Faculty

Senior Faculty


                        
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                        Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa's numerous books of poems include Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999; Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Read more...

                        
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                        Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds is a previous director of the Creative Writing Program at NYU. Her first book of poetry, Satan Says, received the San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Read more...

                        
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                        Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. Read more...

Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence


                        
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                        Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the bestselling novels Everything Is Illuminated, named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the winner of numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a book of non-fiction Eating Animals. Read more...

Distinguished Fiction Writers-in-Residence


                        
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                        Martin Amis
Martin Amis
Martin Amis is the author of numerous novels including Money and London Fields, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories, and six collections of nonfiction—most recently The Zone of Interest. He has been awarded the Somerset Maugham Award for best first novel as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Read more...

                        
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                        Nathan Englander
Nathan Englander
Nathan Englander is the author of the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank as well as the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). Read more...

                        
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                        Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and The Gravedigger's Daughter. Read more...

Distinguished Poets-in-Residence


                        
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                        John Ashbery
John Ashbery
In spring 2009, poet John Ashbery joined the program to lead a series of non-credit graduate master classes. Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, on July 28, 1927. He is the author of more than twenty books of poetry. Read more...

                        
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                        Anne Carson
Anne Carson
Anne Carson is an internationally acclaimed writer. Her books of poetry include Nox (2010), Decreation (2005), The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (2001), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry... Read more...

                        
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                        Terrance Hayes
Terrance Hayes
Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin, 2006), Hip Logic(Penguin, 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). Read more...

                        
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                        Edward Hirsch
Edward Hirsch
Edward Hirsch has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Read more...

Director


                        
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                        Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Read more...

Graduate Faculty 2016-2017


                        
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Catherine Barnett
Catherine Barnett is the author of The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press), winner of the 2012 James Laughlin Award, and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books), winner of the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Read more...

                        
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John Freeman
John Freeman, writer and literary critic, was the editor of the literary magazine Granta until 2013, as well as the former president of the National Book Critics Circle. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub. His writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world Read more...

                        
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Rivka Galchen
Rivka Galchen is the prize-winning author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances, the short story collection American Innovations and the miscellany on mothering and literature, Little Labors. Read more...

                        
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Marie Howe
Marie Howe, the current New York State Poet, is the author of three volumes of poetry: The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1988); and What the Living Do (1998)... Read more...

                        
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Major Jackson
Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (2010, Norton); Hoops (2006, Norton); and Leaving Saturn (2002, University of Georgia Press). Read more...

                        
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Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body and The Last Usable Hour, both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Read more...

                        
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David Lipsky

David Lipsky is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine.  His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Magazine Writing, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. Read more...


                        
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Rick Moody
Rick Moody is the author of the novels The Four Fingers of Death, Garden State, which won the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award, The Ice Storm, Purple America, and The Diviners. Read more...

                        
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Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writer's Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. Read more...

                        
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Meghan O'Rourke
Meghan O'Rourke is the author of the memoir The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 2011) as well as the poetry collections Once (2011) and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain's Forward First Book Prize. Read more...

                        
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Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, for which he won a Whiting Writers Award, the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry and the PEN/Osterweil Prize. Read more...

                        
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Matthew Rohrer
Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, and A Plate of Chicken. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Read more...

                        
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Darin Strauss
Darin Strauss is the author of the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002." Read more...

                        
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Chuck Wachtel
Chuck Wachtel is the author of the novels Joe The Engineer , winner of the Pen/Hemingway Citation, The Gates, and 3/03, as well as a collection of stories and novellas: Because We Are Here. Read more...

                        
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Rachel Zucker
Rachel Zucker is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents. Along with poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker co-edited two anthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. Read more...

Undergraduate Faculty 2016-2017


                        
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Catherine Barnett
Catherine Barnett is the author of The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press), winner of the 2012 James Laughlin Award, and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books), winner of the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Read more...

                        
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Marie-Helene Bertino
Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the short story collection Safe As Houses and the forthcoming novel 2 AM at the Cat's Pajamas. Read more...

                        
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Marcelle Clements
Marcelle Clements' most recent novel is Midsummer. Her other books include The Dog Is Us, Rock Me, and The Improvised Woman. Read more...

                        
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Michael Dickman
Michael Dickman is the author of two books of poems, The End of the West, and Flies, both published by Copper Canyon Press. Read more...

                        
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Elaine Equi
Elaine Equi’s latest book is Click and Clone from Coffee House Press. Her other collections include Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems, The Cloud of Knowable Things, Surface Tension, Decoy, and Voice-Over, which won the San Francisco State Poetry Award. Read more...

                        
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Miranda Field
Miranda Field was born and raised in London, England. Her first book, Swallow, won a Katharine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Award in Poetry... Read more...

                        
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Robert Fitterman
Robert Fitterman is the author of nine books of poetry including: Metropolis XXX: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, winner of the Small Press Traffic "Book of the Year Award" in 2003, and Metropolis 1-15, which received the Sun & Moon “New American Poetry Award” in 2000. Read more...

                        
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George Foy
George Foy is the author of eleven published novels and two nonfiction books, his latest being Zero Decibels. His most recent novel, The Art and Practice of Explosion, won... Read more...

                        
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Elizabeth Gaffney
Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of two novels, Metropolis and When the World Was Young (forthcoming in July 2014 from Random House), and many short stories. Read more...

