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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 Songwriting teacher Tony Conniff has been playing the bass guitar since he was a teenager—when his band’s bass player got busted for smoking pot and his parents forced him to leave. Tony was “deputized” to take over. “It found me,” Tony says, soon finding a natural aptitude for bass guitar.

Tony is s self-taught musician, with a workshop here and a lesson there, which he acknowledges comes with both advantages and disadvantages. “I grew up in New York and made all of my mistakes in public—on the biggest stage in the world,” he says. “On the flip side, you learn in the pressure cooker that is New York, which is good. You can really test yourself.” And even without formal training, Tony has worked in multi...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher B.C. Edwards has recently seen the release of his book of poetry From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes. He adapted poems from a book of the same name, circa 1901. The original Cyclopedia contained a variety of common household tasks from dying wool, to tempering iron, to making bird food, to curing cancer and small pox. B.C. kept the original title of each recipe, which often served as a springboard for the poem itself.

Here are a couple of bites:

No. 818.
How to Temper Knife Blades.

There is a piece of iron between us,
straight and hard at first
but we have worked it.
Warped the iron
until it is curved now
to exactly us, fits the shape that lies in
us two embracing. A line that runs from where our faces meet,
the way we lay our necks on each other, the cut of our
embraced torsos,
tempered hot iron hips,
twine of leg...
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Ryan Britt: Plume Books will release an essay collection by Ryan Britt in fall 2015. 
Carole Bugge: Carole Bugge is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Gilchrist Prize in Short Fiction, awarded by China Grove Literary Magazine. She is also Featured Poet for Issue #3.
Katherine Dykstra: Katherine Dykstra's essay "Follow The Wind" appears in Shenandoah magazine's Noir Issue
Jane Ratcliffe: Literary Orphans published Jane Ratcliffe's short story "Keep the Faith." 
Jane Ratcliffe: The Manifest-Station published Jane Ratliffe's essay "What You Will Learn From This: Living With Brain and Head Injury." 
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