Graduate Writing Program Staff

William Wadsworth
Director of Academic Administration
William Wadsworth has served as Director of Academic Administration of the Graduate Writing Program since 2008, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty since 2006. His work has appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Tin House, and the Boston Review, among other magazines, as well as in several anthologies, including The Best American Erotic Poems, edited by David Lehman, and the Library of America Anthology of American Religious Poems, edited by Harold Bloom. His collection of poems, The Physicist on a Cold Night Explains, was published by Vaso Rota Press in 2010. From 1989 to 2001 he served as executive director of the Academy of American Poets, where he oversaw the launch of the seminal website and the inauguration of April as National Poetry Month, among other national arts initiatives.

Clarence Coo
Program Administrator

Clarence Coo has served as Program Administrator of the Graduate Writing Program since 2010. He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Columbia University School of the Arts and is the recipient of the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.  

John McShane
Program Assistant
John McShane has served as Program Assistant of the Graduate Writing Program since 2014. Before coming to the School of the Arts, he worked in film and video production at, Vice Media, and Major League Baseball Productions, among other companies.
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