Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class (Plume and Headline Review UK), and the Maggie Dove series of mystery books (Random House Alibi). She has published short fiction in American Literary Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nebraska Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, anderbo, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and one of her stories was included in the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and an MFA from Columbia University.

Sarah Bruni is the author of the novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, and volunteered as a writer-in-schools in San Francisco and Montevideo, Uruguay. Her translations have appeared in the Buenos Aires Review. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa, an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

Carmen Bugan is the author of the memoir Burying the Typewriter: Childhood Under the Eye of the Secret Police (MacMillan/Picador and Graywolf Press). She is also the author of the poetry collections Releasing the Porcelain Birds (Shearsman Books), The House of Straw (Shearsman Books), and Crossing the Carpathians (Carcanet Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in the Irish Times, the Harvard Review, the International Literature Quarterly, the Nieman Storyboard at Harvard University, and in the anthologies Centres of Catacylsm (Bloodaxe Books), See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers (Heaven Tree Press), and Penguin’s Poems for Life (Penguin Hardback Classics). She has taught at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the Geneva Writers’ Group, and Oxford University. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and a Master’s and Ph.D, both in English Literature, from Oxford 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 Victim, Silent 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.

Marie Carter is the author of the memoir The Trapeze Diaries (Hanging Loose Press). Her work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Bloom, Spectacle, Turntable + Bluelight, and in the anthology Best Creative Nonfiction (W.W. Norton). She serves as associate editor of Hanging Loose Press, where she has edited the anthologies Word Jig and Voices of the City. She holds an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University.

Julie Chibbaro is the author of the novels Redemption (Simon & Schuster), Deadly (Athaneum), and Into The Dangerous World (Viking). She has published fiction in the Prague Review and the anthology Kraj Majales, and nonfiction in Hudson Valley Magazine, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Prague Post, among many others, and has also written for SundanceTV. She is a winner of the American Book Award. 

Roohi Choudhry has published fiction and nonfiction in the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, the Rumpus, Callaloo, Bitch, Hyphen, Desilicious, Fiction Writers Review, and the anthology 21 Under 40. Her work has been recognized both as a Notable Essay by the Best American Essays series and a Distinguished Story by the Best American Short Stories series, and she has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction. She has taught at the University of Michigan and led workshops for the New York Writers’ Coalition. She holds a BSc from Lahore University of Management Sciences, an MS in Marketing Research from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

Anita Diggs-Thomas is the author of the novels The Other Side of the Game, A Meeting in the Ladies Room, and A Mighty Love (all Kensington Books), and of the nonfiction books Barrier Breaking Resumes and Interviews (Times Books/Random House), Staying Married, (Kensington Books), and Talking Drums (St. Martin’s Press). As an editor and senior editor at Time Warner Publishing, Thunder’s Mouth Press, and Random House, she acquired and edited both fiction and memoir. She holds a BA from the State University of New York/Empire State College and an MFA in Creative Writing/Memoir from Hunter 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.

James Bernard Frost is the author of the novels A Very Minor Prophet (Hawthorne Books) and World Leader Pretend (St. Martin’s Press), and the travel guide The Artichoke Trail (Hunter Publishing), which won the Lowell Thomas Bronze Award for Best Travel Guide. His articles and essays have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Role/Reboot, Trachodon Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Farallon Review. He has been a contributor to the San Francisco Examiner and Wired Online, where he wrote food, travel, and culture reviews. He holds a BS from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Britt Gambino has published poetry in Armchair/Shotgunanderbo, The Boiler, decomP, and Springgun Press, among others. She previously served as a contributing writer at The Sexy Feminist blog and as an Associate Poetry Editor at The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review. She has taught at Education Unlimited, Brooklyn Brainery, and 826NYC. She holds a BA from Drew University and an MFA in Poetry from The New School.

Tamara Guirado has published fiction in StoryQuartlerly, Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. She has taught at Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She holds a BS from Southern Oregon State University and an MFA from Mills College, and she was a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow at Stanford University.

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.

