Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Zaina Arafat has published short fiction in Granta and the Iowa Review, and her essays and articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The BelieverBuzzfeed, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and on NPR’s Tell Me More. She has worked for The International Writing Program, Italia 7 Public Television, and The New Yorker magazine. She has taught at Project Pen in Jordan, the Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp in Lebanon, and at the University of Iowa. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestselling Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything; a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted; and Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love (all Simon & Schuster). She served as senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, and she has written for many publications, including BBC Culture, The New York Times Book Review, Vice, New York magazine, and Billboard. She also speaks about pop culture history and creativity. She holds a BS from Northwestern University.

Jennifer Marie Brissett is the author of the novels Eleusis (Tor Books, forthcoming) and Elysium (Aqueduct Press), winner of the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantastic Stories, Morpheus Tales, The Future Fire, FIYAH Magazine, Terraform, Thaumatrope, Uncanny Magazine, and Halfway Down The Stairs, and been anthologized in Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead (OR Books) and Warrior Wisewoman 2 (Norilana Books). She holds a BS from Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

Matthew Cody is the author of many middle-grade books: The graphic novel Zatanna & the House of Secrets (DC Comics, forthcoming); the Secrets of the Pied Piper series, comprised of the novels The Peddler's Road, The Magician's Key, and The Piper's Apprentice, (all Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers); the Supers of Noble's Green series, comprised of the books Powerless, Super, and Villainous(all Knopf); and the novels The Dead Gentleman (Yearling) and Will in Scarlet (Knopf). He is also the author of the young-adult novels Shadows and Dreams and Slow Fade (both Serial Box Publishing). He has published pieces in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at Laguardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.

Seth Fried is the author of the novel The Municipalists (Penguin) and the short-story collection The Great Frustration (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint). His short fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Missouri Review, One Story, and Tin House, among many others. His work has been anthologized in the Better of McSweeney’s and the Pushcart Prizes XXV: The Best of the Small Presses, and twice named a Distinguished Story by the editors of the Best American Short Stories series. He is a regular contributor to Shouts & Murmurs in the New Yorker magazine and to NPR's Selected Shorts. He has worked as an assistant editor at the Mid-American Review. He holds a BA from Bowling Green State University.

Jaime Karnes has published fiction and nonfiction in Granta, Storyglossia, Willard & Maple, HTMLGIANT, PopMatters and TransLit Magazine. She is an Editor-at-Large in fiction at The Utopian. She has taught at Rutgers and Essex County College. She holds a BA from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark University.

Kirsten Imani Kasai is the author of the novels The House of Erzulie (Shade Mountain Press), Ice Song, which was a Barnes & Nobel Feature Pick, and Tattoo, (both Random House). Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Transition Magazine (Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University), Arts & Letters, Existere Journal of Arts and Literature, Drunk Monkeys, Disturbed Digest, Body Parts Magazine, The San Diego Reader, and Pretty Owl Poetry, among many others. Her essays and articles have appeared in The American Journal ofEconomics and Sociology, Re-Discover MSN—San Diego, About Town Magazine, and Annotation Nation, as well as the anthologies My Cruel Invention (Meerkat Press) and The Body Horror Book (Oscillate Wildly Press). She has worked as the managing editor of San Diego Family Magazine, and taught at San Diego State University, Emporia State University, and Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a BA from Ashford University and an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. 

Sarah Langan is the author of the novels Audrey's Door (Harpers), The Missing (Harpers), and The Keeper (HarperTorch). She has also written radio plays as well as numerous short stories and essays. She has received three Bram Stoker Awards and is a founding board member for the Shirley Jackson Award. She served as an advisor for Columbia University's MFA program. She holds a BA from Colby College, an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, and a Master's in Environmental Toxicology from NYU.

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.

Lev AC Rosen is the author of the novels Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) (Little, Brown), Depth (Regan Arts), and All Men of Genius (Tor), and the middle-grade novels The Memory Wall (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers), and Woundabout (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). He has published short fiction in Esopus and written for Tor.com. He has taught at the Oberlin Experimental College. He holds a BA from Oberlin and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence.