Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer at Literary Hub, and her essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Tin House, New York magazine’s “The Cut,” Electric Literature, Guernica, and VICE, among many others. She has served as a board member for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, fiction editor for The James Franco Review, and as assistant prose, creative, and life writing editor for Transnational Literature. She has taught at Florida State University. She holds a BA from St. Leo University, an MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction, and a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing, both from Florida State University.

Nina Boutsikaris is the author of the memoir I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming). Her short nonfiction has appeared in Brevity, Entropy, Fourth Genre, Third Coast, Hobart, the Los Angeles Review, the Mid-American Review, Phoebe, Puerto del Sol, and Redivider, among many othersand her work has been named a Notable Essay by the editors of the Best American Essays series. She has worked at Ms. magazine, the Sonora Review, Riffle Books, and Skyhorse Publishing. She has taught at the University of Arizona and the New School, and been a teaching fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She holds a BA from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona.

Kelly Caldwell has written for Vox, Entropy, 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.

Ada Calhoun is the author of the nonfiction books Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give and St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (both W.W. Norton), which was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus. Her essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, the New Republic, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Redbook, and Self, among many others. She’s worked as an editor for New York magazine’s The Cut, Nerve, and Babble. She’s won journalism fellowships from the Annenberg Foundation and the Alicia Patterson Foundation, among others, and has taught at Hofstra University. She holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Bruce Cherry is a writer and performer for The Final Edition/The Final Edition Radio Hour and has been a producer, staff writer, or contributing writer for the Late Late Show on CBS, Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, The Randi Rhodes Show, Air America Radio, and Jest Magazine. He is a contributor to Air America: The Playbook (Rodale Books) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes (Alpha Books/Penguin), and was a featured columnist for City Scoops magazine. He has written humor for celebrities and politicians, including a U.S. President. He has also written for several animated web series, including The God & Devil Show. He holds a BA from Penn State University.

Ken Derry is the former executive editor of publications for the New York Yankees, and also worked as deputy editor of the team's Yankees Magazine. 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 has taught for New York University. He holds a BA from Old Dominion University and an MFA in Fiction from the New School.

Michael Dunphy is the managing editor of The Montpelier Bridge in Vermont, and has been a contributing writer for USA Today’s travel publication RoadWarriorVoices, a contributing writer to Travel Weekly, and editor of Rawckus Magazine. His articles and essays have appeared in 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.

Janet Flora has published nonfiction in Yalabusha Review, Willow Review, Health Magazine, Salon News, Dramatics, Dan's Papers, and Makeup Artist Magazine, and she served as nonfiction editor of LIT. Her short fiction has been published in NDQ, New Orleans Review, and Hawaii Pacific Review. She has taught at NYU and the School of Visual Arts. She holds a BA from City University, Richmond College, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School University.

Jen Glantz is the author of the memoir Always a Bridesmaid for Hire (Simon & Schuster) and the essay collection All My Friends Are Engaged (Thought Catalog)which was an Amazon bestseller in humor essays. She writes the blog The Things I Learned From, which has been syndicated by the Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, and xoJane. Her articles and essays have appeared in Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, PopSugar, Refinery29, and Today.com, among many others, and she writes a weekly advice column for BRIDES magazine. She is the host of the podcast You're Not Getting Any Younger. She has taught at General Assembly and for ConEdison. She holds a BA in Journalism and a BA in Creative Writing, both from the University of Central Florida.

Shahnaz Habib has published fiction and nonfiction in the anthologies Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers (Random House) and 21 Under 40 (Zubaan). She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker online, the Guardian, and Of Note magazine. Her work has also appeared in Afar magazine, Brevity, and Laundry, among many others, and been named a Notable Essay by the Best American Essays series. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature. She holds a BA from Mahatma Gandhi University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School.

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.

Beth Livermore has written articles and essays for the magazines Astronomy, E: The Environmental Magazine, Family Circle, Glamour, Health, Mademoiselle, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic World, Natural History, Outside, Ski, Smithsonian, and Your Family. She has contributed to many books, including: The Blessing of a Mother’s Love (Ideals Publications), Early Childhood Education (McGraw Hill), Making Connections: Mother-Daughter Travel Adventures (Seal Press), and several Discovery Communications books including Star and Sky and American Safari (Insight Guides/Discovery Communications). She’s been a science writing/journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She holds a BJ from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia 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.

Fran McNulty is the co-author of the nonfiction book Powerplay (Simon & Schuster). She has written features and food reviews for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York, The Nation, Barrons, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, and New York Woman. She has taught at City University of New York and William Paterson College. She holds a BA from Harvard.

Stacy Pershall is the author of the memoir Loud in the House of Myself  (W.W. Norton), selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and her work is included in the anthologies Lost and Found (W.W. Norton) and Spent (Seal Press). She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, City College of New York, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.

Melissa Petro has published essays, articles, and criticism in Marie Claire and Pacific Standard Magazine, and on Allure, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, the Guardian, Narratively, New York Magazine, Salon, and the Washington Post, among many others. She is the editor of two anthologies: Pros(e): Writings by Individuals with Experiences in the Sex Industries and Corner Stories: Writings by the Washington Heights CORNER Project Community. She has been a finalist for the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize. She holds a BA from Antioch and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School.

Jil Picariello is the co-author of the memoir Jessica Lost (Union Square Press). She is the Theater Editor for ZealNYC, and her work has appeared in Afar, Food + Wine, New York magazine, Seventeen magazine, and USA Today, among many others. She’s worked as a copywriter for New York magazine and People, as copy chief for The Parenting Group at Time Warner, and as copy director for Reader’s Digest. She has taught at Media Bistro. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School.

Ian S. Port is the author of the nonfiction book The Birth of Loud, (Scribner, forthcoming), and is web editor at StreetEasy. His essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, Popular Mechanics, Radio Silence, Rolling Stone, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Threepenny Review, and the Village Voice. He was music editor of San Francisco Weekly, where among other duties he oversaw the award-winning All Shook Down music blog. He holds a BA from the University of California-San Diego and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University.

Chris Prioleau has published short nonfiction in The Awl, ZYZZYVA, and Apogee Journal, among others. He has taught at Columbia University, both undergraduate creative writing courses and in the Summer Creative Writing Program for teens, at the Benjamin Banneker Academy, the Brooklyn High School for the Arts, and the Globe Institute of Technology. He is the Development and Communications Manager for the New York Writers Coalition, a founding editor of Apogee Journal, and a current board member of the Wendy’s Subway community writing center in Brooklyn. He holds a BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.

Heather Wood Rudulph is the co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism  (Mariner Books). She has published articles and essays for The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Refinery 29, Elle, Glamour, Details, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Salon, among others. She holds a BS from Syracuse University. 

Alanna Schubach has published essays, articles, and criticism in The Atlantic, Refinery 29, The Village Voice, and the LA Review of Books, among many others. Her fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Post Road, the Lifted Brow, and Prick of the Spindle, and she has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction. She has taught at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, the College Readiness Program, the Westchester County Department of Corrections, and Girls Write Now. She holds a BA from American University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

Ashley Shelby is the author of the nonfiction book Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City(Minnesota Historical Society Press) and the novel South Pole Station (Picador USA). Her short fiction, journalism, and essays have appeared in J Journal: New Writings on Social Justice, the Los Angeles Review, The Nation, Post Road, Seattle Review, Sonora Review, Southeast Review, and Third Coast, among many others. As an editor at Penguin Group (USA), she acquired and edited both narrative nonfiction and memoir. She holds a BA from Indiana University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University.

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.

Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.