Masha Hamilton is the author of the novels 31 Hours, What Changes Everything, and The Distance Between Us (all Unbridled Books), The Camel Bookmobile (HarperCollins), and Staircase of a Thousand Steps (BlueHen/Penguin Putnam Publishing Group). As a journalist, she worked for the AP in Israel, as the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and she wrote a column on Moscow for U.S. newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald. She is the founder of the Afghan Women Writer's Project. She served as director of communications and public diplomacy for the US Embassy in Afghanistan and vice president of communications for the international NGO Concern Worldwide. She holds a BA from Brown University.

Pamela Harris created Married by the Hour, a half-hour comedy (Howard Stern Productions) and served as a staff writer for Life on the Line, a one-hour drama (Oxygen Network). She has also written and optioned feature screenplays. She is an award-winning visual artist and has shown her art all over the U.S. She holds a BFA from the Hartford Art School.

John Oliver Hodges is the author of the short-story collection The Love Box (Livingston Press) and the novella War of the Crazies (Main Street Rag). His short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including StoryQuarterly, The Literary Review, Swink, Chiron Review, and Rattle. He has taught at FSU, the University of Mississippi, Montclair, and the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference. He holds a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from FSU, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi.

Meghan Kenny is the author of the short-story collection Love Is No Small Thing (LSU Press, forthcoming) and has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, The Cincinnati Review, Hobart, and Pleiades, among many others. She has taught at Boise State University, The Cabin Literary Center, for the Writers in the Schools Program in Idaho, and at the Gilman School as a Tickner Writing Fellow. She holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA in Fiction from Boise State 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.

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.

Chip Livingston is the author of the story collection The Naming Ceremony (Lethe Press, 2014) and the poetry collections Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (New York Quarterly Books) and Museum of False Starts (Gival Press). His fiction and nonfiction are also widely published, in journals including Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Potomac Review, Court Green, Subtropics, and Crazyhorse. He has taught writing at the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Colorado and Brooklyn College. He holds a BS and a BA in English from the University of Florida, an MA in Fiction Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Poetry Writing from Brooklyn College.

Zachary Martin has published fiction, essays, and humor in Washington Square, Louisville Review, Fourth Genre, Lumina, Southeast Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is an assistant fiction editor at Narrative and has taught at the College of Staten Island. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA in Fiction from Florida State University.

Michael Montlack is the author of the poetry collection Cool Limbo (New York Quarterly Books), the chapbooks Cover Charge (Gertrude Press), Girls, Girls, Girls (Pudding House), and The Slip (Poets Wear Prada), and editor of the anthologies My Diva (University of Wisconsin Press) and Divining Divas (Lethe Press). He has published poetry in New York Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Court Green, Cream City Review, and MiPOesias, among others, and he is an associate editor for Mudfish. He holds a BA from Hofstra University, an MFA from the New School, and an MA from San Francisco State University, all in Creative Writing and Literature.

Kate Moses is the author of the novel Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath (St. Martins Press) and of the memoir Cakewalk (The Dial Press). She co-edited the essay anthologies Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood (Washington Square Press/Pocket Books) and Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race & Themselves (HarperCollins). She was a founding senior editor and writer for Salon, and her essays and articles have appeared in The American Scholar, Good Housekeeping, the Guardian, the Hungry Mind Review, Narrative magazine, SF magazine, NPR’s Snap Judgment, and Time, and anthologized in Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (W.W. Norton) and Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists. She has taught at the State University of New York—Plattsburgh, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of the Pacific. She holds a BA from the University of the Pacific and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University.

N. West Moss is the author of the short-story collection The Subway Stops at Bryant Park (Leapfrog Press), and her fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, the New World Review, The Saturday Evening Post, Cahoodaloodaling, The Stockholm Review, Salt, Blotter Magazine, and The Westchester Review, among many others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Salon, The New York Times, Brevity, Memoir Journal, Sou-Wester, Ars Medica, and Hospital Drive Magazine, among others. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and taught at William Paterson University, Montclair State University, and Passaic County Community College. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of Secondary Education from Mercy College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from William Paterson University.

