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Fiction Writing Faculty
Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels The Biology of Luck (Elephant Rock Books) and The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up (Cargo Publishing), the short-story collection Scouting For The Reaper (Black Lawrence Press), and the essay collection Phoning Home (University of South Carolina Press). His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Literal LatteAgni, Colorado ReviewNebraska ReviewBoston ReviewBuffalo SpreeGreen Mountains ReviewGreensboro Review, and StoryQuarterly. He has won the Dundee International Book Award, the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writer's Award, the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, the Dana Award, and an Elizabeth George Fellowship, among many others. He has taught at Brown University, Columbia University, and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He holds a BA and MA from Brown University, an MA and an MPhil from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU.
Michael Backus is the author of the novel Double (Xynobooks Publishing), and he has published work in One Story, Portland Review, Sycamore Review, Exquisite Corpse, Verb, Storyhead, The High Hat, The Writer, and Hanging Loose. He has taught at Columbia College and Marymount Manhattan College. He holds a BA from Purdue University and an MFA from Columbia College. 
Ryan Bartelmay is the author of the novel Onward Toward What We're Going Toward (Ig Publishing, 2013). He has published work in Boulevard, Phoebe, Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, and The Believer, and he won Boulevard's Emerging Writer's Award. He served as the fiction co-editor and managing editor at Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art and has taught at Columbia University and Kendall College. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class (Plume and Headline Review UK). She has published short fiction in American Literary Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nebraska Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and anderbo. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and an MFA from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Novel Writing   Take Away  
Sarah Bruni is the author of the novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Carole Bugge is the author of the novels The Star of India, (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent VictimSilent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University. 
  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Mystery Writing  
Julie Chibbaro is the author of the novels Redemption (Simon & Schuster), Deadly (Athaneum), and the forthcoming Dangerous World (Viking). She has published fiction in Slingshot and the Prague Review, and nonfiction in the Montreal Gazette and the Prague Post.
Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Roohi Choudhry has published fiction and nonfiction in Callaloo, Bitch, Hyphen, Desilicious, Fiction Writers Review, and the anthology 21 Under 40.  She has taught at the University of Michigan and led workshops for the New York Writers’ Coalition. She holds a BSc from Lahore University of Management Sciences, an MS in Marketing Research from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.   Also Teaches:  Write-In  
Catherine Chung is the author of the novel Forgotten Country (Riverhead), and her fiction has been published inGranta, Guernica, Quarterly West, The Journal, and the anthologySisters. She has taught at Cornell and the University of Leipzig. She holds a BS from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell. 
Elizabeth Cohen is the author of the memoir The Family On Beartown Road (Random House), the short story collection The Hypothetical Girl (Split Oak Press), the poetry colleciton The Economist's Daughter (Ecstatic Utterance), and co-author of the nonfiction book The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam).  Her essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in Newsweek, People, the New York Times Magazine, Yale Review, Northwest Review, Glamour, Parenting, Rolling Stone and Family Circle. She has taught at Binghamton University, University of New Mexico, the New School for Social Research, and Western Connecticut State University. She holds a BA from University of New Mexico, an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Temple University, and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Memoir Writing  
James Conrad is the author of the novel Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago (St. Martin’s Press). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Tin House, The Advocate, Out, Metrosource Magazine, James White Review, Outweek Magazine, Allegheny Review, Fruit XXX, Inside Chicago, and Helicon. He has taught at the Woodstock Wool Company. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from Columbia University. 
Darcy Cosper is the editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine Swink. She is the author of the novel Wedding Season(Crown). Her writing has been anthologized in Full Frontal Fiction, Sex & Sensibility, and 2033: The Future of Misbehavior. Her book reviews have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Michael Davis is the author of the short story collection Gravity (Carnegie Mellon Press), and he has published fiction in Descant, San Joaquin Review, Jabberwock Review, Black Mountain Review, Eclipse, Cottonwood, Mid-American Review, Full Circle, Hayden's Ferry Review, Georgia Review, Storyglossia,and Chicago Quarterly Review. He served as fiction editor of CutBank.He has taught at CSU Fresno, Fresno City College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Montana, and the CSU Young Writers' Conference. He holds a BA from UC Irvine and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Montana.
