Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class (Plume and Headline Review UK), and the Maggie Dove series of mystery books (Random House Alibi). She has published short fiction in American Literary Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nebraska Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, anderbo, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and an MFA from Columbia University.

Carole Bugge is the author of the novels The Star of India, (re-released by Titan Press), The Haunting of Torre Abbey (St. Martin's Press), as well as Who Killed Blanche Dubois?, Who Killed Dorian Gray?, Who Killed Mona Lisa? (all with Berkely Prime Crime for the Claire Rawlings mystery series), and, under the pen name C.E. Lawrence, Silent Screams, Silent Victim, Silent Kills, and Silent Slaughter (a thriller series from Kensington Publishing). Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies from St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, and the Mystery Writers of America. Her plays and musicals have been presented regionally and in New York City. She has taught at NYU, Duke University, the Royal Court Repertory Theatre, and the American Comedy Institute. Carole holds a BA from Duke University.

Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels Villainous (Knopf), Powerless (Yearling), The Dead Gentleman (Yearling), among others. 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.

Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novels Some Other World, Maybe (St. Martins), Family and Other Accidents (Random House) and 100 Days of Cake (Atheneum Books for Young Readers). 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.

Brendan Halpin is the author of the novels Dear Catastrophe WaitressLong Way Backand Donorboy (all by Villard); the memoirs Losing My Faculties and It Takes a Worried Man (both by Villard);  and the author or co-author of eight young adult novels, including Forever Changes  (by Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom (Walker Books) and A Really Awesome Mess (Egmont USA) . He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Teaching from Tufts University. 

Masha Hamilton is the author of five novels: 31 Hours, What Changes Everything, and The Distance Between Us (all Unbridled Books), The Camel Bookmobile (HarperCollins), and Staircase of a Thousand Steps (BlueHen/Penguin Putnam Publishing Group). As a journalist, she worked for the AP in Israel, as the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and she wrote a column on Moscow for U.S. newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald. She is the founder of the Afghan Women Writers Workshop, and is formerly the Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. She holds a BA from Brown University.

Thaïs Miller is the author of the novel Our Machinery and the short story collection The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (both Brown Paper Publishing). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Nautilus, Bleak House Review, AmLit, and the anthology  Lethal Rejection (Carolina Academic Press). She holds a BA from American University and an MA in Creative Writing for Social Activism from NYU. 

Jessica Penner is the author of the novel in stories Shaken In The Water (Foxhead Books), and her short fiction has appeared in Lost Writers, in the anthology Tongue Screws and Testimonies (Herald Press). Her nonfiction has been published in the Bellevue Literary ReviewThe FiddlebackLuna Luna, Rhubarb, and The Center for Mennonite Writing Journal. She has taught at James Madison University and the Long Island Business Institute. She holds a BA from Eastern Mennonite University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.

David Rice is the author of the novel A Room in Dodge City (Alternating Current Press). He has worked as a screenwriter for filmmakers Simon Pummell and Douglas Blumeyer, and his short fiction has appeared in Black Clock, The Rumpus, Hobart, and the New Haven Review, among many others. His book reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and Salon. He has taught undergraduates at Harvard University, and young writers at Brownstone Tutors and Smith Street Workshop. He holds a BA from Harvard University.

Lev AC Rosen is the author of the novels Woundabout (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and All Men of Genius (Tor). 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. 

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Skinny and Who By Fire (both Harper Perennial). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalSlate, Salon, O The Oprah Magazine, CNN Living, Paris ReviewGQEsquireGlimmer Train Stories, and Southern Review, among other publications, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (W.W. Norton) and True Tales of Lust and Love (Counterpoint/Soft Skull). She received a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University and is a six-time Moth StorySLAM winner.  She holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.

Jessica Sticklor is the author of the novel Betwixt and Between (Ig Publishing). Her work has appeared in The Paper Nautilus, Open Wide Magazine, Conclave, The Skyline Review, Chiron Review, and Kudzu, among many others. She serves as an editor at The House of Books. She holds a BA from The New School and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College - The City University Of New York.

Katherine Taylor is the author of the novels Valley Fever and Rules For Saying Goodbye (both Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Elle, The New York Times, Ploughshares, ZYZZYVA, Southwest Review, Town and Country, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. She holds a BA from USC and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

Arlaina Tibensky is the author of the novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster). Her short fiction and nonfiction have  appeared  in One Story, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Madison Review, and The Dinner Party Download on NPR. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Fiction. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University.