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Full-time Faculty

Associate Professor, Writing

Recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. His books, The Women and White Girls, discuss various narratives around race, gender, and personal identity. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Among Paul Beatty's novels, Slumberland, Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle, The Sellout won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Man Booker Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2015 by the Times and the Wall Street Journal.  full profile 

LTAC Director, Associate Professor, Writing

Susan Bernofsky’s much-lauded translations include works by Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser as well as Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, and others. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Anelise Chen is the author of So Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press 2017), a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, BOMB, The New Republic, VICE, the Village Voice, and others. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Nicholas Christopher has published six novels and nine poetry collections. Widely translated, he's received many awards, from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and others. His newest novel is Maps of the Underworld. full profile 

Professor, Writing

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 

Professor, Writing

Richard Ford’s novel Independence Day (1995) was the first to receive both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has published numerous novels and fiction collections. He received the Rea Award in 1995 for his outstanding contribution to the Short Story form.  full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Lis Harris was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. She is the author of several books. Her latest book is In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family (2019). full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Leslie Jamison is the bestselling author of two essay collections —The Empathy Exams and Make It Scream, Make It Burn—as well as a critical memoir, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, and a novel, The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine.   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 essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Vogue, Harper’s and others. Margo's recent memoir, Negroland, received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

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 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of History on a Personal Note and six novels. Her novels have been chosen as Notable Books by The Chicago Tribune, Time, SF Chronicle and others; she twice won Critics Choice Awards and was selected by Granta as one of the Best Young American novelists. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Lasky is the author of six books of poetry and several chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Boston Review, and others. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry and is a Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

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 

Associate Professor, Writing

Sam Lipsyte is the author of five books. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Best American Short Stories. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the Believer Book Award. His newest novel is Hark. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Richard Locke is a critic and essayist. More than 200 of his pieces have appeared in The New York Times, American Scholar, Threepenny Review, BookForum, and others. He was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review, and editor in chief of Vanity Fair. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Phillip Lopate has written personal essay collections, novels, novellas, poetry collections, memoir, movie criticism, an urbanist meditation, a critical study, and a biographical monograph. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, and others. full profile 

Professor, Writing

Ben Marcus is the author of five books, including The Flame Alphabet and The Age of Wire and String. His writing has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Among his honors are a Whiting Writers Award, the Berlin Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Shane McCrae is the author of five books, three poetry chapbooks, and one nonfiction chapbook. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and others. Among other awards, has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Pushcart Prize. full profile 

Professor, Writing

Orhan Pamuk is one of the most prominent novelists today. His work has been translated into over 60 languages and he has received numerous awards, including Dublin Impac Award, the Prix Medicis, Peace Prize of German Book Trade, and others. In 2006, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Deborah Paredez is the author of two poetry volumes and a book of critical prose. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Boston Review, and others. She is the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Gary Shteyngart is the author five books, including the acclaimed memoir, Little Failure. His work has been translated into 26 languages and has appeared in numerous publications. He has received the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and more. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Wendy S. Walters is the author of four books. Her work appears in Bookforum, FENCE, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding director of Essay in Public | A Humanities Project, a member of the NonfictioNOW Conference board, and a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She’s the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a chapbook, June (Corollary Press, 2006). full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Alan Ziegler has written numerous books. He has received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEN Syndicated Fiction, National Endowment for the Arts, Columbia’s Presidential Teaching Award, and others. He chaired the Writing Program from 2001-2006; he is Director of Pedagogy. full profile 

Adjunct Faculty: Fall 2021

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Keri Bertino's fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Topic, BOMB, Columbia Journal, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She previously served as the director of the Writing Center at Baruch College, CUNY. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Mark Bibbins is the author of four poetry collections, most recently 13th Balloon (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), recipient of the Publishing Triangle's 2021 Thom Gunn Award. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Cynthia Cruz is the author of six poetry collections. Her seventh, Hotel Oblivion, is forthcoming in 2022. Disquieting: Essays on Silence, a collection of critical essays, was published in 2019. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Wes Enzinna's writing appears in the New York Times Magazine, London Review of Books, and Harper's, where he is a contributing editor. He is at work on a book about a California tent city for Penguin. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of poetry and fiction. You Darling Thing was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize and the Believer Book Award in Poetry and a New York Times Noteworthy. Her poems appear in Tin House, A Public Space, and The New Republic, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

BK Fischer is the author of Ceive and four previous books of poetry, as well as a critical study, Museum Mediations. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Ruth Franklin is a book critic and the author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. Her work appears in New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s, among others.  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Joshua Furst is the author of The Sabotage Café, Short People, and Revolutionaries. His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Salon, Esquire, and others. He is a Contributing Editor on the Jewish Daily Forward. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Alan Gilbert is the author of three books of poetry and a collection of essays and articles. His work has appeared in The Believer, Boston Review, Artforum, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Creative Capital Foundation Award. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jason Gots is the creator and host of the podcasts Think Again and Clever Creature and the author of Humanity is Trying, a memoir, coming from HarperCollins in early 2022.  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Michael Greenberg the author of a collection of essays and a memoir. For six years, Greenberg wrote the “Freelance” column in the Times Literary Supplement. He was the author and creator of “The Accidentalist” column in Bookforum. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

