Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jennifer Armstrong is the author of the nonfiction books Sex and the City and Us, Seinfeldiawhich was a New York Times bestseller, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (all Simon & Schuster), and Why? Because We Still Like You (Grand Central Publishing). She served as co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism  (Mariner Books), and she blogs about pop culture and writing at JenniferKArmstrong.com. She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and she has written for the BBC online, Glamour, Mental Floss, Refinery 29, 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.

Sarah McColl is the author of the memoir Joy Enough (Liveright Publishing, forthcoming). She was the founding editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food, and her food writing has appeared in Bon Appetit, Food52, Epicurious, House Beautiful, Edible Brooklyn, and TakePart. Her essays have appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Story Quarterly, South Dakota Review, In Context Journal, and in the anthology The Shell Game (University of Nebraska Press). She’s been a senior editor and producer for Condé Nast Publications, and worked for Cambridge University Press. She holds a BA from Macalester College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Gabriela Pereira is the author of the nonfiction book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community (Writer’s Digest Books), and founder of DIYMFA.com, which began as a 30-day blog challenge. Her articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine, The Writer magazine, The Novel and Short Story Writer's Market, The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, and Writing Voice, Her writing has also appeared on blogs such as Writer Unboxed, Jane Friedman’s Blog, Writers Helping Writers, and Mystery Writing Is Murder, she has given a TEDx Talk, and she is host of the DIY MFA podcast. She has taught at 826NYC, the East Harlem Tutorial Program, and Everybody Wins. She holds a BA from Williams College, an MA from Cornell University, and an MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.

Mara Reinstein writes the MaraMovies blog, an ad-supported site that features reviews, essays, and reporting about the film industry. She is the film critic for US Weekly magazine, where she is also a former deputy editor, and she is a contributing entertainment editor for Parade magazine. Her journalism, interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in Glamour, Variety, TV Guide, The New York Observer, and Emmy magazine, among many others. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Missouri. 

Josh Sippie is Gotham’s director of contests and conferences, as well as a teacher. His creative writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hobart and Robot Butt. He has also spent time as an editor and a literary assistant, and is a part-time sports writer, with work appearing in the Guardian, CBS, Fox Sports and FourFourTwo. He holds a BA in History and English from the University of Central Missouri.