BC Edwards is the author of the short story collection The Aversive Clause (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc) and the poetry collections From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc), and To Mend Small Children (Augury Books), and his work is included in the anthologies Diving Divas and Zombiality. He has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in The New York Times MagazineLa Petite Zine, Freerange Nonfiction, Sink Review, Pax Americana, and Brooklyn Rail. He also serves as an executive producer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York.  He holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Humor Writing   Poetry Writing   Take Away  
Sean Ennis is the author of the short story collection Chase Us (Houghton Mifflin), and he has published fiction and poetry in Tin House, Crazyhorse, Greensboro Review, Mississippi Review, and is included in The Best New American Voices 2006. He has taught at the University of Mississippi, where he also served as an editor for The Yalobusha Review. He holds a BA from La Salle University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi.
Alison Espach is the author of the novel The Adults (Scribner). She has published fiction and nonfiction in McSweeny’s, Del Sol Review, and Fiction Writer’s Review, and she has served as editor for Arch Literary Journal and The Alembic. She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a BA from Providence College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jon Gingerich published fiction in Pleiades, Stand Magazine, Helix Magazine, and Oyez Review and nonfiction in The Nervous Breakdown, the LitReactor Magazine, and Thought Catalog, among many others. He is the editor of O’Dwyer’s magazine, and has previously taught at LitReactor. He holds a BA from The Ohio State University and an MFA from The New School. 
Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novel Family and Other Accidents (Random House). She has published fiction in Indiana Review, Prism International, Beacon Street Review, and Wascana Review, and she has published articles in theNational Enquirer, Complete Woman, teenStyle, Ohioana, and Restaurants and Institutions. She has taught at Ohio State University. She holds a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction from Ohio State University. Also Teaches:  Novel Writing  
Danny Goodman has published fiction in Ducts and Brevity, and served as editor-in-chief of Ellipsis, and assistant editor on Gotham’s Fiction Gallery, an anthology of short stories. He has taught at the University of New Orleans and Suffolk Community College. He holds a BA from the University of Central Florida, an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Tamara Guirado has published fiction in StoryQuartlerly, Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. She has taught at Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She holds a BS from Southern Oregon State University and an MFA from Mills College, and she was a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow at Stanford University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Brendan Halpin is the author of the novels Dear Catastrophe WaitressLong Way Backand Donorboy (all by Villard); the memoirs Losing My Faculties and It Takes a Worried Man (both by Villard);  and the author or co-author of eight young adult novels, including Forever Changes  (by Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom (Walker Books) and A Really Awesome Mess (Egmont USA) . He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Teaching from Tufts University. 
Season Harper-Fox has published fiction, poetry, and book reviews in Cream City Review, Rocky Mountain Review of Modern Language and Literature, OnTheBus, and Primavera, and she has served as editorial assistant for Prairie Schooner. She has taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She holds a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Michael Harvkey is the author of the novel In the Course of Human Events (Soft Skull) and has published fiction in Zoetrope All-Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Mississippi Review. He has been a contributing writer to The Believer, NYLON, NYLON Guys, Trunk, Backstage, Publishers Weekly, and The L. He has taught in Columbia University’s Double Discovery courses and at Reisenbauch Charter School. He holds a BS from the University of Central Missouri and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
CJ Hauser is the author of the novel The From-Aways (William Morrow), and has published fiction in Tin HouseThe Kenyon Review, Esquire, The Brooklyn Review, The Laurel Review, and Third Coast. She has worked at several literary agencies, and has taught at CUNY Manhattan and Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.
Sean Madigan Hoen is the author of the memoir Songs Only You Know (SoHo Press), which was named a Barnes & Noble Discovery selection. His short fiction has appeared in BOMB magazine, The Roanoake Review, and the Red Cedar Review, among others. He has composed music for MTV, Outdoor Life, and Field & Stream TV, and his music recordings include The Liquor Witch (Greyday Productions) and as a member of The Holy Fire, In The Name of the World (Militia Group/Sony/BMG). He holds a BA from Madonna University and an MFA from Columbia University.
R. Dean Johnson has published fiction and essays in Ascent, F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, New Orleans Review, Santa Clara Review, and Southern Review, and in the anthology A Tribute to Orpheus (Kearney Street Books). He served as fiction editor at Hayden’s Ferry Review and editor of the anthology, Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education (University Press of America). He has taught at Arizona State University, Prescott College, Yavapai College, and Cameron University. He holds a BS from California State Polytechnic, an MA in English from Kansas State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University.
Jaime Karnes has published fiction and nonfiction in Granta, Storyglossia, Willard & Maple, HTMLGIANT, PopMatters and TransLit Magazine. She has taught at Rutgers and Essex County College. She holds a BA from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark University.
