Full-time Faculty     |     Adjunct Faculty     |     Staff

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 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 

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

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 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 

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 

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: Spring 2021

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Gila Ashtor, PhD, LP is a theorist, writer, and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of three books and specializes in issues pertaining to trauma, affect, identity and sexuality. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Hannah Lillith Assadi received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. Her first novel Sonora (Soho 2017) received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/ Robert W. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Corinna Barsan is an independent book editor with over fifteen years of publishing experience. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Originally from New Delhi, India, Diksha Basu is the author of The Windfall and Destination Wedding, both of which are currently in development for the screen. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Keri Bertino is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Topic, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. For nearly 20 years, she's taught creative and academic writing, directed writing programs, and coached educators. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Matthew Burgess is a poet and children’s book author. His most recent books include The Bear and The Moon and Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring. He edited the collection 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 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

CAConrad has several books that have been translated into 9 different languages. They have received fellowships from Pew, Lannan, Banff and RADAR, and their book ECODEVIANCE (Wave, 2014) won the 2015 Believer Magazine Book Award. Publishers Weekly says, "Conrad consistently surprises." full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger and The Umbrian Sonnets. He is a former Wallace Stegner fellow and a graduate of Columbia's MFA program. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Katrina Dodson’s translation of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector was awarded the 2016 PEN Translation Prize. Her translation of Mário de Andrade’s Macunaíma: The Hero With No Character, is forthcoming. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Thom Donovan is the author of numerous books, including Withdrawn (Compline, 2017), The Hole (Displaced Press, 2012) and Withdrawn: a Discourse (Shifter, 2016). He co-edits and publishes ON Contemporary Practice.  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 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 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 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

Jason Gots is the creator and host of the podcasts "Think Again" and "Clever Creature", and author of a memoir to be published in 2022 by HarperCollins/Hanover Square Press.  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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Gabe Hudson is the author of 2 books and was named a Best Young American Novelist by Granta. His honors include PEN/Hemingway Finalist, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing and Wandering In Strange Lands. Her debut novel, Caul Baby, is forthcoming in April 2021. She's based in Harlem. 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

Born in Andhra Pradesh, India, Madhu H. Kaza is a writer, translator, artist, and educator based in New York City. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a journalist who has written for many publications including The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, and has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a MacArthur and The Berlin Prize. 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 Associate 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

Lynn Melnick is the author of three poetry collections, including Refusenik, forthcoming in 2022. I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book that is part memoir, part Dolly Parton is forthcoming in 2022. 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 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

Camille Rankine is the author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press, and the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, winner of Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. 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 Associate Professor, Writing

Elissa Schappell is the author of Use Me, a finalist for the PEN Hemingway. She is a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review, a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, and a Founding-Editor of Tin House. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Bela Shayevich is an artist, translator, and writer. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Ira Silverberg—editor, agent, publicist—has worked with writers since the mid-80’s. His devotion to writers from marginalized communities, and work that breaks boundaries, has been the defining trait of his career.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Ross Simonini is a writer, artist, musician and dialogist. His first novel, The Book of Formation was published in 2018 by Melville House Books. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lynn Steger Strong is the author of Hold Still and, most recently, of the novel Want. 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 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

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

Bill Wadsworth’s poems and essays have appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Tin House, and  the Boston Review, as well as several anthologies and a collection published in 2010. 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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Kate Zambreno is the author of seven books, most recently the novel Drifts. To Write as if Already Dead, a study on Hervé Guibert, is forthcoming in May 2021. She is working on the essay collection, The Missing Person. 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