Writing 2009

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. full profile 

Writing 2007

Mia Alvar is the author of In the Country (Knopf), a collection that won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and the University of Rochester's Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She has received support from the Corporation of Yaddo,and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 1995

Jonathan Ames is the author of eight books: I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, Wake Up, Sir!, I Love You More Than You Know, The Alcoholi'c (a graphic novel) and The Double Life is Twice As Good. full profile 

Writing 1992

Christopher Bakken is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Eternity & Oranges (forthcoming, Pitt Poetry Series, 2016) and a book of travel writing called Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at The Greek Table. full profile 

Writing 2014

Before attending Columbia to pursue her MFA, Basu studied economics and French at Cornell University. She also has experience as an actress, a subject she wrote about in a 2013 essay in the New York Times, “Failure in Bollywood”. full profile 

Writing 2005

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. full profile 

Writing 2009

Keri Bertino is a fiction writer and the former director of the Writing Center at Baruch College, CUNY. She's taught at Columbia, The Cooper Union, Baruch College, Baltimore City Public Schools, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Fametracker, and she is at work on a novel. full profile 

Writing 2011

Justin Boening is the author of Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last, which won the National Poetry Series, and Self-Portrait as Missing Person. His work has appeared in Iowa Review, Poetry International, Tin House and others. He is a recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. full profile 

Writing 2004

James Cañón's debut novel has been translated into eleven languages, published in over twenty countries, and was made into a film. James has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix du Premier Meilleur Roman Étranger, and the Prix des Lecteurs de Vincennes.  full profile 

Writing 1981

Robert Carnevale’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Sidereal Times and other magazines and anthologies. full profile 

Writing 2009

Rachel Carter is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. She attended the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing. full profile 

Writing 2009

Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. She currently writes the popular Food Section column, A Good Appetite, at the New York Times. Her work has received many awards. She has written 39 cookbooks, many in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. full profile 

Writing 2016

Trevor Corson is the author of two books. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing and he was managing editor of the literary magazine Transition when it won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 2008

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. full profile 

Writing 1996

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She was a columnist at LA Times and now writes the Egos column in The New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Vogue, and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 2001

M. M. De Voe is a Manhattan-based writer whose short fiction has won many literary prizes. Her musical, R/Evolution, premiered Off Broadway in 2014. She founded the literary nonprofit, Pen Parentis, in 2013 providing resources to writers who are also parents. full profile 

Writing 2008

Diana Marie Delgado is the author of “Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust” (Center for Book Arts, 2015). She is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow in Poetry. She holds a BA in Poetry from UC Riverside and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. full profile 

Writing 1999

Kiran Desai’s first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published in 1998 and received the Betty Trask award the same year. Her second book, The Inheritance of Loss, was released in 2006, and was awarded the Man Booker Prize, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. full profile 

Writing 2012

Jay Deshpande is the author of a poetry collection and a chapbook. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. His journalism and essays have been published in Slate, The New Republic, and The Guardian, among others. full profile 

Writing 2010

Annie DeWitt it a novelist, short story writer and essayist. full profile 

Writing 1998

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Eine Lebenszeit, The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and others. His poems have appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 2010

Mark Doten is the author of the novels The Infernal and the forthcoming Trump Sky Alpha (both Graywolf Press), and in 2017 was named to Granta's once-a-decade list of "Best of Young American Novelists." He is Executive Editor at Soho Press. full profile 

Writing 1994

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, TV and radio personality who lives in New York City. He is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics (2005) and its sequel SuperFreakonomics (2009). full profile 

Writing 1982

Kathy Fagan is the author of four books of poems, most recently Lip (Carnegie Mellon). Her fifth collection, Sycamore, appears with Milkweed Editions in February 2017. full profile 

Writing 2008

Joseph Fasano is the author of three books of poetry. His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, American Poets Magazine, and elsewhere. A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he has been widely anthologized. full profile 

Writing 2002

Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of poetry and fiction, most recently You Darling Thing. full profile 

Writing 1997

BK Fischer is the author of Radioapocrypha, three other books of poetry, and a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, FIELD, WSQ, and others. full profile 

Writing 1996

Emily Fragos's first book of poems, Little Savage, was published by Grove Press in 2004. Her newest collection, Hostage: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), was considered for the National Book Critics Circle Award. full profile 

Writing 2006

Rivka Galchen's work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of three books and has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The William J Saroyan International Prize and more.  full profile 

Writing 2014

Vyasar Ganesan is a writer from Austin, TX. He’s been published in various places, including the National Gallery of Writing, Agave Magazine and Long Story Short. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. full profile 

Writing 2010

Erica Garza is a writer from Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in BUST, Salon, Narratively, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, The Los Angeles Review and Refinery29. full profile 