Meghan Kenny has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, Cimarron Review, Sonora Review, Bound Off, and The Florida Review. She has taught at Boise State University, The Cabin Literary Center, for the Writers in the Schools Program in Idaho, and at the Gilman School as a Tickner Writing Fellow. She holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA in Fiction from Boise State University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Justin Kramon is the author of the novel Finny (Random House), and has published fiction in Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Boulevard, and Fence. He has taught at the University of Iowa. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa.
Sarah Langan is the author of the novels Audrey's Door (HarperCollins), The Missing (Harper Paperbacks), and The Keeper (HarperTorch). She has published short stories and essays in F&SFand St. John’s Humanities Review, and the anthologies The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2011, Brave New Worlds, and Creature!. She holds a BA from Colby College and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia.
Edan Lepucki is the author of the novel California (Little, Brown, and Company) and she has published fiction in CutBank, Meridian, Narrative Magazine, the Los Angeles Review, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Avery. She has taught at the University of Iowa and Oberlin College. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Michael Leviton is the author of the children's picture book My First Ghost (Hyperion). He has published numerous illustrated paperbacks for Scholastic's READ 180 Literacy Program, and has worked as a celebrity picture book ghostwriter at HarperCollins, and as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He guest-lectures at the Parsons Pre-College Academy. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University. Also Teaches:  Children's Book Writing   Creative Writing 101   Take Away   Unbound: Creative Writing  
Chip Livingston is the author of the story collection The Naming Ceremony (Lethe Press, 2014) and the poetry collections Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (New York Quarterly Books) and Museum of False Starts (Gival Press). His fiction and non-fiction are also widely published, in journals including Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Potomac Review, Court Green, Subtropics, and Crazyhorse. He has taught writing at the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Colorado and Brooklyn College. He holds a BS and a BA in English from the University of Florida, an MA in Fiction Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Poetry Writing from Brooklyn College. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
T Kira Madden has published in or has work forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, Puerto del Sol, Hyphen, Fourteen Hills, and elimae, among others. She is the founding editor of the literary journal No Tokens. She holds a BBA from Parsons School of Design & Eugene Lang College and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. 
Shivani Manghnani has published fiction in Boston Review, Hyphen, Harpur Palate, So to Speak, and in the anthology Contours of the Heart (Temple University Press). She has taught at CUNY and St. Joseph’s College. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.
Daniel Marcus has published short stories in both literary and genre magazines, including Witness, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, ZYZZYVA, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is the author of the short story collection, Binding Energy (Elastic Press), the novel, Burn Rate (Apodis Publishing), and his nonfiction has appeared in Wired, Boing-Boing, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has taught at the U.C. Berkeley Extension and San Francisco's Writing Parlor. He holds a BA from Hampshire College and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Also Teaches:  Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing  
Zachary Martin has published fiction, essays, and humor in Washington Square, Louisville Review, Fourth Genre, Lumina, Southeast Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is an assistant fiction editor at Narrative and has taught at the College of Staten Island. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA in Fiction from Florida State University.
Thaïs Miller is the author of the novel Our Machinery and the short story collection The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (both Brown Paper Publishing). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Nautilus, Bleak House Review, AmLit, and the anthology  Lethal Rejection(Carolina Academic Press). She holds a BA from American University and an MA in Creative Writing for Social Activism from NYU.  Also Teaches:  Novel Writing   Write-In  
Alex Mindt is the author of the short story collection Male of the Species (Delphinium/HarperCollins), and he has published fiction in the Missouri ReviewFictionConfrontation, the Literary Review, and The Sun. His plays have been produced in Seattle and Los Angeles, and he is an award winning filmmaker and screenwriter.  He has taught at Long Island University, Adelphi University, and Columbia University. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.  
Also Teaches:  Character Development   The Writer's Mind  
Kyle Minor is the author of the short story collections Praying Drunk (Sarabande) and In the Devil's Territory (Dzanc Books). He has published fiction and nonfiction in the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has taught at Ohio State, Antioch, and Capital Universities, and the University of Toledo. He holds a BA from Anderson University, an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch, and MFAs in Creative Writing from Ohio State and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 
Also Teaches:  Memoir Writing  
Francesca Ochoa has published fiction and nonfiction in This, That, Those; Art XX; and Aorta.  She is the author of chapbooks Love/ Smut and Pictograph, and she has served as editor at Apogee Journal. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Shelly Oria is the author of the short story collection New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG), and has published fiction in McSweeney’s, the Indiana Review, Quarterly West, cream city review, and FiveChapters. She has served as senior editor at Storyscape, curates the Actors Reading Writers series, and has taught fiction at the Pratt Institute.  She holds a BA from Tel Aviv University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence.
