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.

Mo Krochmal is the executive editor and founder of Social Media News NY. He was a founding producer for The New York Times website, senior editor of GenomeWeb, executive producer of Nassau News Live and New York editor for TechWeb. He has written for United Press International, The New York Times, the Danbury News-Times, the Wilson Daily Times, and the Washington Daily News, among others. He is the vice president of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  He has taught for Hofstra University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He holds a BA from North Carolina State University and an MS from Columbia University. 

Kim Liao has published short memoir, personal essays, fiction, and creative nonfiction in The Millions, The Rumpus, Salon, Lit Hub, Another Chicago Magazine, River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things” column, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Fourth River, Fringe, and Hippocampus, among others. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Creative Arts Research Fellowship. She wrote the Girl Meets Formosa blog about travel, history, food, culture, and family secrets in Taiwan. She also edited Vernacular, an ensemble blog about the Boston literary community, and served as the nonfiction editor of the literary journal Redivider and a prose reader at Black Lawrence Press. She has taught at Lost Lit and Emerson College. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Sarah McColl is the author of the memoir Joy Enough (Liveright Publishing). 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, Smithsonian magazine, JSTOR Daily, and TakePart. Her essays have appeared in the Paris Review, 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.

Amy Sue Nathan is the author of the novels The Last Bathing Beauty (forthcoming, Lake Union Publishing), Left to ChanceThe Good Neighbor, and The Glass Wives, (all St. Martin’s Press). She was a columnist for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Perspectives section, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Imperfect Parent, Writer’s Digest, and Writer Unboxed, among many others. She writes the Women’s Fiction Writers blog, and has taught for the Chicago Writers Workshop, the Philadelphia Writers Workshop, and Writer’s Digest. She holds a BA in journalism from Temple University.

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 Billboard, 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. He is managing editor of the blogs Pain in the Arsenal and Release the Knappen. He is a former contributor for FourFourTwo US and CBS’s ManCave Daily. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, The Writer magazine, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Hobart. He holds a BA in History and English from the University of Central Missouri.

Julie Zeilinger is the creator and founding editor of the blog The FBomb, which is now partnered with the Women’s Media Center as an international blog for socially conscious teens. She is the author of the nonfiction books A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word (Seal Press) and College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year (Prufrock Press), and her articles, opinion, and essays have appeared in Vox, Forbes, Marie Claire, CNN, and Billboard, among many others. She has worked as politics and issues editor at MTV News and as a staff writer for Mic.com. She holds a BA from Barnard College.