Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels Wedding Wipeout (Cozy Cat Press), The Biology of Luck (Elephant Rock Books), and The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up (Cargo Publishing), as well as the short-story collection Scouting For The Reaper (Black Lawrence Press) and the essay collection Phoning Home (University of South Carolina Press). His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Literal Latte, Agni, Colorado Review, Nebraska Review, Boston Review, and Greensboro Review. He has taught at Brown University, Columbia University, and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He holds a BA and MA from Brown University, an MA and an MPhil from Columbia University, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU.

Michael Backus is the author of the novel Double (Xynobooks Publishing), and he has published work in One Story, Portland Review, Sycamore Review, Exquisite Corpse, Verb, Storyhead, The High Hat, The Writer, and Hanging Loose. He has taught at Columbia College and Marymount Manhattan College. He holds a BA from Purdue University and an MFA from Columbia College.

Ryan Bartelmay is the author of the novel Onward Toward What We're Going Toward (Ig Publishing, 2013). He has published work in Time Out: Chicago, Gadfly, Boulevard, Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, among others, and he won Boulevard's Emerging Writer's Award. He served as the fiction co-editor and managing editor at Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art and has taught at Columbia University and Kendall College. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

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. 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. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.

Benjamin Buchholz is the author of the novel One Hundred and One Nights (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown), the nonfiction book Private Soldiers (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), and two poetry chapbooks, Thirteen Stares (Magic Helicopter Press) and Windshield (BlazeVox Press). His short fiction has appeared in Storyglossia, Hobart, Mad Hatter’s Review, and Prime Number Magazine, among others, and been anthologized in the Dzanc Press Best of the Web collections. He has published articles in Military Review magazine and Infantry magazine. He has served as a foreign area officer and U.S. Army attaché in Oman and Yemen, and lectured at Princeton University. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed the Omani Royal Air Force Staff College in Arabic Language, and holds an MA in Near East Studies from Princeton 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.

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, the Rumpus, Callaloo, Bitch, Hyphen, Desilicious, Fiction Writers Review, and the anthology 21 Under 40. 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.

Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels Villainous (Knopf), Powerless (Yearling), The Dead Gentleman (Yearling), among others. He has published pieces in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at Laguardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.

Elizabeth Cohen is the author of the memoir The Family On Beartown Road (Random House), the short story collection The Hypothetical Girl (Split Oak Press), the poetry collections The Economist's Daughter (Ecstatic Utterance) and What the Trees Said (Split Oak Press), and co-author of the nonfiction book The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam).  Her essays, articles, and poetry have appeared in Newsweek, People, the New York Times Magazine, Yale Review, among others. She has taught at Binghamton University, University of New Mexico, the New School for Social Research, and Western Connecticut State University. She holds a BA from University of New Mexico, an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Temple University, and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University.

James Conrad is the author of the novel Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago (St. Martin’s Press). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Tin House, The Advocate, Out, Metrosource Magazine, James White Review, Outweek Magazine, Allegheny Review, Fruit XXX, Inside Chicago, and Helicon. He has taught at the Woodstock Wool Company. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from Columbia University. 

Michael Davis is the author of the short story collection Gravity (Carnegie Mellon Press), and he has published fiction in Descant, San Joaquin Review, Jabberwock Review, Black Mountain Review, Eclipse, Cottonwood, Mid-American Review, Full Circle, Hayden's Ferry Review, Georgia Review, Storyglossia,and Chicago Quarterly Review. He served as fiction editor of CutBank. He has taught at CSU Fresno, Fresno City College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Montana, and the CSU Young Writers' Conference. He holds a BA from UC Irvine, an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D in English from Western Michigan University. 

Anita Diggs 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.

BC Edwards is the author of the short story collection The Aversive Clause (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc) and the poetry collections From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc), and To Mend Small Children (Augury Books), and his work is included in the anthologies Diving Divas and Zombiality. He has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in The New York Times MagazineLa Petite Zine, Freerange Nonfiction, Sink Review, Pax Americana, and Brooklyn Rail. He has served as an executive producer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, and has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in poetry. He holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. 

Jon Gingerich published fiction in Pleiades, Stand Magazine, Helix Magazine, and Oyez Review and nonfiction in The Nervous Breakdown, the LitReactor Magazine, and Thought Catalog, among many others. He is the editor of O’Dwyer’s magazine, and has previously taught at LitReactor. He holds a BA from The Ohio State University and an MFA from The New School. 

Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novels Some Other World, Maybe (St. Martins), Family and Other Accidents (Random House) and 100 Days of Cake (Atheneum Books for Young Readers). She has published fiction in Indiana Review, Prism International, Beacon Street Review, and Wascana Review, and she has published articles in the National Enquirer, Complete Woman, teenStyle, Ohioana, and Restaurants and Institutions. She has taught at Ohio State University. She holds a BSJ from Northwestern University and an MFA in Fiction from Ohio State University.

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.

Brendan Halpin is the author of the novels Dear Catastrophe WaitressLong Way Backand Donorboy (all by Villard); the memoirs Losing My Faculties and It Takes a Worried Man (both by Villard);  and the author or co-author of eight young adult novels, including Forever Changes  (by Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom (Walker Books) and A Really Awesome Mess (Egmont USA) . He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Teaching from Tufts University. 

Season Harper-Fox has published fiction, poetry, and book reviews in Cream City Review, Rocky Mountain Review of Modern Language and Literature, OnTheBus, and Primavera, and she has served as editorial assistant for Prairie Schooner. She has taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She holds a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Michael Harvkey is the author of the novel In the Course of Human Events (Soft Skull Press). His fiction has appeared in Zoetrope All-Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Mississippi Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in Salon, The Believer, Esquire, and Poets & Writers. He has also served as the Deputy Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly. He also teaches at Columbia University. He holds a BS from the University of Central Missouri and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

CJ Hauser is the author of the novel The From-Aways (William Morrow), and has published fiction in TriquarterlyTin HouseThe Kenyon Review, Esquire, The Brooklyn Review, The Laurel Review, and Third Coast. She has worked at several literary agencies, and has taught at CUNY Manhattan and Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.

R. Dean Johnson is the author of the novel Californium (Plume Books) and the short-story collection Delicate Men (Alternative Book Press). His short fiction and essays have appeared in Ascent, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Louisville ReviewNew Orleans Review, Natural Bridge, Ruminate, Santa Clara Review, Slice, and Southern Review, and in the anthologies Agave (Ink Brush Press) and A Tribute to Orpheus (Kearney Street Books). He served as fiction editor at Hayden’s Ferry Review and editor of the anthology, Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education (University Press of America). He has taught at Arizona State University, Prescott College, Cameron University, and Eastern Kentucky University. He holds a BS from California State Polytechnic, an MA in English from Kansas State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University.

Jaime Karnes has published fiction and nonfiction in Granta, Storyglossia, Willard & Maple, HTMLGIANT, PopMatters and TransLit Magazine. She is an Editor-at-Large in fiction at The Utopian. She has taught at Rutgers and Essex County College. She holds a BA from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark University.

Meghan Kenny has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, Cimarron Review, Sonora Review, Bound Off, and The Florida Review. 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 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 Lying Out Loud, (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.

Megan Kruse is the author of the novel Call Me Home (Hawthorne Books). She has published fiction and nonfiction in Narrative Magazine, Drunken Boat, Witness Magazine, The Sun, Bellingham Review, and Psychology Today, and her short fiction is included in the anthologies Portland Noir (Akashic) and Portland Queer (Lit Star Press). She was named a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Awards. She has taught for the University of Montana, Ashford University, Badgerdog in Austin, and Hugo House in Seattle. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.

Sarah Langan is the author of the novels Audrey's Door (HarperCollins), The Missing (Harper Paperbacks), and The Keeper (HarperTorch). She has published short stories and essays in F&SFand St. John’s Humanities Review, and the anthologies The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2011, Brave New Worlds, and Creature!. She holds a BA from Colby College and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia.

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 non-fiction 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.

T Kira Madden has published in or has work forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Tin House online, Cosmonauts Avenue, Puerto del Sol, Hyphen, Fourteen Hills, and elimae, among others. She is the founding editor in chief of the literary journal No Tokens. She holds a BBA from Parsons School of Design & Eugene Lang College and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Daniel Marcus is the author of the novels Burn Rate and A Crack in Everything (Apodis Publishing), as well as the short story collection Binding Energy (Elastic Press) and e-book Echo Beach (Cherrylog Press). He has published short stories in both literary and genre magazines, including Witness, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, ZYZZYVA, and Fantasy and Science Fiction, and his nonfiction has appeared in Wired, Boing-Boing, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has taught at the U.C. Berkeley Extension and San Francisco's Writing Parlor. He holds a BA from Hampshire College and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

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.