Dalia Pagani is the author of the novel Mercy Road (Delacorte), and her fiction and essays have appeared in Story, Portsmouth Review, Green Mountains Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Omnificent, and Cruising World. She has taught at Plymouth State University, Lebanon College, and Johnson State College. She holds a BA and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.
Jessica Penner is the author of the novel in stories Shaken In The Water, (Foxhead Books), and her short fiction has appeared in Lost Writers, in the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies (Herald Press), and received an Honorable Mention for the Open City R. Rofihe Trophy. Her nonfiction has been published in the Bellevue Literary ReviewThe FiddlebackLuna Luna, Rhubarb, and The Center for Mennonite Writing Journal. One of her essays was an honorable mention for the Burns Archive Prize for Nonfiction and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught at James Madison University and the Long Island Business Institute. She holds a BA from Eastern Mennonite University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. 
Michael Phillipps has published fiction in Antigonish Review, Bayou, Chaffin Journal, Dalhousie Review, Euphony, Forum, Gargoyle, Karamu, The MacGuffin, New Millennium Writings, new renaissance, Pikeville Review, Sulfur River Literary Review, and the Yorkville Anthology of New Writers. He has also published book reviews and articles in The Boston Globe and other newspapers. He has taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the De Cordova Museum School, the South Shore Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, and NYU. He holds a BA from Tufts University, a JD from NYU, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU.
Dominic Preziosi has published fiction, articles and essays in Avery, Descant, Front Porch, Beloit Fiction Journal, Brooklyn Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Storyglossia, and the Writer Magazine, and his work has been featured in the Brooklyn Writers Space Anthology (Sock Monkey Press) and What's Your Exit? (Word Riot Press). He has taught at CUNY. He holds a BA from Fordham, an MA in Liberal Studies from CUNY, and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.
Emily Rapp is the author of the memoirs The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin) and Poster Child (Bloomsbury). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Cimarron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Silent Voices, Terminus, The Sun, Texas Observer, Segue, and StoryQuarterly. She has received awards and recognition from the Atlantic Monthly, StoryQuarterly, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, and she is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. She has taught at Antioch University Los Angeles, Bucknell University, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and the Provincetown Adult Education Program. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds a BA from Saint Olaf College, an MTS from Harvard University, and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from the University of Texas. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Memoir Writing  
Jane Ratcliffe is the author of the novel, The Free Fall (Henry Holt), and co-author of the nonfiction books One Can Make a Difference (Adams Media) and Totally Vegetarian (De Capo). She has written fiction and nonfiction for Guernica, New England Review, Tricycle, The Sun, Vogue, Interview, VH1, the Detroit News, and is included in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York. She has taught at the New School, Rutgers,and Washtenaw Community College. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.
Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale. Also Teaches:  Novel Writing  
Evan Rehill has published fiction in American Short Fiction, Instant City, Watchword, 14 Hills, and Kitchen Sink. He has taught at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing, both from San Francisco State University.
Brandi Reissenweber has published fiction in North Dakota Quarterly, Aspects, and Rattapallax, and she authored the chapter on Character in Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury USA), part of GWW's series of writing guides. She served as an assistant editor with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All Story and as an editor at Washington Square. She has taught at NYU, St. John's University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, SafeSpace, New York Hospital, and Il Chiostro in Italy. She holds a BA from Purdue University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU. Also Teaches:  Reading Fiction  
Lev AC Rosen is the author of the novel All Men of Genius (Tor). He has published short fiction in Esopus and written for Tor.com. He has taught at the Oberlin Experimental College. He holds a BA from Oberlin and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence.  Also Teaches:  Novel Writing  
Alexis Schaitkin has published fiction and nonfiction in Southern Review, Southwest Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gastronomica, the New York Times, and Ecotone. She has served as an editor with Meridian. She has taught at the University of Virginia and WriterHouse. She holds an AB from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia.  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Write-In  
Martha Schulman has published fiction and nonfiction in the The Seattle Review, The Beacon Street Review, Gulf Stream, Jewish Currents, The Kings English and the 2003 Bridport Prize Anthology. She also reviews nonfiction for Publishers Weekly. She has taught at Columbia University and is a writing tutor and humanities instructor at The Cooper Union. She holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MAT from Brown University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Amy Shearn is the author of the novels The Mermaid of Brooklyn (Touchstone) and How Far is the Ocean From Here (Crown). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, Five Chapters, and she is regular contributor to Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She has taught at the University of Minnesota. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.
