Adjunct Writing Faculty

 
Alex Abramovich is the author of Cinderella Story: Notes on Contemporary Culture (2002) and Bullies: A Friendship (2016). He's currently at work on a history of rock and roll.
 
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Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of the novel Panic in a Suitcase, published by Riverhead Books in 2014. It was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book for 2014 and a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree.  She graduated from the Columbia MFA Writing Program in 2009.
 
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Mia Alvar is the author of In the Country (Knopf), a collection of short stories recently named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book.
 
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Alba Arikha is the author of four books, in fiction and non fiction. Her memoir, Major/Minor, about her adolescence in Paris, was published by Quartet Books in 2011. It was shortlisted for the Spear’s awards and selected among the best books of 2012 by the New Yorker. Her last book, a narrative poem, Soon, was set to music and performed as an opera at the Riverside Studios, London.
 
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Tash Aw is the award-winning author of three novels, including, most recently, Five Star Billionaire. He has won the Whitbread and Commonwealth Prizes for Best First Novel and twice been longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. His work has also been translated into 23 languages.
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Chris Bannon is Chief Content Officer of Midroll Media, home to the Earwolf podcast network. Other career highlights include more than a dozen years at WNYC Radio, where he was Vice President of Content Development and Production, Program Director and the Executive Producer of the station’s daily news-talk programs.
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Corinna Barsan
 
Corinna Barsan is a senior editor at Grove/Atlantic. She started in publishing at Farrar, Straus and Giroux before joining the independent publishing house Other Press.
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Cris Beam is an author of both fiction and nonfiction: her latest book is To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, which was released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in August 2013.
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Joshua Bennett
 
Joshua Bennett hails from Yonkers, NY. He is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton University, and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, and the Ford Foundation.
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Keri Bertino has served as the director of the Writing Center and co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Baruch College, CUNY since 2008. She has taught creative and academic writing at Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Baruch College, Baltimore City Public Schools, New York City Public Schools, and elsewhere.
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Mark Bibbins received a Lambda Literary Award for his first collection of poems, Sky Lounge; his second, The Dance of No Hard Feelings, was published in 2009 by Copper Canyon Press. He co-founded LIT, the journal of the New School graduate writing program.
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Peg Boyers was born in Venezuela of Cuban and Irish parents but spent many important years living in Italy. Her two books of poems, Hard Bread and Honey With Tobacco, grew out of that mixed heritage. Among the authors whose work she has translated are Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Natalia Ginzburg. She is currently executive editor of Salmagundi magazine and teaches at Skidmore College and the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
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James Cañón was born and raised in Colombia. He received an MFA from Columbia University. His debut novel, Tales from the Town of Widows & Chronicles from the Land of Men, has been translated into eleven languages and published in over twenty countries, and was made into a film.
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Joshua Cohen is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Believer, Triple Canopy and Guernica.
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CA Conrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. The author of nine books of poetry and essays, including The Book of Frank, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics, and ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness.
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Meehan Crist is writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Previously she was editor-at-large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, Lapham's Quarterly, New Republic, Nautilus, The Believer, Bookforum, Scientific American, and Science. Awards include the 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship and fellowships from MacDowell, The Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and Yaddo.
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Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. A Kundiman fellow, he has held residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony and the Vermont Studio Center and was selected for the 2015 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award by Billy Collins. Poems have appeared in Boston Review, Sixth Finch, the PEN Poetry Series,Poem-a-Day, Prelude, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have been published in Slate, The New Republic, The Millions, and Publishers Weekly. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia.
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Anne DeWitt
 
Ann DeWitt is a fiction writer, essayist and critic. Her writing has appeared in GrantaNOONTin HouseThe American ReaderGuernicaThe Believer Logger, Esquire.comBOMBElectric Literatureart+culture, elimae, Dossier Magazine, Two Serious Ladies, Publishing Genius and The Faster Times, amongst others.
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Mónica de la Torre is the author of five books of poetry, among them, Four and Public Domain. A native of Mexico City, she writes in Spanish and English and has translated numerous Latin American poets.
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Mark Doten
 
Mark Doten is the author of the novel The Infernal, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press. His writing has appeared in ConjunctionsGuernica, The Believer, and New York Magazine.
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David Ebershoff
 
David Ebershoff's novels include The 19th Wife and The Danish Girl, which was adapted into a feature film starring Academy Award winner, Eddie Redmayne. His fiction has won awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Foundation and has been translated into more than twenty languages. He worked as an editor at Random House for almost twenty years.
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Barbara Epler
 
Barbara Epler joined New Directions as an editorial assistant after graduating from college in 1984. She became Editor in Chief in 1995; named Publisher in 2008, and in 2011 became President.
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Joseph Fasano is the author of Fugue for Other Hands, winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, Passages North, FIELD, Measure, and other publications.
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Farnoosh Fathi is the author of the poetry collection Great Guns (Canarium, 2013), editor of The Complete Poems of Joan Murray (NYR Poets, 2017) and founder of the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance (YALDA).
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Alan Felsenthal co-founded The Song Cave, a small press. With Ben Estes, he edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. His writing has appeared in BOMBThe Brooklyn RailCritical QuarterlyFence, and Harper’s. His first collection of poems is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2017.
 
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Monica Ferrell is the author of the novel, The Answer Is Always Yes (The Dial Press/Random House), a Borders Original Voices selection and one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2008. Her collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase (Sarabande Books) was a 2009 finalist for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Prize.
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B.K. Fischer
 
B.K. Fischer is the author of two poetry collections, Mutiny Gallery, which won the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, and St. Rage’s Vault, which received the 2012 Washington Prize from The Word Works, as well as a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge 2006).
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Angela Flournoy
 
Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which is a finalist for the National Book Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The novel was a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors' Choice. She is a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree.
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Emily Fragos
 
Emily Fragos is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in Best American PoetryThe New YorkerPoetryThe Paris Review, American Poetry ReviewThe Yale ReviewParnassusBoston Review, Threepenny ReviewCimarron ReviewChelsea, and many other journals. Her collection of poems, Little Savage, was published by Grove/Atlantic, and she is the editor of three poetry anthologies for Everyman's Pocket Library/Knopf: The Great Cat, The Dance, and Music’s Spell. She has also written articles on dance for Bomb, Pointe, and Playbill magazines.
 
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Edwin Frank
 
Edwin Frank is a poet and critic and the founding and present editor of the New York Review Books Classics series. He is currently working on a history of the twentieth-century novel.
 
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Ru Freeman’s creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She is the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015).
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Joshua Furst is the author of the novel, The Sabotage Café, and the story collection, Short People. His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Salon, Nerve, Conjunctions, and Esquire, among other publications.
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Rivka Galchen is the author of the acclaimed novel Atmospheric Disturbances. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared widely in publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, Harper’s, and The New York Times. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Fiction Award and the William J. Saroyan International Fiction Prize. She was recently named to The New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40.
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Alan Gilbert is the author of the poetry books The Treatment of Monuments (SplitLevel Texts) and Late in the Antenna Fields (Futurepoem), as well as a collection of essays, articles and reviews, Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight (Wesleyan University Press).
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