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Memoir Writing Faculty
Kimberlee Auerbach is the author of the memoir The Devil, the Lovers & Me (Dutton), which is based on her one-woman show. She has performed her comedic monologues throughout New York City, competed in the Moth GrandSLAM Storytelling Championships, and appeared on such radio shows as Sex, Success and Sensibility with Candace Bushnell and Wake-Up with Cosmo. She has taught at Mediabistro and the Bank Street College of Education. She holds a BA from SUNY Purchase.
Ryan Britt has published fiction and nonfiction in Nerve, Opium Magazine, Soon Quarterly, The Rumpus, Clarkesworld Magazine, The New Inquiry, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.  His plays and performances have been seen at numerous venues, and he blogs for Tor.com. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Essay and Opinion   Humor Writing  
Kelly Caldwell has written for New York Newsday, House Beautiful, Time Out New York, The Writer, The Huffington Post,  and others. One of her essays was named a Notable Essay by the editors of the Best American Essays series and anthologized in If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home. She is also dean of faculty at Gotham Writers' Workshop.  She holds a BJ from the University of Missouri and an MS from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Creative Nonfiction 101   Essay and Opinion  
Marie Carter is the author of the memoir The Trapeze Diaries (Hanging Loose Press). Her work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Bloom, Spectacle, Turntable + Bluelight, and in the anthology Best Creative Nonfiction (W.W. Norton). She serves as associate editor of Hanging Loose Press, where she has edited the anthologies Word Jig and Voices of the City. She holds an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University. 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:  Fiction Writing   Write-In  
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:  Fiction Writing  
Kerry Cohen is the author of the memoir Loose Girl (Hyperion) and the young adult novels Easy (Simon & Schuster), The Good Girl and It's Not You, It's Me (Delacorte). She has taught at Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, and City University in Vancouver, Washington. She holds a BA from Clark University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.
Janice Erlbaum is the author of the memoirs Girlbomb (Villard), and Have You Found Her (Villard). She is a columnist for Bust magazine, and her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in New York Press, Interview, PAPER, and McSweeneys Internet Tendency. She holds a BA from Hunter College and an MA in English/Writing from NYU.
Meredith Franco Meyers has held editorial positions at Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, Lifetime and iVillage. Her articles have been published in Self, Modern Bride, InStyle Specials, Bridal Guide, and Time Out New York. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Writing from The New School. Also Teaches:  Article Writing  
Shahnaz Habib has published fiction and nonfiction in the anthologies Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers (Random House) and 21 Under 40 (Zubaan). She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker online, the Guardian blogs, and Of Note magazine. She holds a BA from Mahatma Gandhi University, and MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Essay and Opinion  
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.  Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing  
Lindsay Harrison  is the author of the memoir Missing (Simon & Schuster), which was named a Top Ten Memoir choice by Publishers' Weekly. She has written for Fast Company, and is a writer for Oyster Books. She holds a B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, and an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University.  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101  
Colleen Kinder s the author of the guidebook Delaying the Real World (Running Press), and she co-edited the essay anthology Confessions of a High School Nerd (Penguin). Her essay "Blot Out" was included in the Best American Travel Writing, and her articles and essays have been published in the New York TimesNational GeographicSalonCreative Nonfiction, the New RepublicTransitions Abroad, Ms., Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Quarterly WestNinth LetterA Public Space, and Prairie Schooner.  She also contributed to the anthologies A Woman's World Again (Traveler's Tales) and 20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers (Random House). She has taught at the University of Iowa. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa.
Scott LaCounte is the author of the humor memoir Quiet, Please (Da Capo Books). He has published humor pieces in McSweeney's, The Door, Campus Life, Morning News, Pacific Review, and Orange County Register. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, and an MLIS in Library Science from San Jose State University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Humor Writing  
Fran McNulty is the co-author of the nonfiction book Powerplay (Simon & Schuster). She has written features and food reviews for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York, The Nation, Barrons, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, and New York Woman. She has taught at City University of New York and William Paterson College. She holds a BA from Harvard. Also Teaches:  Food Writing  
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. 
Nan Mooney is the author of the memoir My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track (HarperCollins), and the nonfiction books (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents (Beacon Press) and I Can't Believe She Did That: Why Women Betray Other Women at Work (St. Martin's Press). Her work has also appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Slate, the Seattle Weekly, and Hamptons Jitney Magazine. She holds a BA from Scripps College.
Stacy Pershall is the author of the memoir Loud in the House of Myself (W.W. Norton), selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and her work is included in the anthology Lost and Found (W.W. Norton).  She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, and City College of New York. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.  Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Take Away   Unbound: Creative Writing   Write It Right!  
Melissa Petro has published nonfiction in New York Magazine, Poets & Writers, Salon, Daily Beast, Narratively, Jezebel, xoJane, Frisky, The Fix, and Rumpus. She is the editor of two anthologies: Pros(e): Writings by Individuals with Experiences in the Sex Industries and Corner Stories: Writings by the Washington Heights CORNER Project Community. She holds a BA from Antioch, an MS in Education from Fordham, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School.  Also Teaches:  Essay and Opinion   Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction   Personal Essay Writing   Prompt-a-thon   Write-In  
Julie Powell is the author of the memoirs Julie And Julia (Little, Brown and Company) and Cleaving (Back Bay Books). Her work has appeared in the New York Times MagazineBon Appetit and Slate, among others,  and anthologized in Altared and Behind The Bedroom Door. Two of her essays have been included in the Best Food Writing series. She holds a B.A. from Amherst 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  
Domenica Ruta is the author of the memoir With Or Without You (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), which was a Barnes & Novel Discover selection. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Indiana ReviewThe New York Times Sunday Book Review, PEN America, and Epoch, among others. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. 
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.
David Seigerman is the co-author of Under Pressure, as well as the best-selling Take Your Eye Off the Ball (both Triumph books). He is the NFL Draft Senior Analyst for Football.com. He has served as managing editor of College Sports Television and as a producer/writer for CNN-Sports Illustrated. He was the senior writer at College Sports Magazine, an award-winning sports reporter and columnist for the Jackson Sun, and a sports reporter for Newsday. His freelance work has appeared on ESPN, CNNSI.com and various newspapers, magazines and websites. He co-produced and co-wrote the feature-length documentary The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. David holds a BA from Ithaca College.
Also Teaches:  Documentary Films  
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:  Fiction 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:  Fiction Writing   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  
Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University. Also Teaches:  Personal Essay Writing   Travel Writing   Unbound: Creative Writing  
Pat Willard is the author of the nonfiction books: America Eats! (Bloomsbury), Pie Every Day (Algonquin), A Soothing Broth (Broadway Books), and Secrets of Saffron (Beacon Press). She is a contributor to the recently released Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, (Oxford University Press) and her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing of 2001 (Marlowe & Co.), and Best American Recipes 2002-2003 (Houghton Mifflin). She has published nonfiction in Topic, Garden Design, American Heritage, New York Newsday, Brooklyn Bridge, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Bon Appetit, and Food History News. She holds an MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Goucher College.

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