Also Teaches:  Write-In  
Jessie Sholl is the author of the memoir Dirty Secret  (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). She has published fiction and nonfiction in Fiction, Lit, CutBank, Other Voices, the New York Times, Experience Life, and Ladies Home Journal. She is the co-editor of Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic  (Travelers’ Tales Press). She has taught at the New School University. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School University.  Also Teaches:  Memoir Writing  
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), and has published short stories and essays in numerous journals, including  DoubleTake, CRATE, and Bayou. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University and UNC at Chapel Hill. He holds a BA from Ohio University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Penn State and an MA in Folklore from UNC at Chapel Hill.
Also Teaches:  Novel Writing  
Hasanthika Sirisena has published fiction in Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. Her work has been anthologized in Best New American Voices, and named a notable story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. She is an associate fiction editor at West Branch literary magazine. She has taught at the City College New York. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College New York.
Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Skinny and Who By Fire (both Harper Perennial). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalSlate, Salon, O The Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Paris ReviewGQEsquireGlimmer Train Stories, and Southern Review, among other publications, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull). She received a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and is a six-time Moth StorySLAM winner.  She holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. Also Teaches:  Novel Writing  
Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers' Workshop. He is the editor of Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Business Writing   Character Development   Screenwriting   TV Writing  
Elizabeth Stevens is the author of the novella Wolf Memoirs(under the name Gordon Ebenezer Gourd), published in Explosion-Proofmagazine, and she has published nonfiction in The Awl, Electric Literature and the Rolling Stone website. She has served in an editorial capacity with Electric Literature and Brooklyn Review. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Kingsborough Community College, and St. Francis College. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. 
Jessica Sticklor is the author of the novel Betwixt and Between (Ig Publishing). Her work has appeared in The Paper Nautilus, Open Wide Magazine, Conclave, The Skyline Review, Chiron Review, and Kudzu, among many others. Her short story “Between Silences” won the Geraldine Griffin Moore Award, and she has also won The Bronx Council On The Arts Chapter One Award. She holds a BA from The New School and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College-The City University Of New York.
Emily Taylor has published fiction in Inkwell, Crate, Baltimore Review, Green Mountains Review, Lost, and Hobart, and she served as the prose editor for LIT. She holds a BA from Colgate and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Elizabeth Tippens is the author of the novel-in-stories Winging It (Putnam Riverhead). She has published fiction and nonfiction in Harper’s, Ploughshares, Voices of the Xiled, Mademoiselle, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and YM. She has taught at NYU. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. 
Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey  (Norton).  She has published short fiction in poemmemoirstory, Carve Magazine, Obsidian II,  and Passages North, and the anthologies Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. She has taught at Southern Illinois University. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction  from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Anne-E Wood has published fiction in Tin House, Agni, Other Voices, New Letters, Chicago Quarterly Review, Karuma Review, Fourteen Hills, Cream City Review, Fiction Attic, Beloit, and Licking River. She has taught at San Francisco State University and Rutgers University. She holds a BA from Macalester College and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University.
Laura Yeager is the author of the short story collection First Aid and Other Stories (Iowa State) and she has published fiction in such magazines as Paris ReviewMissouri ReviewNorth American ReviewOhio Short Fiction, and Kaleidoscope.  She has taught at Kent State University, Walsh University, Malone College, and Rhode Island School of Design. Laura holds a BA from Oberlin College, an MA in English from Iowa State University, and an MFA in English from the University of Iowa. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
David Yoo is the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Hyperion) and Girls for Breakfast (Delacorte), the middle grade novel The Detention Club (Balzer + Bray), and the essay collection The Choke Artist (Grand Central). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Massachusetts Review, Rush Hour, Maryland Review, and the anthology Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking). He has taught at Pine Manor College and CU-Boulder. He holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Also Teaches:  Humor Writing  
Irene Zabytko is the author of the novel The Sky Unwashed (Algonquin), and the short story collection When Luba Leaves Home (Algonquin). Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and her nonfiction has appeared in such publications as the Orlando Sentinel, Belle Lettres, and the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine. She holds a BA from Vermont College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  

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