Faculty

Senior Faculty


                        
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E. L. Doctorow
E. L. Doctorow's novels include Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, The Waterworks, City of God, The March, and Homer & Langley. Read more...

                        
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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 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 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 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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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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Amy Hempel
Amy Hempel is the author of four short story collections, Reasons to Live (1985), At the Gates of The Animal Kingdom (1990), Tumble Home (1997), and The Dog of the Marriage (2005). Read more...

Distinguished Poets-in-Residence


                        
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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 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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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...

                        
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Charles Simic
Charles Simic has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, among them Jackstraws, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times; Walking the Black Cat, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; A Wedding in Hell, Hotel Insomnia, The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Selected Poems: 1963-1983 and Unending Blues. Read more...

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Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Last Usable Hour,Orchidelirium, and The Uses of the Body (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2015). Read more...

Graduate Faculty 2014-15


                        
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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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Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn has been attracted to disparate source material over her nine collections of poetry—whether Flaubert’s sex-tour in The Unbearable Heart, an exhumation in The Artist's Daughter or classical Japanese forms in The Narrow Road to the Interior. 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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Nick Laird
Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Nick Laird was educated at Cookstown High School and Cambridge University. He is the author of the novels Utterly Monkey and Glover's Mistake, and three books of poems, Go Giants, To a Fault and On Purpose. Read more...

                        
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Deborah Landau
Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Last Usable Hour,Orchidelirium, and The Uses of the Body (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2015). 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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Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles is the author of eighteen books, most recently Snowflake/different streets (poetry, 2012), Inferno (a poet's novel) (2010), now available in her own voice from iTunes and The Importance of Being Iceland. 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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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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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...

                        
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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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Hannah Tinti
Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. 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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Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead is the author of five novels and two books of nonfiction. His most recent book is The Noble Hustle, his account of the 2011 World Series of Poker. 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 2014-15


                        
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Jeffery Renard Allen
Born and raised in Chicago, Jeffery Renard Allen is Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York and an instructor in the graduate writing program at The New School and the low-residency MFA writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read more...

                        
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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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Jo Ann Beard
Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, and In Zanesville, a novel. 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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Charles Bock
Charles Bock is the author of the novel Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and notable book of the year, and won the Sue Kaufmann Prize for best first novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 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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Arda Collins
Arda Collins is the author of It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. 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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Adam Fitzgerald
Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poetry from W. W. Norton's historic Liveright imprint. 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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Jennifer Gilmore
Jennifer Gilmore is the author of the novels Golden Country, Something Red, and The Mothers (2013), which is currently being adapted for film. Her fourth novel, We Were Never Here, is forthcoming in June 2016. 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. 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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Jocelyn Lieu
Jocelyn Lieu is the author of a 9/11 memoir titled What Isn't There: Inside a Season of Change and a collection of stories, Potential Weapons. Read more...

                        
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Ada Limón
Ada Limón is the author of three collections of poetry, Sharks in the Rivers, This Big Fake World, and Lucky Wreck. 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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Fiona Maazel
Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance (FSG, 2008) and a former managing editor of the Paris Review. 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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John Murillo
An afro-chicano poet and playwright, John Murillo is the current Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (2010) and the choreo-play, TRIGGER Read more...

                        
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Leigh Newman
Leigh Newman is the author of Still Points North: An Alaskan Memoir (Dial Press, 2014) which was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize. 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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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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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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Elissa Schappell
Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls, which was chosen as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and O Magazine. 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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Christopher Sorrentino
Christopher Sorrentino is the author of several books, including the National Book Award finalist Trance, and The Fugitives, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. 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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Justin Taylor
Justin Taylor is the author of Flings , The Gospel of Anarchy and Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever. 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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Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead is the author of five novels and two books of nonfiction. His most recent book is The Noble Hustle, his account of the 2011 World Series of Poker. Read more...

                        
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Adam Wilson
Adam Wilson is the author of the novel Flatscreen, forthcoming from Harper Perennial in February 2012. He is the Editor of the international online newspaper, The Faster Times. Read more...

                        
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Joanna Yas
Joanna Yas has been the editor of Open City, a literary journal and book publisher, since 1999. Previously, she held positions at Ploughshares, Grand Street, Pakn Treger, and Zoetrope, and is a co-founder of Editrixie, an editorial services company. 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...