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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 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 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 

Visiting 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 2020

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Mark Bibbins is the author of three poetry collections. He received a Lambda Literary Award for his first. He co-founded LIT, the journal of the New School graduate writing program. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, The Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Writing

Kate Bolick is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and author of the best-selling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Peg Boyers is the author of three volumes of poems published by the University of Chicago Press: Hard Bread (2002), Honey with Tobacco (2007) and To Forget Venice (2015). She teaches poetry workshops at Skidmore and at The New York State Summer Writers Institute. 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

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 Professor, Writing

Nicholas Delbanco is the author of thirty books. He co-founded the Bennington Writing Workshops and recently retired from the University of Michigan, where he served as Director of the Hopwood Awards Program. His own awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Katrina Dodson is a writer and translator from Portuguese. Her translation of The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector (New Directions, 2015), won the PEN Translation Prize, among other awards. 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

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Joshua Edwards is the author of several collections of poetry, including Imperial Nostalgias and Architecture for Travelers, and a photobook. He also translated María Baranda's Ficticia. He directs Canarium Books. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Philip Eil is the former news editor of the alt-weekly newspaper, the Providence Phoenix. 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

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

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. 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, host, and producer of Think Again – a Big Think Podcast, an iTunes best podcast of 2015 and one of Salon’s “Intimate Podcasts You Should Subscribe to Now”. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Eli Gottlieb is the author of four novels that have been translated into 13 languages. A former senior editor of Elle magazine, his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Bookforum, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the London Times, among other places. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Jaime Green is the series editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing, an editor for Future Tense at Slate, and the romance columnist for The New York Times Book Review. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Yardenne is a writer and translator who has worked with authors Amir Gutfreund, Alex Epstein, Shimon Adaf, and Etgar Keret, and others. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Haaretz, Guernica, Asymptote, and elsewhere. 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 Professor, Writing

Edith Grossman is a translator known for her rendering of Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Among the many other authors whose works she has translated are Mario Vargas Llosa, Mayra Montero, Ariel Dorfman, Carlos Fuentes, and Antonio Muñoz. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Xiaolu Guo is a British/Chinese novelist, essayist and filmmaker. Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist), Village of Stone, and I Am China (a 2014 NPR’s Best Book). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Judith Hall is the author of five poetry collections, including To Put The Mouth To (William Morrow), selected for the National Poetry Series by Richard Howard; Three Trios, her translations of the imaginary poet J II (Northwestern); and Prospects (LSUP), forthcoming in September 2020. 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, 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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Morgan Jerkins is the author of the New York Times bestseller, This Will Be My Undoing, and Senior Editor at ZORA. Her next book, Wandering in Strange Lands, is forthcoming in May 2020. 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. She is the editor of Kitchen Table Translation. full profile 

adjunct assistant professor, Writing

Dan Kois is an editor and writer at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of the journalistic memoir How to Be a Family (Little, Brown, 2019) and Facing Future (Continuum, 2011), part of the 33 1/3 series of music criticism. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Amy Grace Loyd is the literary editor of Esquire magazine and the author of the novel The Affairs of Others (Picador), a BEA Buzz Book and Indie Next selection. She was an executive editor at the e-singles publisher Byliner, Inc. 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

Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (2015).  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Daphne Merkin is a renowned writer and cultural critic. A native New Yorker, Merkin attended The Ramaz School, Barnard College, and Columbia University. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist. He’s won Fulbright, Logan, and Pulitzer Center grants fo full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Jean Murley received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2004. She is Associate Professor of English at Queensborough Community College in New York and teaches classes in writing and literature. Dr. 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 has been an editor at Knopf, poetry editor at The New Yorker and an editor of fiction, profiles, and critics’ pieces, and executive director of the Poetry Society of America. She is at work on an edition of Elizabeth Bishop’s journals. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Elissa Schappell is the author of two novels, Use Me and Blueprints for Building Better Girls. She is a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and a Founding-Editor of Tin House. 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, Open City, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Ira Silverberg has worked in publishing for more than thirty years. He's been a literary agent, the editor-in-chief of Grove Press, the co-founder and publisher of High Risk Books/Serpent's Tail, and is currently a Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House. He is the recipient of the 2015 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, and others. 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 Associate Professor, Writing

Benjamin Taylor is the author of numerous books, including the family memoir The Hue and Cry at Our House, named a New York Times Editors' Choice in 2017. His second memoir, Here We Are, is due from Penguin Books in May 2020. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Geeta Tewari is a writer, poet, and human rights lawyer. Her work has appeared in Granta Magazine, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, NY Tyrant, and Narrative Magazine, and is forthcoming from N.Y.U. Journal of Law and Business and others. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Monique Truong is a Vietnamese American novelist, essayist, librettist, former refugee, avid eater, and intellectual property attorney (more or less in this order). full profile 

Adjunct Associate 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 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 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

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Kate Zambreno is the author of six books, most recently Screen Tests, a collection of shorts and essays, from Harper Perennial. A novel, Drifts, is forthcoming in May 2020 from Riverhead.  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