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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 poetry collections. Widely translated, he's received numerous awards, from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and others. His novel, Maps of the Underworld, will appear in 2020. full profile 

Associate 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

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, 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 

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 

Assistant Professor, 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, 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, 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 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 

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 2019

adjunct assistant professor, Writing

Brit Bennett is the author of The Mothers. She is a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" honoree, and her essays are featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.  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

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 and The Boston Globe. Burgess recently edited the anthology, Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry. 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

Emma Cline is the author of The Girls and the recipient of the 2014 Plimpton Prize, from The Paris Review. The Girls was a finalist for a National Book Critic's Circle Award, the First Novel Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Joshua Cohen has published nine books, including Moving Kings, Book of Numbers, Witz, A Heaven of Others, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, Four New Messages, The Quorum, and Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. In 2017, he was one of Granta’s Best Young Novelists. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Cynthia Cruz is the author of five poetry collections including Dregs published in the fall of 2018. Her debut essay collection, Quietude: Essays on Silence and Power, also came out in 2018. Cruz is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Mark Doten is the author of Trump Sky Alpha and The Infernal. His writing appears in Granta, N+1, the Believer, and more; he was named among Granta's Best Young American Novelists. As a librettist, his work has staged at Next Wave Festival, the Los Angeles Opera, and the San Francisco Opera. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Joseph Fasano is the author of four 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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of poetry and fiction. You Darling Thing (Four Way, 2018) was a finalist for the Believer Book Award in Poetry and a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection. 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 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

 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

Rebecca Godfrey is the author of The Torn Skirt and Under The Bridge, and the editor of the artist book Girls in Trees. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Canada Council. Her new novel, The Dilettante, is forthcoming from Knopf. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Peter Godwin is an award-winning foreign correspondent, author, documentary-maker and screenwriter. He has written for a wide array of magazines and newspapers including Vanity Fair, National Geographic, New York Times magazine and Men’s Journal. He is the author of six nonfiction books. 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 Associate Professor, Writing

Xiaolu Guo is a novelist, essayist and filmmaker. Her memoir Nine Continents won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography 2017 and shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award and Costa Award. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve, 2011) and the collection The Fat Artist and Other Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2016). 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. Her book,City of Refugees—forthcoming from Beacon Press—is the story of three remarkable refugees and the old industrial town they adopted. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Joanna Hershon is the author of five novels: St. Ivo, Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride and A Dual Inheritance. Her writing has appeared in Granta, New York Times, One Story, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She was shortlisted for the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories. full profile 

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

Morgan Jerkins is the author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Guardian, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Nicole Krauss is the author of Man Walks Into a Room, Forest Dark, Great House, and The History of Love. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels and a book of imaginary dreams. He been the recipient of fellowships from Guggenheim Fellowship, the NY Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. 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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Alana Massey is the author of All The Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen To Be Famous Strangers, Not In the Job Description, and several hundred essays and articles. She lives in the Catskills. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Ayana Mathis is the author of the award-winning novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, New York Times TMagazine, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Brick, Glamour, and Guernica.  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

Lincoln Michel is the author of the story collection Upright Beasts and the co-editor of the science fiction anthology Gigantic Worlds and the noir anthology Tiny Crimes. His fiction appears in The Paris Review, Granta, Tin House, NOON, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. 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

Sarah Perry is the author of the memoir After the Eclipse, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Poets & Writers Notable Nonfiction Debut, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. 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

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

Bela Shayevich is an artist, translator, and writer. 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, visual artist, dialogist 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. His work appears in The New York Times, frieze, and ArtReview, where he is a staff writer. full profile 

adjunct assistant professor, Writing

Emily Skillings is the author of the collection Fort Not. Recent poems can be found in Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, The Rumpus, and jubilat. Skillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, poetry collective, small press, and event series. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lynn Steger Strong's second novel, WANT, will be published by Henry Holt in 2020. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The Cut, Guernica, Elle, LARB, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. 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 associate professor, Writing

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Call Me Zebra and Fra Keeler. She is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at the University of Notre Dame where she lectures on Comparative Literature with an emphasis on multiple Languages. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lara Vapnyar is the author of two 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

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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, IL native and author of Thief in the Interior, winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award. He received a 2017 Whiting Award and 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Adam Wilson is the author of three books including the forthcoming 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 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 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

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

Kate Zambreno is the author of six books, most recently Appendix Project, a collection of talks and essays and Screen Tests, a collection of shorts and essays. A novel, Drifts, is forthcoming in 2020. Recent work has appeared in Paris Review, BOMB, and Virginia Quarterly Review. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, ACTING LTAC DIRECTOR, Writing

Katrine Øgaard Jensen is a writer and translator from the Danish. She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, most recently the 2018 National Translation Award in Poetry for her translation of Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s book-length poem Third-Millennium Heart. 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