Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Kesi Augustine is the author of the picture books Hope for the Honeybees and Whales of Wonder, and her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Crawl Space Journal, Winter Tangerine, and For Harriet, among others. Her essays have appeared in USA Today and Connected Academics, the blog of the Modern Language Association. When she was 14, she won the New York MTA’s Poetry in Motion contest, and her poem “Sleepless” was featured on subway trains throughout the city for a year. She teaches with the Bard High School Early College program, and she has taught at New York University and the Bronx Writing Academy. She has worked as a writing assistant for Williams College. She holds a BA from Williams College, and an MA and a Ph.D in English (Children’s Literature) from New York University.

Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels The Peddler's Road, (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), 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: City of Glass (New Ohio), 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). He is the artistic director of Untitled Theater Co. #61. He holds a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.

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 That's Not What Happened (forthcoming), Run, Lying Out Loud, (both 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. He has contributed music to the HBO series Bored To Death, published nonfiction in the New York Times' Modern Love column, appeared on the radio program This American Life, and worked 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), A Mid-Semester Night's Dream (Scholastic), Quiet! You're Invisibleand A Fairy's Guide to Understanding Humans (both 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.

Arlaina Tibensky is the author of the novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster). Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Madison Review, and The Dinner Party Download on NPR. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

Madeline Valentine wrote and illustrated the picture books I Want That Nut!, George in the Darkand The Bad Birthday Idea, (all Knopf Books for Young Readers). She is the illustrator of many picture books including A Lullaby of Summer Things (Schwartz & Wade), Teddy’s Favorite Toy (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster), Little Red Henry (Candlewick Press), Ava and the Real Lucille (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Albertine’s Got Talent! (Henry Holt & Co.). Her illustrations have been included in The Picture Book Re-Imagined exhibit at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the anthology American Illustration (Amilus Inc.). She has taught at the Pratt Institute, and worked as an instructor and program director for the Ridgewood Kids Art Program. She holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute.