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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 

Associate Professor, LTAC Director, 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 seventeen books, including six novels and nine volumes of poetry. Widely translated, he's received numerous awards, from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and other institutions. Christopher's new novel, Deep Red, will appear in 2019. full profile 

Associate Professor, Poetry Concentration head, 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

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. Eisenberg has published four collections of stories and has one forthcoming in 2018. 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

Joshua Furst is the author of The Sabotage Café and Short People. His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Salon, Esquire, and others. He is a Contributing Editor on the Jewish Daily Forward. His honors include a Nelson Algren Award, the Grub Street Fiction Prize, and others. 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 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Lis Harris was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. She is the author of innumerable articles, reviews and commentaries and three books. She has received awards from the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Woodrow Wilson Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship, the Rockefeller Fund and others. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Nonfiction Concentration Head, 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. Among other places, her work has appeared in Harper's, Boston Review, The Believer, and The New York Times. 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, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Writing

Lasky is the author of five 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, Fiction Concentration head, 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 

Chair, 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 next novel is Hark. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Richard Locke is a critic and essayist. More than 180 of his pieces have appeared in The New York Times, American Scholar, Three Penny 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 four books and has one forthcoming in 2018. His writing has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, McSweeney's, and others. Among his honors are a Whiting Writers Award, Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and others. full profile 

Assistant 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 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Ben Metcalf is the author of the novel Against The Country, which was published by Random House in 2015. He was, for many years, the literary editor of Harper’s Magazine. His writing has appeared in The Baffler, Harper’s, and elsewhere, and has twice been included in The Best American Essays. 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 a poetry collection and a critical study. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Boston Review, Poetry, and others. She is the co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization dedicated to Latina/o poets and poetry. full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction and co-editor of two anthologies. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Bomb, The Paris Review and others. She is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and a Founding-editor, now Editor-at-Large of Tin House. 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 

Professor of Professional Practice, Director of Pedagogy, 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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Rachel Aviv has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2013. She often writes about medicine, criminal justice, and education. She was a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award for Public Interest for a story about elderly people being stripped of their legal rights. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Kate Bolick's first book, the best-selling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Bolick's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Vogue, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Matthew Burgess is an author of poetry and children's books. His book, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, was named one the “Best Children’s Books of 2015” by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Huff Post. Burgess recently wrote and co-produced a short film titled, Dear Henri. 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

Jon Cotner is the author of two books. He has contributed to The American Reader, The Believer, Boston Review, Harper's and A Public Space. His interactive walks have been presented by Creative Time, Elastic City, Harvard University, the Poetry Society of America and Poets House. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Cynthia Cruz is the author of five collection of poems including Dregs published in the fall of 2018 from Four Way Books. Her first collection of essays, Quietude: Essays on Silence and Power, will be published in 2018 by BookThug. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Michael Dickman is the author of three books of poems, The End of the West (2009), Flies (2011), and Green Migraine (2015), and co-author, with his twin brother, of a book of plays, 50 American Plays (2012) and a book of poems, Brother (2016). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Farnoosh Fathi is an author, poet, and editor, and the founder of the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance. She is the recipient of fellowships like the Fulbright Program, Yaddo, MacDowell, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Alan Felsenthal is the author of Lowly (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017). He runs a small press called The Song Cave with Ben Estes. His writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, jubilat, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Ru Freeman 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 and the editor of Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

 Jen George is the author of The Babysitter at Rest, out with Dorothy, a publishing project. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Granta, Harper's, The Los Angeles Review of Books, n+1, and The Paris Review Daily, among other places. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Alan Gilbert is the author of two 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 Associate Professor, Writing

Aracelis Girmay is the author of three books of poems, and the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also an illustrator and collaborator. She has received support from the NEA and the Whiting Foundation, among other programs. 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

Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, some of which have been named Washington Post Book of the Year, New York Times bestsellers, and Amazon Best Book of the Month. Her work has been translated and widely anthologized. She directs the creative writing program at Rutgers University-Camden. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Susan Hartman has written cover stories and profiles for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and Newsday. City of Refugees, her forthcoming book, follows three refugee families adapting to an old industrial town. full profile 

Professor Emeritus, Special Lecturer, Writing

Richard Howard is the author of 15 books of poetry. His most recent collection, A Progressive Education, was published in 2014; Without Saying, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry. In 1970 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his third collection, Untitled Subjects. 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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Times of London. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. 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

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a writer at large at the New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor at Harper's, and a contributing writer at WIRED magazine; he has also written for the n+1, Frieze, Lucky Peach, and elsewhere. He is the author of the books, A Sense of Direction and No Exit. 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

Michael F Moore is a translator and interpreter from the Italian. Recently the first Translator-in-Residence at Princeton University, he has published over 20 translations in a variety of genres, classic and contemporary. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Joseph O'Neill is the author of four novels, most recently The Dog (2014) and Netherland (2008), for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and elsewhere. His honors include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. 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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Jennifer Percy is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, a MacDowell Colony residency, and a Truman Capote Fellowship. She is the author of the nonfiction book Demon Camp. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Alice Quinn is executive director of the Poetry Society of America. She is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop (FSG, 2006), and she is currently working on an edition of Elizabeth Bishop’s journals and notebooks. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is a memoirist, fiction writer and playwright. His books include the collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, and the acclaimed memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, selected as a best book of the year by The New York Times. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Christine Schutt is the author of three novels and three short story collections, her most recent, Pure Hollywood; Prosperous Friends; Florida (National Book Award Finalist); and All Souls (Pulitzer Prize finalist). Among other honors, Schutt has twice won the O.Henry Short Story Prize. 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 ( University of Arkansas Press) and Salamander: A Bestiary (Chax Press). Schwartz's most recent collection of poetry is entitled Heavy Sublimation (2018), from full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jesse Sheidlower is a lexicographer who specializes in slang and obscenity. He was Editor at Large of the Oxford English Dictionary, where he was chiefly responsible for North American English, and a Senior Editor in the Random House Reference Department, focusing on slang and new words. 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

Ross Simonini is a writer, artist, and musician. His debut novel, The Book of Formation was published by Melville House books in 2017. He is the interviews editor for The Believer magazine and the executive producer for The Organist, a podcast by McSweeneys and KCRW.  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Sandra Smith has translated novels by Irène Némirovsky as well as work by Camus’ L’Etranger. Smith has won many awards for her translation work, including the French-American Foundation Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize and The Pen Book-of-the-Month Club Translation prize in 2007. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 

Adjunct 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 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Brenda Wineapple is the author of many award-winning books. Her awards and prizes include an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim, and three full National Endowment Fellowships. Her work appears in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, 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 earlier this year. His work has won the National Magazine Award and has been anthologized in the Best American Essays series. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Matvei Yankelevich is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the recipient of a National Translation Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, and also teaches at Bard College. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Monica Youn is the author of three books of poetry, most recently BLACKACRE (2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award. Her poems have been widely published. full profile 

Staff

Manager 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

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. full profile