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.

Ryan Britt is the author of the essay collection Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths (Plume Books). He has published fiction and nonfiction in The New York Times, Nerve, The Rumpus, Vice Motherboard, The Awl, and The New Inquiry, among others. His plays and performances have been seen at numerous venues, and he blogs for Tor.com.

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.

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, among others. 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 sitting U.S. President. As a ghostwriter, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, and many others. 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.  

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.

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.

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 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. 

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 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.