In addition to their time in the classroom, Columbus College of Art & Design faculty members are active in their creative pursuits, making work that resonates in Columbus and many points beyond. Among them are Negesti Kaudo, whose new book Ripe will be celebrated at a book release event this Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Two Dollar Radio HQ in Columbus.

Kaudo, an adjunct faculty member, teaches in CCAD’s Writing, Literature & Philosophy program. Her book received a starred review from Kirkus, which called it “A deeply intimate meditation on millennial Black womanhood and a righteous indictment of how this country treats Black girls and women,” and was named a LitHub Most Anticipated Book of 2022. LitHub also featured Kaudo in its monthly LitHub Questionnaire for April 2022. Read what she said right here, and find an excerpt of the book online in Columbus Monthly.

Ripe was released by Ohio State University Press imprint Mad Creek. Read more about it here.

Adjunct Faculty Mar Romasco Moore, Writing, Literature & Philosophy
Young Entertainment Magazine, a publication about what’s new in teen fiction, celebrated Mar Romasco-Moore’s newly released book I am the Ghost in Your House, which it calls “a brilliant reflection on the importance of how much more there is to our world than what meets the eye.” Romasco Moore's book also was selected by Buzzfeed for its feature “44 New LGBTQA+ YA Novels You Need This Spring,” was called “one of the most anticipated books of April 2022” by Bustle, and also was highlighted in Bookriot.

Associate Professor Robert Loss, Department Head of Writing, Literature & Philosophy
Meanwhile, the Clintonville Spotlight recently examined how Robert Loss was inspired to write his 2017 book Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Popular Music after reviewing the book The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs. “I wanted to write the book in an approachable way for people who aren’t specialists. I think the danger of academic writing is that it can become too insular, and you write only for other academics. That’s fine, but there’s an important role for academia to play in the public discussion about current events, including pop music,” Loss told the publication, which noted that, “The central argument of the book, that all popular music is derivative of music that came before, is a conversation that’s constantly relevant.”

In addition to writing about music and pop culture, Loss also plays music—most recently in the band Blind Engineer. Loss, reported the Spotlight, is “working on another book on music focusing on Prince and the Black American working class.”