Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Mary Anderson is the author of twenty-nine books for young people including, Mostly Ghosts (Yearling), Suzy's Secret Snoop Society (Avon Books), and The Unsinkable Molly Malone (Harcourt). Three of her books have been included in the New York Public Library's list of Best Books of the Year. She has taught for Teachers and Writers Collaborative and for the Women's Writing Guild at Skidmore College.

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of the middle grade novels Ruby on the Outside (Simon & Schuster), What Every Girl (except me) Knows, Almost Home (Little, Brown and Company), Basketball (or Something Like It), In the Company of Crazies (HarperCollins), and The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah and Runt (Simon & Schuster), as well as the YA novels Subway Love, Surfacing, All We Know Of Love (Candlewick), Anything But Typical, and The Summer Before Boys (Simon & Schuster). She has also published short stories and personal essays in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer. She has taught at the Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She holds a BA from SUNY Purchase.

Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels Villainous (Knopf), Powerless (Yearling), The Dead Gentleman (Yearling), among others. He has published pieces in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at Laguardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.

Edward Einhorn is the author of the picture books A Very Improbable Story and Fractions In Disguise, (both Charlesbridge Press), and the middle-grade novels The Living House of Oz and Paradox In Oz, (both Hungry Tiger Press).  His plays have been produced at many theaters, including: The Velvet Oratorio (The Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center), Fairy Tales of the Absurd (Theater 80), Unauthorized Magic in Oz (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Doctors Jane & Alexander (Theater 5), and The Living Methuselah (Theater 22), among many others. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation development grant, and is the artistic director of Untitled Theater Co. #61. He holds a BA in writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

Jackie Glasthal is the author of the middle grade novel Liberty on Twenty Third Street (Silver Moon Press) and the children's nonfiction books: American History Math (Scholastic), History Comes Alive: The American Revolution (Scholastic), and Quick Math Guide (Sterling). She is the Editor of Digital Production at Scholastic and has previously served as an Editorial Director at Golden Books Family Entertainment, and she has taught at the Institute of Children's Literature and New York Writers Coalition. She holds a BA from NYU.

Kody Keplinger Kody Keplinger is the author of the novel The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), which reached No. 2 on the New York Times Young Adult Best Sellers List and was made into a feature film by CBS Films. She is also the author of the young adult novels Lying Out Loud, (Scholastic), Shut Out, Secrets and Lies, and A Midsummer’s Nightmare (all Little Brown Books for Young Readers), and the middle-grade novel The Swift Boys & Me (Scholastic). She has published fiction in Young Adult Review Net, and nonfiction in Seventeen magazine, YA Highway, and Poptimal.

Erik Kraft is the author of the chapter book series Lenny and Mel (Simon & Schuster), the picture book Chocolatina (Bridgewater Books), and the middle grade novel Miracle Wimp (Little, Brown). He has taught at Columbia University and Grub Street Writers in Boston. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College.

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.

Carolyn MacCullough is the author of the young adult novels, Falling Through Darkness (Roaring Book Press), one of the New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, Stealing Henry (Roaring Brook Press), Once a Witch (Graphia), Always a Witch (Graphia), and Drawing the Ocean. She also teaches at the New School. She holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.

Margaret Meacham has published fifteen novels for children, including Oyster Moon  and The Secret of Heron Creek (both Tidewater), Quiet! You're InvisibleA Mid-Semester Night's Dream, and A Fairy's Guide to Understanding Humans (all Holiday House), The Ghosts of Laurelford  (Sunbury), and an adult novel The Survival of Sarah Landing  (Sunbury). She has published articles and short stories in Library Journal, Country Magazine, Successful Student Magazine, Maryland Magazine, Highlights for Children, Baltimore Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. She has taught at Goucher College and Towson University. She holds a BA from Trinity College and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Maryland.

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.