Writing 1992

Philip Gourevitch has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1995 and a staff writer since 1997. From 2005 to 2010, he was editor of The Paris Review, succeeding the late George Plimpton. full profile 

Writing 2015

Sam Graham-Felsen is the author of the novel Green (Random House, 1/18). His nonfiction writing has appeared in The Nation, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the Guardian, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. He was the chief blogger on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. full profile 

Writing 2013

Elizabeth Greenwood is the author of the nonfiction book Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud (Simon & Schuster). full profile 

Writing 2001

Aaron Hamburger's first book, a story collection titled The View from Stalin’s Head, was published by Random House and was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel Faith for Beginners (Random House) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. full profile 

Writing 2004

Mike Harvkey is the author of the novel, In the Course of Human Events, and winner of Zoetrope's All-Story Magazine short fiction award. His work has appeared in Esquire, Salon, The Believer, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Mike was recently awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship. full profile 

Writing 1998

Mary Jo Bang is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize; Louise in Love (2001); The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001); Elegy (2007), which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the full profile 

Writing 1981

Ms. Jones has completed a biography of her mother, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Woman: Josephine Ebaugh Jones, which will be published in 2016 by the small press she has founded, Ida Bell Publishing, LLC.. full profile 

Writing 2001

Nalini Jones is the author of What You Call Winter, a story collection. She is a recipient of an NEA fellowship, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story and Ninth Letter, among others, and in anthologies including AIDS Sutra and Freud’s Blind Spot. full profile 

Writing 2004

Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Writing 1996

Heidi Julavits is the author of four novels, most recently, of the New York Times Notable book, The Folded Clock: A Diary. With Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, she edited the bestselling Women in Clothes. She’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. full profile 

Writing 2016

Jordan Kisner writes for n+1, the New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and other publications. She was awarded the 2016 Pushcart Prize and been included in Best American Essays 2016. Her first book is forthcoming from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. full profile 

Writing 2012

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (2015) and collection Intimations (2016). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Paris Review, Zoetrope, Conjunctions, Vogue and n+1, among others. She is the 2016 winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. full profile 

Writing 2001

Amy Koppelman is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, A Mouthful of Air, I Smile Back and Hesitation Wounds.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. full profile 

Writing 1998

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book series. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review and many others. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Key to Southeast Queens. full profile 

Writing 2012

Hilary Leichter's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, n+1, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, BOMB Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from The Edward F. full profile 

Writing 1969

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Writing 1980

A native New Yorker, Carl Little has lived on Mount Desert Island since 1989. He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Middlebury and Columbia. full profile 

Writing 2008

Marni Ludwig is the author of Pinwheel, selected by Jean Valentine for the 2012 New Issues Poetry Prize and Little Box of Cotton and Lightning, chosen by Susan Howe for a 2011 Poetry Society of America Chapbook fellowship. full profile 

Writing 2014

Meghan Maguire Dahn grew up in the middle of the woods. Her first poem was published in Highlights Magazine and read primarily in waiting rooms by children nervous about getting shots or stitches. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Cincinnati full profile 

Writing 2015

Mary Mann has written for The New York Times, The Believer, Smithsonian, Matter, Guernica, Salon and other outlets. Her work has been recommended by Longreads and The Dish, and she’s the recipient of a 2015 Catwalk residency. full profile 

Writing 1970

Pamela McCorduck has published some fifty articles, eleven books, fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into all the major European and Asian languages. full profile 

Writing 1976

Robert McDowell is the author, co-author, editor and translator of 15 books and 4 e-books of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction from publishers such as Free Press/Simon & Schuster, New Directions, the University of Pittsburgh Press, Penguin Eastern European Classics, University of Michigan full profile 

Writing 2006

Carey McHugh‘s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast and Tin House, among others. Her chapbook Original Instructions for the Perfect Preservation of Birds &c. was selected by Ray Armantrout for the Poetry Society of America’s 2008 New York Chapbook Fellowship. full profile 

Writing 2004

Rangi McNeil was born in small town North Carolina & educated at Rice University & Columbia University School of the Arts. The Sheep Meadow Press published his first poetry collection, The Missing, in 2003. full profile 

Writing 1997

Lynn Melnick is the author of two poetry collections and the co-editor of one. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere; she has written essays and reviews for Boston Review, LA Review of Books, Poetry Daily, and others. full profile 

Writing 2005

Dinaw Mengestu’s debut novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Penguin Riverhead, 2007) has been translated into 12 languages. full profile 

Writing 2009

Writing poetry has been a daily practice for Rita Mercedes since 2004. She passed her exams to candidacy for a PhD at Johns Hopkins in 1994; and holds an 2009 MFA in Poetry from the Writing Program, School of the Arts at Columbia. full profile 