Francesca Ochoa has published fiction and nonfiction in MAKE: A Literary Magazine; Perigree, and Aorta. She is the author of chapbooks Love/ Smut and the art book Pictograph, and she has served as editor at Apogee Journal and Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art. She has taught at NY Writers Coalition, and the Benjamin Banneker Academy. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

Betsey Odell is the author of the novel Deep Water (Sapphire Books) and the essay “Naked in Bohemia” in the anthology Travelers Tales Prague and the Czech Republic (Travelers’ Tales Guides). She has published nonfiction in Preserving Your Memory, of which she was editor-in-chief, and Yellow Rat Bastard. She has taught at Randolph-Macon College. She holds a BA from Randolph-Macon College.

G. D. Peters has published fiction in Folio, South Dakota Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, River Oak Review, Lynx Eye, Prairie Winds, The Licking River Review, Nebo,RiverSedge,and Reader’s Break, and he has served as an editor at FICTION. He has taught at The City College of New York and Lehman College. He holds a BA from Binghamton University, a JD from the University of Buffalo, and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College.

Christine Reilly is the author of the novel Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday (Simon & Schuster), and the poetry chapbooks Too Animal, Not Enough Machine (Sundress Publications) and Mano a Mano: Or Relationship Neither Here Nor There (Shoe Music Press). She has written young adult e-books for the Sh! Pass It On series (Palindrome Media). Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in the Adirondack Review, the Brooklyn Review, FriGG, and Lifelines, among many others. A one-time Intel Science Talent Search National Semi-Finalist, she has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Dalton School, and the Collegiate School. She holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MFA in English from Sarah Lawrence College.

Robert Repino is the author of the novels Mort(e), (named one of iO9's Very Best Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of the year), Culdesac, and D'Arc (all Soho Press), all part of the "War With No Name" series. He is also the author of the novella Leap High Yahoo (Kindle Singles) and has published short fiction in Literary Review, Coachella Review, Wild Violet, Juked Nickel Steak, Knee Jerk, Night Train, Hobart, Ghoti, Furnace Review, and Word Riot. He has served as an editor with the Oxford University Press and is a regular contributor to Tor.com. He holds a BA from St. Joseph’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

David Rice is the author of the novel A Room in Dodge City (Alternating Current Press). His short fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Black Clock, The Rumpus, Hobart, and the New Haven Review, and his book reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and Salon. He has taught at Harvard University, Brownstone Tutors, and Smith Street Workshop. He holds a BA from Harvard 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.

Hasanthika Sirisena is the author of the short-story collection The Other One (University of Massachusetts Press) and has published fiction in Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative, among many others. Her work has won the Juniper Prize, been named a notable story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012, and anthologized in Best New American Voices. She is an associate fiction editor at West Branch literary magazine. She has taught at CUNY. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from CUNY.

Nelsie Spencer is the author of the novel The Playgroup, (St. Martin’s Press), and the feature screenplay A Girl's Best Friend. She co-wrote the feature film Valley Inn, which debuted at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. She wrote, produced, and co-hosted the radio show The Radio Ritas, (Greenstone Media). She co-wrote and starred in the play My Heart Belongs To Daddy, produced at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorothy Lyman’s A Director’s Theater in Los Angeles, and at Duke University’s Pre-Broadway series, and her one-woman show Goodbye Cream played at the When I’m 34 Festival in Los Angeles. She studied dance and theater at Orange Coast College, and fiction at The New School.

Emily Taylor has published fiction in Inkwell, Crate, Baltimore Review, Green Mountains Review, Lost, and Hobart, and she served as the prose editor for LIT. She holds a BA from Colgate and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.

Laura Yeager is the author of the short story collection First Aid and Other Stories (Iowa State) and she has published fiction in such magazines as Paris ReviewMissouri ReviewNorth American ReviewOhio Short Fiction, and Kaleidoscope.  She has taught at Kent State University, Walsh University, Malone College, and Rhode Island School of Design. Laura holds a BA from Oberlin College, an MA in English from Iowa State University, and an MFA in English from the University of Iowa.

Irene Zabytko is the author of the novel The Sky Unwashed (Algonquin), and the short story collection When Luba Leaves Home (Algonquin). Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and her nonfiction has appeared in such publications as the Orlando Sentinel, the New York Times Book Review, and the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine. She holds a BA from Vermont College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.