Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the co-founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist, and co-author of the nonfiction book Sexy Feminism  (Mariner Books) and author of the nonfiction books Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted  (Simon & Schuster) and Why? Because We Still Like You (Grand Central Publishing). She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and she has written for Glamour, SalonA.V. Club, Details, O, New York‘s Vulture, as well as numerous daily newspapers. Her work is included in the anthologies Altared and Coffee At Luke's. She holds a BS from Northwestern University.

Andrew Collins has served as editor and writer on more than 200 guidebooks for Fodor’s Travel Publications, including the Arizona, Caribbean, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest titles. He has also written for Moon Handbooks, and contributed to a number of Zagat guides. He has served as editor-in-chief of the travel/lifestyle magazines OutAlohaand OutCity Northwest. He’s the expert “guide” on gay and lesbian travel for About.com, and has written for Orbitz.com, Travel + Leisure, The Advocate, Sunset, New Mexico Magazine, and various AAA publications. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

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 holds a BA from Antioch, an MS in Education from Fordham, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the New School. 

Alison Stein is the culinary travel editor for About.com, as well as a contributor to Perceptive Travel and the USA Today Travel Alliance. She has published articles and essays in the Atlantic Monthly’s Food Channel, Business Traveler, BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, Luxist, Men’s Journal, Money, Mother Jones, New York Magazine, Psychology Today, Robb Report, Sierra Magazine, The Smart Set, The Street, the Toronto Star, US Air magazine, the Washington Post, and World Hum. She is the author of the books Like Riding a Bike: On Learning as an Adult (Curious World Books), Americans at Play, and Best of Health (both New Strategist), and her work is included in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 (Traveler’s Tales). She holds a BA from Cortland College.