Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Rita Chang-Eppig is the author of the novel Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). Her short fiction has been selected for Best American Short Stories and published in Midnight Breakfast, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Rumpus, Clarkesworld, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Santa Monica Review, Conjunctions, and the Kenyon Review Online, among others. She received a Steinbeck Fellowship from the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, and she has taught for the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She holds a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Fiction from New York University.

Holley Cornetto is the author of the novella We Haunt These Woods (Bleeding Edge Books), and her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Flame Tree Press Newsletter, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Collective Realms Magazine, among many others. Her stories have been anthologized in A Woman Built by Man (Cemetery Gates Media), AFTER: A Post-Apocalyptic Survivor Series (Eerie River Publishing), and Banned (Black Hare Press), among others. She writes the Horror Tree's weekly newsletter, is a regular reviewer for Booklist, Ginger Nuts of Horror, and the Horror Tree, and she has taught at Southern New Hampshire University, Passaic County Community College, and the County College of Morris. She holds a BA from William Paterson University, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and an MFA in Fiction from Lindenwood University.

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 stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Missouri Review, One Story, and Tin House. 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 has been regular contributor to Shouts & Murmurs in the New Yorker 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.

Ananda Naima González has published short fiction in BOMB, Catapult, Lampblack, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and the Southern Review, and her nonfiction has appeared on PEN America and in Man Repeller. She has worked for The Wylie Agency, Hachette Book Group, and as a writing mentor for the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance. She has taught at Armory College Prep, New York University, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She holds a BA in Poetry and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

Varud Gupta is the author of the graphic novel Chhotu: A Tale of Partition and Love and the nonfiction travel memoir Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan: Food of the Gods (both Penguin Random House). His food and travel articles have appeared in National Geographic and America's Test Kitchen, among others, and his short graphic fiction has appeared in Comixense and Inklab. He has worked as head of originals for the production studio Resting Kitsch Face, and taught for the Indian Institute of Art and Design. He holds a BS from New York University.

Cleve Lamison is the author of the science fiction novel Full-Blood Half-Breed (Penguin Random House), and he is a contributing writer to Suvudu.com, a science fiction and fantasy blog at Random House. He is a staff writer for the television show Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy (Urban Movie Channel), and he wrote and directed the feature film Following Bliss, which won Best Feature Film at the Global Arts International Film Festival. His short film "The Story" won the Denver World Film Festival, and his short film "Jack for President" was a runner-up in the New York 24-Hour Filmmaking Contest. He was the artistic director of the BlackBird Theatre Company in NYC; created, wrote, and drew the cartoon strip Rick the Roach for the Richmond News Leader; and is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. He holds a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ken Liu is the author of the Dandelion Dynasty series of fantasy novels (Saga Press), and his short story “The Paper Menagerie” is the first to win the Nebula, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy awards. He is the author of the short story collections The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (both Saga Press), and of the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Disney LucasFilm Press). He is the editor and translator of the anthologies Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, and Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (both Tor Books). His short story “Good Hunting” was adapted as an episode of the television series Love, Death + Robots (Netflix), and several of his short stories have been adapted into the series Pantheon (AMC). He holds a BA from Harvard University.

Carolyn MacCullough is the author of the young adult novels Falling Through Darkness, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age, Stealing Henry, Drawing the Ocean (all Roaring Brook Press)and the fantasy Witch series (Graphia). She has taught at the New School. She holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School.

Robert Repino is the author of the science fiction War With No Name series (Soho Press), the middle-grade fantasy Spark series (Quirk Books), and the novellas Leap High Yahoo and Free the Man (Kindle Singles). His short stories have appeared in Literary Review, Coachella Review, Wild Violet, Juked Nickel Steak, Knee Jerk, Night Train, Hobart, Ghoti, Furnace Review, and Word Riot. He is an editor with the Oxford University Press anda regular contributor to Tor.com. He holds a BA from St. Joseph’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Michaela Roessner is the author of the science fiction novels The Stars Compel, The Stars Dispose, Vanishing Point (all Tor Books) and the fantasy novel Walkabout Woman. Her short stories have appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, OMNI Magazine, Strange Plasma, Room Magazine, and the anthologies Conqueror Fantastic, Intersections, and Full Spectrum2. She has taught at the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and Western State Colorado University. She holds a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine/Stonecoast Creative Writing program.