Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Jennifer Marie Brissett is the author of the novels Destroyer of Light (Tor Books) and Elysium (Aqueduct Press), winner of the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation. Her short stories have 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 (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.

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.

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.

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.