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.
Mo Krochmal

Faculty Profile

Meet Mo Krochmal

By Britt Gambino

Gotham teacher Mo Krochmal is a self-proclaimed hybrid: a combination of old-school journalism chops with the digital savvy of a Millennial.
 
He founded the consultancy/strategy firm, Social Media News NY in 2011, with the intention that it would exist solely on Facebook. But, Mo points out, “As we all know, the rules of Facebook have drastically changed in that short amount of time.” The company no longer shows all of an individual’s or organization’s posts to all of his or her friends or followers. Once that happened, Mo built a website to compensate. Today, socialmedianynews.com constantly imports from various social media channels—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flipboard, to name a few. And the most impressive part? Mo maintains the site by himself.

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Leigh Michaels

Faculty Profile

Meet Leigh Michaels

By Britt Gambino

Gotham teacher Leigh Michaels wrote her first romance novel when she was fourteen-years-old. “What I knew about love and relationships back then could have fit on a postage stamp—and have room for the grocery list,” she says. Today, Leigh has more than 35 million copies of her romance novels in print, in 120 countries, in 25 languages.

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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>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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<i>Twin of Blackness</i>

Twin of Blackness

Clifford Thompson
Gotham teacher Clifford Thompson has just seen the release of his memoir Twin of Blackness. It’s a coming-of-age story, but told through the lens of jazz, art, and the ever-changing American identity. National Book Award winner Charles Johnson calls the...
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Faculty Articles

Megan Kruse

The Questions That Made Me a Writer

Megan Kruse
I was eighteen when I met my friend Katie at a summer camp in Washington. I must have been doing some work then, but even now it seems that my main occupation was trying to romance the other counselors, to...
Tony Conniff

How to Keep Focus in a Lyric…Or Not

Tony Conniff
Recently I heard some talented students record a song that I’ve always liked, and still do—“If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” by Sting. Great groove, strong chorus, interesting and unexpected chord changes and, as is usually the case...