Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Amelia Blanquera has had essays and articles published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the New York Times, Orion, The Nervous Breakdown, and Climbing Magazine, among many others.  She’s served on the staffs of several publishing companies including Doubleday, Macmillan, and Putnam. She holds a BS from New York University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Chloé Caldwell is the author of the essay collections Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books) and I’ll Tell You In Person (Coffee House Press/Emily Books), as well as the novella Women (Short Flight/Long Drive Books). Her essays have appeared in The Sun magazine, Salon, VICE magazine, The Rumpus, xoJane, Smith Magazine, and Freerange Nonfiction. She has contributed to the anthologies True Tales of Lust and Love (Soft Skull Press) and Goodbye To All That: Writers On Loving And Leaving New York (Seal Press). She has taught for LitReactor, The Independent Resource Cente, and The Hudson Opera House.

Kelly Caldwell has written for Vox, 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.

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 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.  

Peter Finch is a contributing editor for Golf Digest, where he writes the “Golf and Business” column and where he has also served as a senior editor. He is the co-author of the books The SmartMoney Guide to Long-Term Investing, The SmartMoney Stockpicker’s Bible (both John Wiley & Sons), and How to Raise Kids Without Going Broke (Avon Books). He has served as an editor at SmartMoney magazine and BusinessWeek, and written for The Wall Street Journal, The San Jose Mercury News, and Art Direction magazine, among many others. He has taught at the University of Tennessee, and holds a BA from 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. 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.

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.

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.

Melissa Petro has published nonfiction in Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, Poets & Writers, Salon, Daily Beast, Narratively, Jezebel, xoJane, Frisky, The Fix, and Rumpus. 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 is a PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize finalist. She holds a BA from Antioch, an MS in Education from Fordham, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School.

Ian S. Port is the author of the nonfiction book The Birth of Loud, (Scribner), and his essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in The Believer, 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.

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. 

David Seigerman writes for the Newbridge Marketing Group and has written blogs and articles for numerous corporate clients, including Polo and Barnes & Noble. He is the co-author of three nonfiction books: Take Your Eye Off the Ball, Under Pressure, and Quarterback: the Toughest Job in Sports (all with Triumph Books). He has served as a senior producer for RealFootballNetwork, a senior analyst for Football.com, managing editor of College Sports Television, and a producer/writer for CNN-Sports Illustrated. He co-produced and co-wrote the feature-length documentary The Warrior Ethos: The Experience and Tradition of Boxing at West Point. He holds a BA from Ithaca College.

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.