Thaïs Miller is the author of the novel Our Machinery and the short story collection The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (both Brown Paper Publishing). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Nautilus, Bleak House Review, AmLit, and the anthology  Lethal Rejection (Carolina Academic Press). She holds a BA from American University and an MA in Creative Writing for Social Activism from NYU. 

Alex Mindt is the author of the short story collection Male of the Species (Delphinium/HarperCollins), and he has published fiction in the Missouri ReviewFictionConfrontation, the Literary Review, and The Sun. His plays have been produced in Seattle and Los Angeles, and he is an award winning filmmaker and screenwriter.  He has taught at Long Island University, Adelphi University, and Columbia University. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.  

Kyle Minor is the author of the short story collections Praying Drunk (Sarabande), which won The Story Prize's Spotlight Award, and In the Devil's Territory (Dzanc Books). He has published fiction and nonfiction in the New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He has taught at Ohio State, Antioch, and Capital Universities, and the University of Toledo. He holds a BA from Anderson University, an MA in Creative Writing from Antioch, and MFAs in Creative Writing from Ohio State and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

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 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.

Benjamin Obler is the author of the novel Javascotia (HamishHamilton), and he has published short fiction and essays in Evansville Review, QWERTY, and The Slate. He has taught at the Loft Literary Center. He holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. 

Francesca Ochoa has published fiction and nonfiction in This, That, Those; Art XX; and Aorta.  She is the author of chapbooks Love/ Smut and Pictograph, and she has served as editor at Apogee Journal. She holds a BA from the University of California, San Diego and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

Dalia Pagani is the author of the novel Mercy Road (Delacorte), and her fiction and essays have appeared in Story, Portsmouth Review, Green Mountains Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Omnificent, and Cruising World. She has taught at Plymouth State University, Lebanon College, and Johnson State College. She holds a BA and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.

Jessica Penner is the author of the novel in stories Shaken In The Water (Foxhead Books), and her short fiction has appeared in Lost Writers, in the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies (Herald Press). Her nonfiction has been published in the Bellevue Literary ReviewThe FiddlebackLuna Luna, Rhubarb, and The Center for Mennonite Writing Journal. She has taught at James Madison University and the Long Island Business Institute. She holds a BA from Eastern Mennonite University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Michael Phillipps has published fiction in Antigonish Review, Bayou, Chaffin Journal, Dalhousie Review, Euphony, Forum, Gargoyle, Karamu, The MacGuffin, New Millennium Writings, new renaissance, Pikeville Review, Sulfur River Literary Review, and the Yorkville Anthology of New Writers. He has also published book reviews and articles in The Boston Globe and other newspapers. He has taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the De Cordova Museum School, the South Shore Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, and NYU. He holds a BA from Tufts University, a JD from NYU, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU.

Dominic Preziosi has held senior editorial and management positions with Commonweal, McGraw-Hill, Forbes, CMP/TechWeb, STV Inc., and the Forsite Group. He has written newsletters, blogs, video scripts, tech tutorials, and a range of other materials for numerous clients and publishers, and he has published fiction, articles, and essays in Avery, Descant, Front Porch, Beloit Fiction Journal, Brooklyn Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Storyglossia, and The Writer Magazine. He has taught at CUNY. He holds a BA from Fordham, an MA in Liberal Studies from CUNY, and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.

Emily Rapp is the author of the memoirs The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin) and Poster Child (Bloomsbury). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, SalonCimarron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Silent Voices, Terminus, The Sun, and StoryQuarterly. She has received awards and recognition from the Atlantic Monthly and StoryQuarterly, and she is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. She has taught at Antioch University Los Angeles, Bucknell University, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and the Provincetown Adult Education Program. She is a Fulbright scholar and holds a BA from Saint Olaf College, an MTS from Harvard University, and an MFA in Fiction and Poetry from the University of Texas.

Jane Ratcliffe is the author of the novel The Free Fall (Henry Holt), and co-author of the nonfiction books One Can Make a Difference (Adams Media) and Totally Vegetarian (De Capo). She has written fiction and nonfiction for Guernica, New England Review, The Sun, Vogue, Huffington Post, Interview, VH1, the Detroit News, and is included in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York. She has taught at the New School, Rutgers University, and Washtenaw Community College. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.

Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.

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.

Brandi Reissenweber has published fiction in North Dakota Quarterly, Aspects, and Rattapallax, and she authored the chapter on Character in Gotham's book Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury USA). She served as an assistant editor with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All Story and as an editor at Washington Square. She has taught at NYU, Illinois Wesleyan University, St. John's University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, SafeSpace, New York Hospital, and Il Chiostro in Italy. She holds a BA from Purdue University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from NYU.

David Rice wrote the screenplays for the films Do Rivers, The Art of Freedom, and Nettalk, and has worked as a screenwriter for filmmakers Simon Pummel and Douglas Blumeyer. His short fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, Pithead Chapel, and the New Haven Review, among many others. His book reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and Salon, among many others. He has taught at and holds a BA from Harvard University.

Lev AC Rosen is the author of the novels Woundabout (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and All Men of Genius (Tor). He has published short fiction in Esopus and written for Tor.com. He has taught at the Oberlin Experimental College. He holds a BA from Oberlin and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence. 

Alexis Schaitkin has published fiction and nonfiction in Southern Review, Southwest Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gastronomica, the New York Times, and Ecotone. She has served as an editor with Meridian. She has taught at the University of Virginia and WriterHouse. She holds an AB from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. 

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, Post Road, the Lifted Brow, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. 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 received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. She holds a BA from American University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

Martha Schulman has published fiction and nonfiction in the The Seattle Review, The Beacon Street Review, Gulf Stream, Jewish Currents, The Kings English and the 2003 Bridport Prize Anthology. She also reviews nonfiction for Publishers Weekly. She has taught at Columbia University and is a writing tutor and humanities instructor at The Cooper Union. She holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MAT from Brown University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

Amy Shearn is the author of the novels The Mermaid of Brooklyn (Touchstone) and How Far is the Ocean From Here (Crown). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, The Millions, Poets & Writers, The L Magazine, Opium, Five Chapters, and she is regular contributor to Oprah.com and RedbookMag.com. She has taught at the University of Minnesota. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. He is a recipient of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has published stories and essays in GuernicaBuzzFeed, and Appalachian Heritage, among many others. Carter has taught at Pennsylvania State University, UNC at Chapel Hill, Eastern Oregon University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He holds a BA from Ohio University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Penn State, and an MA in Folklore from UNC at Chapel Hill.

Hasanthika Sirisena is the author of the short-story collection The Other One (University of Massachussetts Press, 2016) 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 the City College New York. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College New York.

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Skinny and Who By Fire (both Harper Perennial). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalSlate, Salon, O The Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Paris ReviewGQEsquireGlimmer Train Stories, and Southern Review, among other publications, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull). She received a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and is a six-time Moth StorySLAM winner.  She holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.

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.

Elizabeth Stevens is the author of Make Art Make Money (Lake Union Publishing) and the novella Wolf Memoirs (under the name Gordon Ebenezer Gourd), published in Explosion-Proof magazine, and she has published nonfiction in The Awl, Electric Literature and the Rolling Stone website. She has served in an editorial capacity with Electric Literature and Brooklyn Review. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Kingsborough Community College, and St. Francis College. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. 

Jessica Sticklor is the author of the novel Betwixt and Between (Ig Publishing). Her work has appeared in The Paper Nautilus, Open Wide Magazine, Conclave, The Skyline Review, Chiron Review, and Kudzu, among many others. She serves as an editor at The House of Books. She holds a BA from The New School and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College - The City University Of New York.

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.

Arlaina Tibensky is the author of the novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster). Her short fiction and nonfiction have  appeared  in One Story, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Madison Review, and The Dinner Party Download on NPR. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Fiction. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. 

Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey  (Norton). She has published short fiction in poemmemoirstory, Carve Magazine, Obsidian II, and Passages North, as well the anthologies Surreal South, Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists, and Chicken Soup for the SoulShe has taught at Southern Illinois University. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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.

David Yoo is the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Hyperion) and Girls for Breakfast (Delacorte), the middle grade novel The Detention Club (Balzer + Bray), and the essay collection The Choke Artist (Grand Central). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Massachusetts Review, Rush Hour, Maryland Review, and the anthology Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking). He is also a columnist for KoreAm Journal. He has taught at Pine Manor College, Eckerd College, and CU-Boulder. He holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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.