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At Gotham, we believe that teaching is every bit as much of an art as writing, and we know through vast experience that the ability to teach creative writing is a unique and valuable skill. That's why all of our teachers are professional writers and professional teachers. They know what it means to work at the craft of writing - they've been in the trenches - and they are expert at conveying the larger concepts and nuances to students of writing. And, most importantly, they don't just talk about writing, they get you writing.

Faculty Focus By Britt Gambino

Gotham teacher Roohi Choudhry is a prismatic person. She is neither a left nor right-brain person, but equal parts analytical and creative. She was born in Pakistan, raised in multiple countries in Africa, and now resides in Brooklyn (which she calls Brooklynistan).  And she is not confined to any one literary genre, writing both fiction and nonfiction. In fact, she’s not confined to any one thing, period.

Originally, Roohi moved to the US for graduate school where she studied market research. “I knew I wanted to be a writer,” Roohi says, “but I didn’t think I could do it as a career of any kind. I was good at statistics and logistics and I just ended up in that field.” She took an internship in market research as part of her degree, but later realized she want...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham Teacher Kody Keplinger has recently seen the release of her middle grade children’s book The Swift Boys and Me. It tells the story of 11-year-old Nola and how her world is turned upside down when her best friend, a boy, drifts away from her. After success in the Young Adult world, Kody seems to be doing equally well in the middle grade range, with Kirkus Reviews calling her new book, an “honest and heartfelt coming-of-age tale.”
 
Here’s a glimpse from the first chapter:
 
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I never told the boys I saw their daddy leave that night.
 
I was outside getting the mail for Mama. I was supposed to check the mailbox when I got off the bus in the afternoon, but it was the last day of sixth grade, and I was so excited to be free for the summer that I’d completely forgot about the mail. It was always just bills, anyway. There was never anything for me except on my birt...
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Recent News
Katherine Dykstra: Crab Orchard Review named Katherine Dykstra's essay "Like Held Breath" a finalist in its John Guyon Literary Prize and will publish it in Vol. 19, Issue 1 of the journal. 
Jody Gray: Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins  has recorded Jody Gray's song "Stars in My Eyes" for the motion picture Drawing Home, (M.Y.R.A. Entertainment). 
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong wrote "The Earthy Side of Kourtney Kardashian" as the cover story for Natural Health magazine. 
Michael Harvkey: Mike Harvkey is on book tour with his friend and fellow author Josh Weil, and they are writing about it for Salon in a series of articles, "Two Guys, Two Books." Stories published so far include "Capitalism's collapsing, let's drink with Cheever and Carver!," and "Bookstores live! Secrets of the stores saving the book world." 
Ryan Britt: "When Gravity picked up numerous honors at last year's Academy Awards, not one single person who accepted those awards thanked real-life astronauts," writes Ryan Britt at Motherboard, in "How NASA Is Democratizing Its Quest To Wrangle An Asteroid." 
Melissa Petro: Ravishly published Melissa Petro's essay "Sex Work Isn't Consensual Or Exploitive - It Can Be Both." 

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