                        
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Jean Gallagher
Jean Gallagher is the author of This Minute (winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press), Stubborn (winner of the FIELD Prize from Oberlin College Press), and Start (Oberlin College Press). Read more...

                        
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Aracelis Girmay
Aracelis Girmay is the author of two collections of poetry: Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011), winner of the Isabella Gardner Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Teeth (Curbstone Books, 2007), which won a GCLA New Writers Award. Read more...

                        
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David Groff
David Groff's book Clay (Trio House Press, 2013) was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louise Bogan Award. His first book Theory of Devolution (University of Illinois Press, 2002) was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series. Read more...

                        
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Ann Hood
Ann Hood is the author of eight novels, most recently, The Knitting Circle. She has also written a memoir, a book on the craft of writing, and a collection of short stories. Read more...

                        
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Mira Jacob
Mira Jacob is the author of the novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random House). She is the co-founder of the much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the city’s sweetest stage. Read more...

                        
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Katie Kitamura
Katie Kitamura is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. Read more...

                        
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Maria Laurino
Maria Laurino is the author of the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian?, an exploration of ethnic identity. Read more...

                        
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Sharon Mesmer
Sharon Mesmer's fiction collections are Ma Vie à Yonago (in French translation from Hachette Littératures, 2005), In Ordinary Time and The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose 2005 and 2000). Poetry collections are The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose, 2008) and Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008)... Read more...

                        
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Brian Morton
Brian Morton is the author of the novels The Dylanist, Starting Out in the Evening, finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award, A Window Across the River, and most recently Breakable You. Read more...

                        
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Angelo Nikolopoulos
Angelo Nikolopoulos is the author of Obscenely Yours (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award and finalist for a 2014 Lambda Literary Award.His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Best New Poets 2011, Boston Review, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. Read more...

                        
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Geoffrey Nutter
Geoffrey Nutter is the author of four books of poems: The Rose of January, Christopher Sunset, Water's Leaves & Other Poems, and Summer Evening. Read more...

                        
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Meghan O'Rourke
Meghan O'Rourke is the author of the memoir The Long Goodbye (Riverhead, 2011) as well as the poetry collections Once (2011) and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain's Forward First Book Prize. Read more...

                        
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Julia Pierpont
Julia Pierpont is the author of the bestselling novel Among the Ten Thousand Things (Random House, 2015). For years she worked in the editorial department of The New Yorker and has been a contributor to that magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Guardian, among others. Read more...

                        
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Ariana Reines
Named one of Flavorwire's 100 best living writers and "a crucial voice of her generation" by Michael Silverblatt, Ariana Reines lives in Queens, mostly. Her books include The Cow (Alberta Prize, 2006), Coeur de Lion (2007),Mercury (2011), A Sand Book (2017), from FENCE, and The Origin of the World (2014) from Semiotext(e). Read more...

                        
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Matthew Rohrer
Matthew Rohrer is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, and A Plate of Chicken. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks. and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Read more...

                        
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Jess Row
Jess Row is the author of the widely acclaimed novel Your Face in Mine (2014) and two collections of short stories, The Train to Lo Wu (2005) and Nobody Ever Gets Lost (2011). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Granta, Tin House, n+1, and three times in The Best American Short Stories. Read more...

                        
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Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the short story collection Brief Encounters With the Enemy and the memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free. Read more...

                        
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Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. Read more...

                        
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Irini Spanidou
Irini Spanidou is the author of three highly acclaimed novels: Fear, God’s Snake, and, most recently, Before. She has taught creative writing at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College. Read more...

                        
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Darin Strauss
Darin Strauss is the author of the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002." Read more...
Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor has written on movies, books, popular culture and politics for a variety of publications including The New York Times, Salon.com, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Dissent, The Nation, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Lapham's Quarterly and others. Read more...

                        
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Craig Morgan Teicher
Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2007), chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry; a collection of short stories and fables called Cradle Book (BOA Editions, 2010); To Keep Love Blurry: Poems (BOA Editions, 2012); and the chapbook Ambivalence and Other Conundrums (Omnidawn, 2014). Read more...

                        
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Clifford Thompson
Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013 for Love for Sale and Other Essays, published by Autumn House Press—which will publish his memoir, Twin of Blackness, in 2015. Read more...

                        
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Maria Venegas
Maria Venegas is the author of Bulletproof Vest, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and Ploughshares. She has also written for The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn. Read more...

                        
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Chuck Wachtel
Chuck Wachtel is the author of the novels Joe The Engineer , winner of the Pen/Hemingway Citation, The Gates, and 3/03, as well as a collection of stories and novellas: Because We Are Here. Read more...

                        
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Wendy Xu
Wendy Xu is the author of Phrasis (Fence, 2017), winner of the 2016 Ottoline Prize, and You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013). The recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, A Public Space, and widely elsewhere. Read more...

                        
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Joanna Yas
Joanna Yas was the editor of Open City Magazine & Books for over a decade. She is editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review and executive editor of West 10th, and is on the editorial board of The Literary Review. Read more...

                        
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Rachel Zucker
Rachel Zucker is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents. Along with poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker co-edited two anthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. Read more...

                        
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Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative magazine, and a Pushcart Prize. Read more...