Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

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.

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. 

Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novels Some Other World, Maybe (St. Martins) and Family and Other Accidents (Random House). 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.

John Kachuba is the editor of How to Write Funny (F & W Publications), Why Is This Job Killing Me? (Dell), Ghosthunters, Ghosthunting Ohio, and Ghosthunting Illinois (Emmis Books and author of the e-books Shantok (Amazon) and Dark Entry (Amazon). His nonfiction and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including: Tin House, Connecticut Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poets & Writers, and America's Civil War. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. He holds a BA from Sacred Heart University and Mas in Creative Writing from both Antioch University and Ohio University.

Scott LaCounte is the author of the humor memoir Quiet, Please (Da Capo Books). He has published humor pieces in McSweeney's, The Door, Campus Life, Morning News, Pacific Review, and Orange County Register. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, and an MLIS in Library Science from San Jose State University.

Kurt Opprecht is the author of two novels Playing with Fire and Baikal as well as the nonfiction satire The Billionaire's Manifesto (Babylon Moon Media). He has written articles and essays for such publications as the New York Times, the Economist, TimeOut New York, Glamour, World Art, PDN, Women's Own, the New York Sun, Look Japan, Tokyo Journal, Honeymoon, Endless Vacation, Wired, Swoon, and MinorityInterest. He is the editor of the satirical book Billionaires for Bush: How to Rule the World for Fun and Profit (Thunder's Mouth Press). He holds a BA from Reed College and a BS from Southern Utah 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.

Nelsie Spencer is the author of the novel The Playgroup, (St. Martin’s Press), and the optioned screenplay A Girl's Best Friend. She co-wrote the feature film Valley Inn, which debuted at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. She wrote, produced, and co-hosted the radio show The Radio Ritas, (Greenstone Media). She co-wrote and starred in the play My Heart Belongs To Daddy, produced at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorothy Lyman’s A Director’s Theater in Los Angeles, and at Duke University’s Pre-Broadway series, among others, and her one-woman show Goodbye Cream played at the When I’m 34 Festival in Los Angeles. She studied dance and theater at Orange Coast College, acting at New York's The Neighborhood Playhouse, and fiction at The New School. 

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.