Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Edward Einhorn is the author of the picture books A Very Improbable Story and Fractions In Disguise (both Charlesbridge), and the middle-grade novels The Living House of Oz and Paradox In Oz (both Hungry Tiger). He's the artistic director of Untitled Theater Company #61, and his plays have been produced widely, including: The Marriage of Alice B Toklas By Gertrude Stein (Jermyn Street Theater), The Neurology of the Soul (ART), Doctors Jane & Alexander (HERE Arts), City of Glass (New Ohio), The Velvet Oratorio (Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center), Fairy Tales of the Absurd (Theater 80), and Unauthorized Magic in Oz (St. Ann’s Warehouse). He directed the feature film The Last Cyclist, and wrote the audio drama podcasts: The Resistible Rise of J. R. Brinkley and The Iron Heel. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Libretto Writing from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Shahnaz Habib is the author of the nonfiction book Airplane Mode (Catapault, forthcoming), and the translator of the novel Jasmine Days, for which she and the author Benyamin won the JCB Prize, India's most valuable prize for literature. Her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker online, Creative Nonfiction, Agni, Brevity, The Guardian, and Afar. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, and her work has been cited in the Best American Essays series. She holds a BA from Mahatma Gandhi University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School.

Kenji Jasper is the author of the memoir The House on Childress Street (Harlem Moon), and the novel Dark (Broadway Books), a Los Angeles Times and Washington Post bestseller. His nonfiction has appeared on National Public Radio, and in Essence, Ebony, VIBE, and Bad Yogi,. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Florida, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the College Success Foundation. He holds a BA from Morehouse College. 

Blaise Allysen Kearsley is the creator, producer, and host of the How I Learned storytelling series, and has performed stories for The MOTH, Risk!, The Soundtrack Series, and Literary Death Match. She is a contributing editor to the Vestal Review, and her photography and essays have appeared in Longreads, the Boston Globe, Electric Literature's the Nervous Breakdown, Elle, New York, Gothamist, VICE, Gawker, Playbill, Midnight Breakfast, and The Weeklings. She has contributed to the anthologies Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) and Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, And Abandoned Rock Operas (Crown Archetype). She holds a BA from Bennington College.

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.

Michael Leviton is the author of the memoir To Be Honest (Abrams Press) and the children's picture book My First Ghost (Hyperion). He has published illustrated paperbacks for Scholastic's READ 180 Literacy Program, and has worked as a celebrity picture book ghostwriter at HarperCollins. He has contributed music to the HBO series Bored To Death, published nonfiction in the New York Times and The Atlantic, appeared on the radio program This American Life, and worked as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He is the founder of The Tell, a storytelling/music series. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

Francesca Ochoa has published short stories and nonfiction in MAKE: A Literary Magazine; Perigree, and Aorta. She is the author of chapbooks Love/Smut and the art book Pictograph, and she has served as editor at Apogee Journal and Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art. She has taught at NY Writers Coalition and the Benjamin Banneker Academy. She holds a BA from the University of California-San Diego and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

Betsey Odell is the author of the novel Deep Water (Sapphire Books) and the essay “Naked in Bohemia” in the anthology Travelers Tales Prague and the Czech Republic (Travelers’ Tales Guides). Her nonfiction has appeared in Preserving Your Memory magazine, of which she was editor-in-chief, and Yellow Rat Bastard. She has taught at Randolph-Macon College. She holds a BA from Randolph-Macon College.

Stacy Pershall is the author of the memoir Loud in the House of Myself  (W.W. Norton), selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program, and her work is included in the anthologies Lost and Found (W.W. Norton) and Spent (Seal Press). She has taught at Writopia, Pratt Manhattan, City College of New York, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She holds a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performance Art from the University of Cincinnati.

Christine Reilly is the author of the novel Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday (Simon & Schuster), and the poetry chapbooks Too Animal, Not Enough Machine (Sundress Publications) and Mano a Mano: Or Relationship Neither Here Nor There (Shoe Music Press). She has written young adult e-books for the Sh! Pass It On series (Palindrome Media). Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Adirondack Review, Brooklyn Review, FriGG, and Lifelines. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Dalton School, and the Collegiate School. She holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MFA in English from Sarah Lawrence College.

Alanna Schubach is the author of the novel The Nobodies (Blackstone Publishing). Her short stories have appeared in Sewanee Review, Massachusetts Review, Juked, and Electric Literature's Recommended Reading. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The NationJacobin, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, and the LA Review of Books. She has taught at the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, the College Readiness Program, the Westchester County Department of Corrections, and Girls Write Now. She holds a BA from American University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

Arlaina Tibensky is the author of the novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster). Her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, McSweeney's, Madison Review, Literary Mama, The Dinner Party Download on NPR, and the anthology New Stories from the Midwest 2018 (New American Press). She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.