Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Adela Brito has published short stories in Acentos Review, Litbreak Magazine, Hieroglyph, and Moko Magazine, and she is a former fiction editor of The Pinch literary journal. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Underwood, Adelaide Literary Magazine, All About Jazz, c-nf, Counterculture UK, and Storyboard Memphis. 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, as well as a regular contributor to American Libraries Magazine, and the author of The Girlshop Guide to NYC Shopping (Shecky’s Media). Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Kansas City Star, Newsday, NYC&G, NPR, PBS, Retail Dive, Slate, and Zagat. She served as editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Sportswear International magazine, a freelance digital editorial consultant for Rolling Stone, a consulting editor at Women’s Wear Daily, and she is currently the talent booker for the Free Music Fridays series at the American Folk Art Museum. She has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She holds a BA from Boston 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 developmental editor at Dotdash and a freelance copy editor and proofreader. She’s provided editorial services for Grammarly, Indeed, Forbes Councils, and many others. Previously she served as director of contests and conferences at Gotham Writers Workshop 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 stories and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, McSweeney's, Madison Review, Literary Mama, The Dinner Party Download on NPR, and the anthology New Stories from the Midwest 2018 (New American Press). She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.