Writing 2015

Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers, winner of the Juniper Prize, and the chapbook, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, Poem-A-Day, PN Review, The Rumpus, and Boston Review, and others. full profile 

Writing 1983

Susan Minot’s debut, Monkeys, won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger. In 1994 Minot collaborated on the screenplay for the feature Stealing Beauty with Bernardo Bertolucci, and wrote the screenplay for Evening, based on her 2007 novel of same name, with Michael Cunningham. full profile 

Writing 2003

I live in South Africa and continue to write, to teach, and to grow as a human. full profile 

Writing 2014

Sara's first novel, Girl at War (Random House), came out in paperback March 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vice, The Guardian, The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Guernica, Electric Literature, The Agriculture Reader and others. full profile 

Writing 1975

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Threepenny Review. full profile 

Writing 1972

Gregory Orr is the author of ten collections of poetry, the most recent being River Inside the River (Norton, 2013). He is also the author of a memoir, The Blessing, which was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the fifty best nonfiction books of 2002. full profile 

Writing 1991

Julie Otsuka is the author of two novels, The Buddha in the Attic, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, France’s Prix Femina Étranger, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and When the Emperor Was Divine, which won the Asian American Literary Award and the American Library Association Alex A full profile 

Writing 1990

Anna Rabinowitz is a poet, librettist, and editor based in New York City. full profile 

Writing 2009

Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. full profile 

Writing 1980

Debra Ratner attended Kenyon College in Ohio, where she was awarded the Philip B. Timberlake Award for consistent excellence in writing literary essays. full profile 

Writing 2007

Beth Raymer is the author of Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). The film adaptation of Lay the Favorite, starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, premiered at the 2012 Sundance festival and will have its theatrical release this fall. full profile 

Writing 2016

Max Ritvo was awarded a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for his chapbook, AEONS. His poetry has also appeared or is forthcoming in The Yale Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and as a Poem-a-Day for Poets.org. full profile 

Writing 2006

Karen Russell’s imaginative, energetic and lyrical fiction has earned her much recognition in the literary world and beyond. Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, St. full profile 

Writing 2003

Animesh Sabnis, MFA '03, MD, is a neonatologist and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA. He is developing tools to improve communication between clinicians and the parents of seriously ill newborns. full profile 

Writing 1985

My thesis manuscript went on to win The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Since then, I have published three books of poetry, one internationally in Europe. full profile 

Writing 1977

Christine Schutt is the author of three novels and two collections of stories. A third collection is forthcoming in April 2018. Schutt is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her awards include O.Henry and Pushcart prizes. full profile 

Writing 1993

Adam Reid Sexton's features, reviews, essays, and fiction have been published in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, the Bellevue Literary Review, Post Road, and other publications. full profile 

Writing 2003

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, The Offing, Conjunctions, Catapult and n+1, among other publications. full profile 

Writing 1985

Alumni Spotlight   full profile 

Writing 1997

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award, and The Body's Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. full profile 

Writing 2014

Lynn Steger Strong's first novel, Hold Still, came out in 2016. Her work has appeared in Lithub, Catapult, Guernica, Elle, and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 2002

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (2009), Wells Tower’s first book of short stories, was a finalist for The Story Prize and was selected by Michiko Kakutani as one of her ten best books of 2009. full profile 

Writing 1975

Guatemalan-born David Unger has written five novels and translated 14 books from the Spanish. In 2014 he was awarded Guatemala's Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement though he writes exclusively in English. full profile 

Writing 1987

Maria Venegas is the author of Bulletproof Vest published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Guardian, Ploughshares, New York Magazine, and the L.A. Times. Venegas received her MFA from Hunter College. She lives in Brooklyn. full profile 

Writing 2010

Karolina Waclawiak's critically acclaimed first novel, How To Get Into The Twin Palms, was published by Two Dollar Radio in 2012. Her second novel, THE INVADERS, which was published in July 2015, was recently optioned by ABC Television. full profile 

Writing 1993

B.A. (Philosophy and English), University of Pittsburgh, 1988; M.F.A. (Creative Writing), Columbia University, 1993; J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1996.  Co-founder of MemoryHub, Seven Oaks Hospice Care, Wall&Main, and RedKite.com. full profile 

Writing 2009

Adam Wilson is the author of the book Flatscreen and the collection What's Important is Feeling. A National Jewish Book Award finalist, and a recipient of the Terry Southern Prize, his fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, VICE, and The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 1971

Adjunct Professor of English at Bucks County Community College, PA. Manager of Historic Properties - Bucks County, PA, Parks & Recreation. Residence - Doylestown, PA. full profile