Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Bruce Cherry is a writer and performer for The Final Edition/The Final Edition Radio Hour and has been a producer, staff writer, or contributing writer for the Late Late Show on CBS, Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, The Randi Rhodes Show, Air America Radio, and Jest Magazine. He is a contributor to Air America: The Playbook (Rodale Books) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes (Alpha Books/Penguin), and was a featured columnist for City Scoops magazine. He has written humor for celebrities and politicians, including a U.S. President. He has also written for several animated web series, including The God & Devil Show. He holds a BA from Penn State University.

Carter 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. 

Dave Hanson has been a staff writer and producer for the television shows Chelsea Lately (E!) and Inside College Football (CBS Sports), a staff writer for the television show Gene Pool, and a writer and performer on the web series The Shorts Show. His stage play Waiting for Waiting for Godot was published by Oberon Books, was a selection of the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won the Overall Excellence in a Play award, and was produced by The Hub Theatre in Boston, the Loud Mouth Collective in Minneapolis, and Libby Brodie Productions at St. James’ Theatre in London, among others.  His short play Café d’Automatique is included in the Best 10-Minute Plays anthology (Smith & Kraus) and the Collective: 10-Play Anthology, and it’s been produced for the Nylon Fusion This Round’s On Us Short Play Festival, among many others. He’s taught at Emerson College, The New York Film Academy, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He has studied at the Oxford School of Drama and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Whittier College.

John Kachuba is the author of 12 books, including the novels Dark Entry and The Savage Apostle (both Sunbury Press) and the nonfiction books Shapeshifters: A History (Reaktion Books), Ghosthunting Ohio,  Ghosthunting Illinois, (both Clerisy Press), and Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers, and Other Investigators of America's Paranormal World (New Page Books). He is the editor of the anthology How to Write Funny (F & W Publications), and he is the series editor of the America's Haunted Road Trip books for Clerisy Press. His short humor, fiction, and nonfiction 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.

Joselin Linder is the author of the memoir The Family Gene (Ecco/Harper Collins), and co author of the nonfiction books The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill), Game-Based Marketing (Wiley and Sons), and The Good Girl’s Guide to Living in Sin: The New Rules for Moving in With Your Man (Adams Media). She is also co-author of the humor books The Stoned Family Robinson (Adams Media) and The Purity Test: Your Filth and Depravity Cheerfully Exposed by 2,000 Nosy Questions (St. Martin’s Press). Her journalism and essays have appeared in Elle, This American Life, NPR’s Morning Edition, StoryCollider, Life of the Law, and The New York Post, among many others. She holds a BA from Tufts University.

Nelsie Spencer is the author of the novel The Playgroup, (St. Martin’s Press), and the feature 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) and hosts the podcast Losing It. 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, 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, 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.