Full-time Writing Faculty

Associate Professor, Writing

Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Paul Beatty is the author of four novels, Slumberland, Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle, and the 2016 Man Booker Prize-winning The Sellout. He has also authored two books of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. full profile 

Associate Professor, LTAC Director, Writing

Susan Bernofsky’s literary translations include six works of fiction by the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, as well as novels and poetry by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Gregor von Rezzori, Uljana Wolf and others. full profile 

Professor, Poetry Director, Writing

Lucie Brock-Broido received her BA and her MA from Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from Columbia University. Her most recent book Stay, Illusion, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry, and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Nicholas Christopher received his BA from Harvard College. He is the author of seventeen books. full profile 

Chair, Associate Professor, Writing

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), for which he received the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. full profile 

Professor, Writing

Deborah Eisenberg is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous honors including the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. full profile 

Professor, Writing

Richard Ford’s novel Independence Day (1995) was the first book to receive both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The book was the second in his critically acclaimed Bascombe Trilogy, which began with The Sportswriter in 1986. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

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. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

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 th full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Lis Harris received a B.A. from Bennington College and was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Nonfiction Concentration Director, Writing

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice , Writing

Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek; her reviews and essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Grand Street, Vogue, Harper’s and many other publications. full profile 

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Writing

Heidi Julavits is the editor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of Women in Clothes (Blue Rider 2014). Her most recent novel is The Vanishers. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Fiction Director, Writing

Binnie Kirshenbaum received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from Brooklyn College. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (2015) and story collection Intimations (2016), both from Harper. Her fiction and essays have been published in the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, T full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Lasky is the author of five books of poetry, the forthcoming Milk (Wave Books), as well as ROME (W.W. full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Victor LaValle is the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, a book of stories, and three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Sam Lipsyte's most recent book is The Fun Parts. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Richard Locke is a critic and essayist, the author of more than 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, The Threepenny Review, BookForum, Salmagundi, The Yale Review, The Atlantic,& full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. full profile 

Professor, Writing

Ben Marcus’ most recent book is Leaving the Sea, a collection of short stories. He is also the author of The Flame Alphabet, Notable American Women, and The Age of Wire and String. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Shane McCrae is the author of In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), The Animal Too Big to Kill, (Persea Books, 2015), Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014), Blood (Noemi Press, 2013), and Mule(Cleveland State University full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Ben Metcalf Associate Professor is the author of the novel Against The Country, which was published by Random House in January 2015. He was born in Illinois and raised in that state and later in rural Virginia. He was, for many years, the literary editor of Harper’s Magazine. full profile 

Professor, Writing

Orhan Pamuk is one of Turkey's most prominent novelists. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry collection, This Side of Skin (Wings Press 2002), and the critical study, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke 2009). full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, which was chosen as a “Best Book of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek/Daily Beast and O Magazine, and Use full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972, and came to the United States seven years later. He released his debut memoir, Little Failure in 2014, to much critical acclaim. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Director of Pedagogy, Writing

Alan Ziegler’s most recent books are Short: An International Anthology of 500 Years of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms(editor); Love at First Sight: An Alan Ziegler Reader; and The Writing Workshop Note Book. full profile 

Adjunct Faculty: Spring 2017

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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& full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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. full profile 

Adjunct, Writing

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Chris Bannon is Chief Content Officer of Midroll Media, home to the Earwolf podcast network. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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, andECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jay Deshpande is the author of the poetry collection Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Mark Doten is the author of the novel The Infernal, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press. His writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, the Believer, and New York Magazine. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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). She is a recipient of fellowships from the Poet full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

BK 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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight (Wesleyan University Press). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt (HarperCollins), a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge (Simon & Schuster), a work of literary reportage about the arrests and trials of seven teenage girls for the murder of Reena Virk, was f full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Eli Gottlieb is the author of four novels that have been translated into 13 languages. His first novel, The Boy Who Went Away (1998), won the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Mckitterick Prize of the British Society of Authors. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Eliza Griswold received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing work on water and poverty in America. Her first nonfiction book, The Tenth Parallel, was awarded the Anthony J. Lukas prize and was a New York Times bestseller. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lauren Grodstein is the author of four books, including the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything and A Friend of the Family, which was a Washington Post Book of the Year, a New York Times bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Edith Grossman is best known for her rendering of Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera (Knopf, 1988) and for her universally acclaimed translation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote (Ecco Press, 2003). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Mike Harvkey is the author of the novel In the Course of Human Events (2014), winner of Zoetrope's All-Story Magazine short fiction contest, and contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, NYLON, Four & Sons, Trunk, and Backstage. full profile 

Professor Emeritus, Special Lecturer, Writing

Richard Howard was born in 1929 in Cleveland, received a B.A. from Columbia in 1951 and did graduate work at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of​ the literary magazine​ A Public Space and a contributing editor at Graywolf Press. Previously, she edited The Paris Review. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Paul La Farge is the author of three novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Tan Lin is the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, BlipSoak01, Ambience is a Novel with a Logo, Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource), 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004, and The Joy of Cooking (2010). full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Erroll McDonald, a trustee of PEN America and a board member of The Center for Fiction, is a Vice President, Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Kamilah Aisha Moon’s work has been featured widely, including Harvard Review, Oxford American, and Prairie Schooner. Her poetry collection, She Has a Name (Four Way Books, 2013), was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Award from the Publis full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Alice Quinn is executive director of the Poetry Society of America, where she oversees an award-winning Chapbook Fellowship Contest and more than forty programs annually nationwide. She received a BA from Manhattanville College as well as an Honorary Doctorate in 2007. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lee Siegel is the author of six books: Falling Upwards: Essays in the Defense of the Imagination; Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television; Against the Machine: How the Web is Reshaping Culture and Commerce, and Why it Matters; Are You Serious: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly; Gr full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lynn Steger Strong’s first novel, Hold Still, was published by Liveright/WW Norton in 2016. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Elle, The Rumpus, Blunderbuss, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Catapult, Lithub, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia and lives in Brooklyn with her family.  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Benjamin Taylor's family memoir, The Hue and Cry at Our House, was released by Penguin in May 2017 and named a New York Times Editors' Choice; his Proust: The Search was named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times Book Review; an full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lara Vapnyar came to the US from Russia in 1994. She is the author of the acclaimed novel, Memoirs of a Muse, and two collections of short stories, There Are Jews in My House and Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Alyson Waters is a translator of modern and contemporary literary fiction, criticism, and theory, as well as art history. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Brenda Wineapple’s White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and a New York Times “Notable Book”; it was also named best nonfiction of 2008 in such publications as The Washington Post, The Christia full profile