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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 Clifford Thompson didn’t start listening to jazz until his late 20s, but it’s now the lens through which he views writing and most other art forms.

Case in point: A long admirer of Hemingway, Clifford says jazz gave him another way to appreciate the writer. “Hemingway wrote in a way that he would put everything in a story except the story,” he says. “It’s all suggestive, all subtext. Jazz musicians would do this as well—they would put a different spin on a melody.” For example, the great jazz artist, Lester Young, would perform his own version of a pop song, but instead of hitting all the notes in a chord, he would, as Clifford says, “glide above them.”
 
Clifford’s book...
MORE | ARCHIVE Read On Gotham teacher Lev AC Rosen has just seen the release of his latest novel, Depth. After rising ocean levels have left New York City twenty-one stories underwater, private investigator Simone Pierce finds her latest case to be more dangerous than she bargained for. National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon says Lev AC Rosen’s “riff on the detective story is elegant, surprising, and, yes, deep.”

Take a dive into the first chapter.

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She had the shot. It was lined up. She just needed to wait for the fog to clear. And it was going to clear in a moment. She could read the swirls of it, how it breathed and parted. New York City fog was lazy, like cigarette smoke.

A small vibration in her right ear. She clenched her jaw and waited. The fog didn’t clear. Her ear vibrated again. She sighed and whispered, “Phone ID.” A holoprojection beamed out from her earpiece, displaying a small screen in the corne...
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Kody Keplinger: Medium published Kody Keplinger's essay "Best Friends and Frenemies — In Real Life and Fiction." 
Katherine Dykstra: Brain, Child magazine published Katherine Dykstra's essay "Good Enough." 
Diana Spechler: River Teeth published Diana Spechler's essay "Highway 13" on its blog as part of its Beautiful Things series. 
Michael Leviton: Michael Leviton is the subject of "Full Disclosure," a segment of the radio program and podcast This American Life, about growing up in a family that practiced radical honesty. 
Melissa Petro: Ravishly published Melissa Petro's essay "What Drunk White People Get Away With, People Of Color Are Killed Over." 
Lev AC Rosen: Publishers Weekly reviewed Lev AC Rosen's new children's book Woundabout, calling it a "fairy-tale like novel that weaves a gentle spell." 

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