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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 

Assistant Professor, Writing

Originally from New Delhi, India, Diksha Basu is the internationally best-selling author of The Windfall (a People Magazine pick, NYTimes Editor's Pick, Time Magazine Pick, Target Diverse Book Club pick, and more) and Destination Wedding (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wo full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

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

LTAC Director, Associate Professor, Writing

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

Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

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

Professor, Writing

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Eine Lebenszeit, The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and others. His poems have appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. full profile 

Professor, Writing

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

Assistant Professor, Writing

Rivka Galchen's work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of three books and has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The William J Saroyan International Prize and more.  full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

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

Associate Professor, Writing

Leslie Jamison is the bestselling author of two essay collections —The Empathy Exams and Make It Scream, Make It Burn—as well as a critical memoir, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, and a novel, The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine.   full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice , Writing

Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek; her essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Vogue, Harper’s and others. Margo's recent memoir, Negroland, received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

Heidi Julavits is the author of four novels, most recently, of the New York Times Notable book, The Folded Clock: A Diary. With Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, she edited the bestselling Women in Clothes. She’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

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

Associate Professor, Writing

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

Associate Professor, Writing

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book series. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review and many others. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Key to Southeast Queens. full profile 

Associate Professor, Writing

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

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

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

Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

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

Professor, Writing

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

Associate Professor, Writing

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

Professor, Writing

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

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Writing

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

Associate Professor, Writing

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

Associate Professor, Writing

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

Assistant Professor, Writing

Born in Shanghai, China, Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013) and And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight (Wave Books, 2022), and the co-translator of Pee Poems by Lao Yang (Circumference Books, 2022). 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 2022

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 Associate 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

Cris Beam is an author of both fiction and nonfiction: her latest book is I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy, which was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Bonnie Chau is the author of the short story collection All Roads Lead to Blood (2018). She previously worked in independent bookstores and at 826LA and Poets & Writers, and is currently an editor at 4Columns, Public Books, and the Evergreen Review. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

CAConrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. They received a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Believer Magazine Book Award. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lilly Dancyger is the author of Negative Space (2021), and the editor of Burn It Down (2019). Lilly's writing has been published by Guernica, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, BOMB, Longreads, The Washington Post, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. She lives in New York City. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Carina del Valle Schorske is a contributing writer at New York Times Magazine and a translator of Puerto Rican poetry. Her debut essay collection, The Other Island, was honored with a Whiting Nonfiction Grant and is forthcoming from Riverhead in 2022. 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 is a writer and a translator from Portuguese. She translated The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector (2015), and Mário de Andrade’s 1928 Brazilian modernist classic, Macunaíma (New Directions, 2023). 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

Joshua Edwards directs Canarium Books. He's the author of several books, most recently The Double Lamp of Solitude (Rising Tide Projects, 2022). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

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

Yardenne Greenspan is a writer and Hebrew translator. Her writing and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Haaretz, Guernica, Literary Hub, Blunderbuss, Apogee, The Massachusetts Review, Asymptote, and Words Without Borders, among elsewhere.  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

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Briallen Hopper is the author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions (Bloomsbury, 2019), a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. Her essays have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Magazine/The Cut, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. 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

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 Assistant Professor, Writing

Daniel Magariel's first novel One of the Boys (Scribner 2017) was named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. His second novel Walk the Darkness Down is forthcoming from Bloomsbury (2023). 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, most recently, Refusenik. Her memoir, I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in fall 2022. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lincoln Michel’s novel The Body Scout (Orbit) was named one of the 10 best SFF books of 2021 by The New York Times. His short stories appear in The Paris Review, Granta, NOON, Lightspeed, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Profesor, Writing

Alicia Mountain is the author of High Ground Coward, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her next collection, Four in Hand, will be published by BOA in 2023. 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

Joseph Osmundson is a scientist, activist, and writer. His training is in molecular biophysics and microbiology, and his writing includes everything from science, health, and disease to queer theory, memoir, and fiction. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Nadia Owusu is a Ghanaian and Armenian-American writer and urbanist. She was the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her debut memoir, Aftershocks, was selected as a best book of 2021 by Time, Vogue, Esquire, The Guardian, NPR, the BBC, and others. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the story collections American Estrangement and Brief Encounters With the Enemy. He won a Whiting Writers’ Award for his memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free. 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

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

Adjunct Associate 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

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

Hasanthika Sirisena's most recent book Dark Tourist: Essays was released in December 2021. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut.” full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Lynn Steger Strong is the author of the novels Hold Still, Want, and the forthcoming Flight. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Republic, Harper's Bazaar, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Torres' books include Quanundrum [i will be your many angled thing] (Roof Books), Xoeteox (Wave Books), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press). He is the editor of The Body In Language: An Anthology (Counterpath Press). full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

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

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing

Asiya Wadud's latest book is No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body. In addition to teaching at Columbia, she teaches poetry to children at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York. 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

Mark Wunderlich is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is God of Nothingness (Graywolf Press 2021). A 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

Matvei Yankelevich is a poet, translator, and editor whose books include Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square) and Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook). full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing

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

Staff

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