April 05, 2023

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – April 5, 2023 – The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s University, New York (SJNY) will celebrate the release of “Four in Hand,” a collection of poems written by MFA faculty member Alicia Mountain, Ph.D., at a book launch on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Brooklyn Voices Series.

The event will take place in the Tuohy Hall auditorium and will feature an author reading and conversation with poet Brenda Shaughnessy and Ariel Yelen, associate editor for Futurepoem.

“Dr. Alicia Mountain is a beloved professor here, where she teaches poetry workshops, mixed-genre craft classes and innovative electives,” said Lee Clay Johnson, director of the Writer’s Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph’s. “Her debut collection was an award-winning success, and now her most recent release, promises to follow a similar trajectory. We are thrilled to celebrate such an accomplishment.”

Dr. Mountain, an assistant teaching professor in the Brooklyn Campus’ MFA program, won the Iowa Poetry Prize for her debut collection “High Ground Coward” in 2018, and was the 2020-21 Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. She was formerly a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver.

“Four in Hand” covers topics including, mental health, environmental degradation and late-stage capitalism.

The Writer's Foundry MFA in Creative Writing program at St. Joseph’s is an intimate program that specializes in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Students work together in workshops, craft classes, symposia and master lectures. The program takes two years to complete and boasts a flexible schedule with evening offerings tailored toward the working writer.

For more information about this free event, visit or call 718.940.5317.

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St. Joseph’s University, New York has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the University provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through its Brooklyn, Long Island and online campuses, the University offers degrees in more than 100 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.