Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism  (Mariner Books) and author of the nonfiction books Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted  (Simon & Schuster) and Why? Because We Still Like You (Grand Central Publishing). She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and she has written for Glamour, 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.

Carole Bugge is the author of the novels The Star of India, (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent VictimSilent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University.

Kelly Caldwell has written for 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.

Ken Derry is the deputy editor of Yankees Magazine, the magazine of the New York Yankees. 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 holds a BA from Old Dominion University and an MFA in Fiction from the New School.  

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.

Meredith Franco Meyers has held editorial positions at Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, Lifetime and iVillage. She is a contributing editor for eurocheapo.com. Her articles have been published in Huffington Post, Self, Modern Bride, and Time Out New York, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.

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 blogs, and Of Note magazine. 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Emma Pearse is the author of the nonfiction book Sophie: The Incredible True Adventures of the Castaway Dog (Perseus Books). She has worked as a features editor for Virgin Airlines’ Voyeur magazine, ID magazine, and the Canberra Times, and as a contributing writer at New York magazine. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, the Guardian UK, Slate, Salon, New York magazine, and the Village Voice, among many others. She holds a BA from Australian National University, and an MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU.

Meredith Phillips has published essays and reviews on food and other topics for Texas Monthly, Time Out New York, the Austin Chronicle and the Columbia Journal, and she blogs at Church Avenue Chomp. She is the author of numerous nonfiction children’s books (Scholastic and Compass Point Press). She has served as an editor for Harcourt Trade Publishers and worked in both product development and implementation for Scholastic Education Group. She holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MFA in Nonfiction from the New School.

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. 

Domenica Ruta is the author of the memoir With Or Without You (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), which was a Barnes & Novel Discover selection. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Indiana ReviewThe New York Times Sunday Book Review, PEN America, and Epoch, among others. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. 

David Seigerman is the co-author of Under Pressure, as well as the best-selling Take Your Eye Off the Ball (both Triumph books). He is the NFL Draft Senior Analyst for Football.com. He has served as managing editor of College Sports Television and as a producer/writer for CNN-Sports Illustrated. He was the senior writer at College Sports Magazine, an award-winning sports reporter and columnist for the Jackson Sun, and a sports reporter for Newsday. His freelance work has appeared on ESPN, CNNSI.com and various newspapers, magazines and websites. He co-produced and co-wrote the feature-length documentary The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. David holds a BA from Ithaca College.

Ashley Shelby is the author of the nonfiction book Red River Rising: The Antatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City (Minnesota Historical Society Press). Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in The Nation, Gastronomica, E: The Environmental Magazine, Post Road, Babble, and the Third Coast, as well as the anthology Falling Backwards (Hourglass). She served as an associate editor at Penguin Group (USA). She holds a BA from Indiana University and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University.

Steven James Snyder has written articles for People.comUSA 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 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.

Stephanie Staal is the author of the nonfiction books Reading Women (Public Affairs) and The Love They Lost (Delacorte). Her articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Glamour, and Marie Claire. She has served as developmental editor at She Writes Press, the US editor for Cyan Books, and as a literary scout and editorial consultant. She holds a BA from Barnard College, an MS in Journalism from Columbia University, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

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.

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, Salon, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.