story will stick with me for years to come.” 

-Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of The Only Black Girls in Town

February 22, 2022

Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

“A beautiful, mesmerizing retelling I wish I’d had when I was growing up. … A heartfelt tale that I will be recommending for years to come.” —Elizabeth Lim,  New York Times-bestselling author of Six Crimson Cranes

February 22, 2022

Feiwel & Friends

Funny, searching, and gorgeously written, Burning and Dodging entertains as it reveals how the stories we construct about others support the stories we tell about ourselves.

December 23, 2021

Black Rose Writing

“Saraciea J. Fennell is making history in the Latinx community by creating spaces to share Latinx literature and to spread literacy, both in her own community in the Bronx and beyond.  Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed showcases the richness of the community, exploring everything from Afrolatinidad to her own Garifuna (indigenous Honduran) heritage.” — Angie Cruz, Good Morning America

November 2, 2021

Flatiron Books

A sweet, spare debut offers a barn’s-eye view of life on a farm, illustrated with grace and gentleness by picture-book veteran Barry Root.

October 26, 2021

Candlewick Press

In African Icons: Ten People Who Shaped History, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers. She pierces together the stories of ten people in a continent that fueled the world. This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa. —Ibram X. Kendi

October 19, 2021

Algonquin Young Readers