Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of thirteen novels for young readers, including Ruby on the Outside, Anything But Typical (both Simon & Schuster), and Nine/Ten: a 9/11 Story (Atheneum). She has also published short stories and personal essays in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer. She has taught at SCBWI, The Unicorn Writers Conference, the Highlights Foundation, and The Fairfield Co. Writer’s Studio. She holds a BA from SUNY Purchase.

Sarah Bruni is the author of the novel The Night Gwen Stacy Died (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, and volunteered as a writer-in-schools in San Francisco and Montevideo, Uruguay. Her translations have appeared in the Buenos Aires Review. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa, an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

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.

Tamara Guirado has published fiction in StoryQuartlerly, Best New American Voices, Rainbow Curve, Comet Magazine, and 580 Split. She has taught at Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She holds a BS from Southern Oregon State University and an MFA from Mills College, and she was a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow at Stanford University.

Pamela Harris created Married by the Hour, a half-hour comedy (Howard Stern Productions) and served as a staff writer for Life on the Line, a one-hour drama (Oxygen Network). She wrote the feature screenplay Grandview, which was selected for the Writers Laba program funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey to encourage script development for women screenwriters. She has also written and optioned feature screenplays. She co-wrote and directed the short film En Route, a selection of the New York Short Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, and the Blackbird Film Festival. She is an award-winning visual artist and has shown her art all over the U.S. She holds a BFA from the Hartford Art School.

Shamar Hill has published short stories, essays, and poetry in The American Reader, Barrelhouse, The Kenyon Review, and the Washington Square Review, among others. He is a Cave Canem Fellow in Poetry and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction. He has taught at New York University, the New School, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and for PEN America. He holds a BA from the New School and an MFA from New York University. 

Stacy Parker Le Melle is the author of the memoir Government Girl (Ecco/HarperCollins) and was the lead contributor to Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath (McSweeney’s). She also chronicles stories for The Katrina Experience: An Oral History Project. She has published nonfiction in in Callaloo, Apogee Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, Entropy, The Butter, Cura, The Atlas Review, and The Florida Review. She served as workshop director and communications director for the Afghan Women's Writing Project and as a writer/researcher for Columbia University’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs. She holds a BA from The George Washington University.

Michael Leviton is the author of the children's picture book My First Ghost (Hyperion). He has published numerous 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' Modern Love column, appeared on the radio program This American Life, and worked as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He guest-lectures at the Parsons Pre-College Academy. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

N. West Moss is the author of the short-story collection The Subway Stops at Bryant Park (Leapfrog Press), and her fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, the New World Review, The Saturday Evening Post, Cahoodaloodaling, The Stockholm Review, Salt,Blotter Magazine, and The Westchester Review, among many others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Salon, The New York Times, Brevity, Memoir Journal, Sou-Wester, Ars Medica, and Hospital Drive Magazine, among others. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and taught at William Paterson University, Montclair State University, and Passaic County Community College. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of Secondary Education from Mercy College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from William Paterson University.

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.

Chris Prioleau has published short nonfiction in The Awl, ZYZZYVA, and Apogee Journal, among others. He has taught at Columbia University, both undergraduate creative writing courses and in the Summer Creative Writing Program for teens, at the Benjamin Banneker Academy, the Brooklyn High School for the Arts, and the Globe Institute of Technology. He is the Development and Communications Manager for the New York Writers Coalition, a founding editor of Apogee Journal, and a current board member of the Wendy’s Subway community writing center in Brooklyn. He holds a BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.

David Rice is the author of the novel A Room in Dodge City (Alternating Current Press). His short fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Black Clock, The Rumpus, Hobart, and the New Haven Review, and his book reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and Salon. He has taught at Harvard University, Brownstone Tutors, and Smith Street Workshop. He holds a BA from Harvard University.

Jacinda Townsend is the author of the novel Saint Monkey  (Norton). Her short fiction has appeared in Auburn Avenue, Callaloo, Carve Magazine, Copper Nickel, Passages North, poemmemoirstory, and Salon, as well in the anthologies Appalachia Now, Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature, Surreal South, and Chicken Soup for the SoulShe has published short creative nonfiction in Al Jazeera English, Smithsonian magazine, and The White Review, and in the anthologies Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Literary Mama, and Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth.  She received a Fulbright Fellowship to Côte d'Ivoire. She has taught at the University of California-Davis, Berea College, Indiana University, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Southern Illinois University, among others. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.