J.C. Hallman is the author of six books. He has published essays in GQ, Harper's, The Baffler, Tin House, The Believer, and others. He has received a McKnight Fellowship a Guggenheim. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Susan Hartman’s book, City of Refugees is forthcoming this spring. She has written cover stories and profiles for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Joanna Hershon is the author of 5 novels: St. Ivo, Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride and A Dual Inheritance. She has work in Yale Review, London Magazine, Granta, New York Times, One Story. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Brigid Hughes is the founder and editor of A Public Space, the literary and arts magazine, and A Public Space Books. Previously, she edited the Paris Review. full profile 

LTAC Coordinator, Writing; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Katrine Øgaard Jensen is a writer and translator from the Danish. She is a recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the 2018 National Translation Award in Poetry. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jordan Kisner is the author of the essay collection Thin Places. Her work has appeared in n+1, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, and others. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Joss Lake is a trans writer and educator based in New York whose work has been supported by Queens Council of the Arts, Women and Performance Studies Collective, the Watermill Center, and Columbia University. He runs a literary sauna series called Trans at Rest. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a staff writer at The New Yorker and former contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and WIRED. He is the author of the books, A Sense of Direction and No Exit. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Tan Lin is the author of several books. His work has appeared in Artforum, Cabinet, New York Times Book Review, Art in America, elsewhere. His video, theatrical and LCD work have been shown at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, Yale Art Museum, Sophienholm Museum (Copenhagen), and elsewhere.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Daniel Magariel is the author of One of the Boys, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, Amazon Best Book of 2017, and a finalist for Lucien Barrière prize. His second novel is forthcoming from Bloomsbury (2022). full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Erroll McDonald is a Vice President Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. Among the authors he has published are: James Baldwin, Sandra Cisneros, Carlos Fuentes, Margo Jefferson, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, President Nicolas Sarkozy, and others. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Michelle Orange is the author of This Is Running for Your Life: Essays (FSG, 2013), named best book of the year by The New Yorker. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, Bookforum, the New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and others. Her second book, Pure Flame, is forthcoming. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Alice Quinn was poetry editor and an editor of fiction and critics' pieces at The New Yorker from 1987-2007. Her anthology Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic was published by Knopf in November 2020. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Heather Radke’s work has appeared in numerous publications and she is working on a book about the history of women's butts for Avid Reader. She is also a contributing editor at WNYC’s RadioLab. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Sarah Rothenberg is a pianist, writer, and director. productions include Vienna 1900: In the Garden of Dreams, A Proust Sonata, The Blue Rider in Performance, The Musical World of Thomas Mann. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Julia Sanches is the author of more than a dozen translations from Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan into English. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Leonard Schwartz is the author of numerous books of poetry and essay, including The New Babel: Towards a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises and Salamander: A Bestiary. Schwartz's most recent collection of poetry is entitled Heavy Sublimation (2018), from Talisman House. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Leanne Shapton is a writer, artist and publisher. After internships at Harper's Magazine, the Booklyn Academy of Music and Saturday Night Live, and working for the illustrator James McMullan, she began her career at the National Post. She has published several books of art and literature. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Conjunctions, n+1, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lee Siegel is the author of six books and has published over 700 essays, articles and reviews, which have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Nation, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, New York, The New York Times, Harper's, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not. Her poems can be found in Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Granta, Hyperallergic, jubilat, and the Brooklyn Rail. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lynn Steger Strong is the author of the novels Hold Still, Want, and the forthcoming Flight. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Benjamin Taylor is the author of several books, including the memoir Here We Are, published with Penguin in 2020. Bright Medusas: A Life of Willa Cather is scheduled to appear from Viking Press in 2023. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jeremy Tiang is a novelist, playwright and translator from Chinese. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Kimi Traube is a writer and translator from the Spanish. Her work has appeared in Bomb, Electric Literature, The Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. Her translation of Juan Villoro's The Guilty garnered praise from The New York Times and The L.A. Times. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Tony Tulathimutte is the author of the novel Private Citizens, and runs the writing class CRIT in Brooklyn. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Lara Vapnyar is the author of four novels and two collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship, and Goldberg Prize for Jewish fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, and The New Republic. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Asiya Wadud is the author of Crosslight for Youngbird, day pulls down the sky/ a filament in gold leaf (written with Okwui Okpokwasili), Syncope and No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Adam Wilson is the author of three books including the novel, Sensation Machines. A National Jewish Book Award finalist, and a recipient of the Terry Southern Prize, his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, VICE, and The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Brenda Wineapple is the prize-winning author of several works of nonfiction and, most recently, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.  Her work regularly appears in The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

James Wood is a literary critic at The New Yorker. He is the author of four books of essays and a work about fictional technique. His second novel, Upstate, was published last year. His work has won the National Magazine Award and has been anthologized in the Best American Essays series. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Kate Zambreno is the author of eight books, most recently the novel Drifts and To Write as if Already Dead, a study on Hervé Guibert. She is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction. full profile 

Staff

Assistant Director of Academic Administration, Writing

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. full profile 

Program Assistant, Writing

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 About.com, Vice Media, and Major League Baseball Productions, among other companies. full profile 

Director of Academic Administration, Writing

Franklin Winslow is a fiction writer with over nine years of experience in higher education administration. full profile