Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Adela Brito has published short fiction in The Acentos Review, Hieroglyph, and Moko Magazine, among others, and she is a former fiction editor of The Pinch literary journal. Her short nonfiction, arts reviews, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Writer’s Digest, Adelaide Literary Magazine, All About Jazz, c-nf, Counterculture UK, and Storyboard Memphis, among others. She has taught at the University of Memphis and Nashville State Community College. She holds a BA from Florida International University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Memphis.

Lara Ewen is the U.S. market report columnist for Rapaport Magazine, a regular contributor to Newsday, and the author of The Girlshop Guide to NYC Shopping (Shecky’s Media). Her nonfiction has appeared in American Libraries magazine, the Boston Phoenix, Budget Living, the Kansas City Star, the New York Times, NYC&G, PBS, Retail Dive, Slate, Teen magazine, and Zagat, among many others. She is a former digital editorial consultant at Rolling Stone, former consulting editor at Women’s Wear Daily, and former editor-in-chief of Sportswear International magazine. She has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the Free Music Fridays Coordinator for the American Folk Art Museum. She holds a BA from Boston University.

Corie Hengst has served as a contributing copy editor for Adweek and Penguin Random House, and has written business and finance content for Bankrate, Chief Investment Officer magazine and ShoeFitts Marketing, among others.  She has held editor positions with the magazines Plan Adviser, Plan Sponsor, and American Salon. She has also written white papers, newsletters and blogs, and has ghostwritten and edited business books. Corie holds a BA from Missouri State University.

Stacy Pershall is the author of the memoir Loud in the House of Myself  (W.W. Norton), selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and her work is included in the anthologies Lost and Found (W.W. Norton) and Spent (Seal Press). She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, City College of New York, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.

Steph Spector is a copy editor for Forbes Councils and Treehugger. Previously she served as director of contests and conferences at Gotham and managing editor of the Roanoke Review. She holds a BA from Roanoke College.

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 holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.