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.
Philip Cioffari

Faculty Profile

Meet Philip Cioffari

Gotham teacher Philip Cioffari is prolific.

A writer with five published novels, a short story collection, and pieces included in publications such as Southern Humanities Review and Playboy, plus numerous scripts and an indie feature film, which won Best Feature Film at the Long Island International Film Expo.

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Serrana Laure Gay

Faculty Profile

Meet Serrana Laure Gay

“Teaching creative writing, watching students absorb and grow,” says Gotham Teacher Serrana Laure Gay, “feels like magic.”

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This was an immensely knowledgeable teacher. She is compassionate and informative, which are two instrumental qualities for someone who educates adults on writing. She held and delivered amazing insight on the industry.

Riakeem Kelley, assistant program specialist

Faculty Excerpts

Saints of the Republic

Saints of the Republic

Chip Livingston
SAN BENITOthe black bird stripped off their feathersthey issued the jubilee of plenary indulgencein eucharistic communion expressing effectsof anxieties intercessed and intersexedthe black bird stripped off their feathersand threw themselves into a thicket of thornsprotected by presence of viper and...
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The Fool and The Magician: A Memoir of Love Told in Tarot Readings

The Fool and The Magician: A Memoir of Love Told in Tarot Readings

Angela Lam
September 1991I wake in the middle of the night to someone pawing my arms. Scrunching my face, I bat my hands, searching for the culprit in the dark.You, my Magician, fumble beneath the sheets.“What are you doing?” I blink and...
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Faculty Articles

N. West Moss

The Perils of Settling Scores in Your Writing

N. West Moss
Readers can feel when they’re being manipulated, and they don’t like it. Make a character too pure, and watch readers revolt. An example of this is the death of Little Nell in Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop. As Oscar...
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Social Media: Does it Really Sell Books

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Most writers I know have a love-hate relationship with social media. I know I do. I love seeing what friends are up to, but I’m often reluctant to do what it takes to post regularly.When my first book, Pen on...