Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism  (Mariner Books) and author of the nonfiction books Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted  (Simon & Schuster) and Why? Because We Still Like You (Grand Central Publishing). She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and she has written for Glamour, SalonA.V. Club, Details, O, New York‘s Vulture, as well as numerous daily newspapers. Her work is included in the anthologies Altared and Coffee At Luke's. She holds a BS from Northwestern University.

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.

Steven Cherry is the director of TTI/Vanguard. He is a former senior editor of IEEE Spectrum, and his work has appeared in Computer Shopper, Interactive Week, and the National Public Radio shows Living on Earth and Here & Now. He has taught at the College of New Rochelle, the University of Iowa, and William Patterson University. He holds a BA from Geneseo College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

Andrew Collins has served as editor and writer on more than 200 guidebooks for Fodor’s Travel Publications, including the Arizona, Caribbean, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest titles. He has also written for Moon Handbooks, and contributed to a number of Zagat guides. He has served as editor-in-chief of the travel/lifestyle magazines OutAlohaand OutCity Northwest. He’s the expert “guide” on gay and lesbian travel for About.com, and has written for Orbitz.com, Travel + Leisure, The Advocate, Sunset, New Mexico Magazine, and various AAA publications. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

Ken Derry is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine, the magazine of the New York Yankees. He has written articles for the New York Times, ESPN.com, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, Bicycling, AM New York, the Times of Trenton, Blue, the Rough Guides, and Shecky’s Nightlife Guides. He holds a BA from Old Dominion University and an MFA in Fiction from the New School.  

Mike Dunphy is a contributing writer for USA Today’s travel publication RoadWarriorVoices, and his articles and essays have appeared in Travel Weekly, PBS: Next Avenue, American Way, Travel + Leisure, Time Out, Beer Advocate, and NewYork.com, among many others. He has worked as an editor and contributor to Fodor’s Travel (Random House). He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.

David Farley is the author of the travel memoir An Irreverent Curiosity (Penguin) and the co-editor of Travelers’ Tales Prague and the Czech Republic. He is a Contributing Editor at AFAR magazine and writes regularly for the New York Timesthe Washington PostTravel + Leisure, National Geographic TravelerSlate, and WorldHum.com. He holds a BA from University California, Santa Cruz and an MA from San Francisco State University.

Francis Flaherty served as an editor and writer at the New York Times for 19 years, including stints as an investment columnist and as deputy editor of the City, Metropolitan and Home Sections. He is the author of The Elements of Story (HarperCollins) and has written articles for the Atlantic, Harper’s, the Progressive, and Commonweal. He has taught at NYU, the Columbia School of Journalism, and the New York Times Knowledge Network. He holds a BA from Harvard College and a JD from the Harvard Law School. 

Meredith Franco Meyers has held editorial positions at Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, Lifetime and iVillage. She is a contributing editor for eurocheapo.com. Her articles have been published in Huffington Post, Self, Modern Bride, and Time Out New York, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

James Bernard Frost is the author of the novels A Very Minor Prophet (Hawthorne Books) and World Leader Pretend (St. Martin’s Press), and the travel guide The Artichoke Trail (Hunter Publishing), which won the Lowell Thomas Bronze Award for Best Travel Guide. His articles and essays have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Role/Reboot, Trachodon Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Farallon Review. He has been a contributor to the San Francisco Examiner and Wired Online, where he wrote food, travel, and culture reviews. He holds a BS from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Patty Lamberti has served as an editor with Playboy, Latina, and Lifetime online. She has written nonfiction for Maxim, New York Metro, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Satisfaction. She is the Professional-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago's School of Communication. She has taught at the University of Illinois. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Writing from the University of Illinois.

David Seigerman writes for the Newbridge Marketing Group and has written blogs and articles for numerous corporate clients, including Polo and Barnes & Noble. He is the the co-author of three nonfiction books: Take Your Eye Off the Ball, Under Pressure, and Quarterback: the Toughest Job in Sports (all with Triumph Books). He has served as a senior producer for RealFootballNetwork, a senior analyst for Football.com, managing editor of College Sports Television, and a producer/writer for CNN-Sports Illustrated. He co-produced and co-wrote the feature-length documentary The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. He holds a BA from Ithaca College.

Steven James Snyder has written articles for People.com, USA Today, Newsday, the Newark Star-Ledger, L Magazine, the Villager, and Art Forum. He has served as associate editor at Time magazine, film critic for the New York Sun, arts reviewer with Downtown Express Collider, film editor for SOMA magazine, and is executive editor of The 74. He is also a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. He holds a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.

Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers Workshop. He is the editor of the Gotham books 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.