Meet our talented family of teachers—each an accomplished writer and trustworthy guide. Leaf through our faculty bios, profiles, book excerpts, and writing advice articles. You’ll like the people you meet.
Arlaina Tibensky

Faculty Profile

Meet Arlaina Tibensky

Gotham teacher Arlaina Tibensky claims her inner voice is that of a teenager’s. “I really like teenagers,” she says. “They have a very pure energy, a very creative energy. It’s all possibility.”

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Erik Kraft

Faculty Profile

Meet Erik Kraft

By Britt Gambino

Gotham teacher Erik Kraft gets easily interested in things. He’s currently fixated on acting. Before that, it was improv. A couple years before that, it was haiku.
This past winter, Erik decided to vent his frustrations over Boston’s public transportation troubles by writing a haiku a day via Twitter and compiling them on his Tumblr.

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Try to imagine the Lord of the Rings trilogy without Gandalf. That's what my life was like before I met my instructor.

Rois Beal, housewife

Faculty Excerpts

<i>Into the Dangerous World</i>

Into the Dangerous World

Julie Chibbaro
Gotham teacher Julie Chibbaro has recently seen the release of her YA novel Into the Dangerous World (art by JM Superville Sovak). Ror, a New York teenager growing up in the 1970s/80s, has never attended a day of school. She...
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<i>Ruby on the Outside</i>

Ruby on the Outside

Nora Raleigh Baskin
Gotham teacher Nora Raleigh Baskin has just seen the release of her middle-grade book Ruby on the Outside. Eleven-year-old Ruby Danes is about to enter middle school with a big secret: she’s been living with her aunt for the past...
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Faculty Articles

David Ebenbach

Envy Jujitsu

David Ebenbach
You invite me to a banquet in your honor;I bring my own dinner: ash and vinegar. Stephen Dobyns, “Envy” Here’s the truth: Envy is such a consistent part of my writing life that it deserves to have a nameplate on...
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Please Pay Freelancers

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
As a freelance writer, I get my share of sneaky requests for me to do stuff for free. Some of these make sense: appear on a podcast I admire to promote a recent piece I wrote and my upcoming book,...