Brooklyn College English Department
Master of Fine Arts Program

Brooklyn College ImageJulie Agoos, professor and coordinator of the Poetry Program; MA, Johns Hopkins. Agoos publishes widely in journals and is the author of three collections of poems, Property (Ausable/Copper Canyon, 2008), Calendar Year (Sheep Meadow, 1996) and Above the Land (Yale University Press, 1987), for which she won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.

Anselm Berrigan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently the book-length poem Notes from Irrelevance, published by Wave Books in 2011. Other titles include Free Cell (City Lights, 2009), Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006), and Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002). Skasers, a book jointly-written with poet John Coletti, will be published in 2012 by Flowers & Cream. He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail (, and a member of the subpress publishing collective. From 1998-2007 he worked for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in various capacities, including a stint as Artistic Director from 2003-2007. He's also co-chair of Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, Bard College's interdisciplinary summer MFA program. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College in 1998.

Robin Black’s story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this (Random House, 2010) received international acclaim from publications such as O. Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Irish Times, among others. Robin’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Southern Review, The New York Times Magazine, One Story, The Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Freight Stories, Indiana Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. I (Norton, 2007). She is a recipient of grants from the Leeway Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Sirenland Conference and is also the winner of the 2005 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition in the short story category. She was the 2012-13 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bryn Mawr College; her first novel, Life Drawing, is forthcoming from Random House in Spring 2014. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

Rebecca Chace is the author of Leaving Rock Harbor (Scribner); an “Editor’s Choice” New York Times Book Review, also a June Notable Book/Indie Pick by the ABA (American Booksellers Association) and a finalist for the 2010 New England Book Award.  Her first book, a memoir, Chautauqua Summer, was a New York Times Book Review “Notable Book”, as well as “Editor's Choice" and "Picks for Summer"; Rebecca is also the author of the novel, Capture the Flag, and her essay, “Looking for Robinson Crusoe” (Fiction Magazine) was nominated for a Pushcart prize and a Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories, 2010Capture the Flag wasadapted for the screen by Ms. Chace and director, Lisanne Skyler, and received the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award at the 2010 Nantucket Film Festival. The film is currently screening at national and international film festivals. Also a playwright, her plays include: Colette (Theatre for the New City), an adaptation of Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, produced by Book-It Repertory Theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre; with a second production at Seattle Rep. in June, 2005. Ms. Chace received a grant from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and A.S.K. Theatre Projects in Los Angeles as part of the FringeACT festival for her play Vershinin’s Wife. She has received fellowships and/or been a guest artist with New York Theatre Workshop, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

Erin Courtney's plays include Demon Baby, Summer Play, Downwinders, Owls, Quiver and Twitch, and have been produced or developed by Clubbed Thumb, The Public Theater, The Flea, The Actors' Theater of Louisville, The Vineyard and BRIC, and Soho Rep. She has been a resident at the MacDowell colony, a recipient of a NYSCA grant and a MAP Fund grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Her play Demon Baby is included in the anthology New Downtown Theater edited by Mac Wellman and Young Jean Lee (University of Minnesota Press). She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of 13P, as well as the co-founder of the Brooklyn Writer's Space.

Jonathan Dee is the author of six novels, including A Thousand PardonsPalladio, and The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a National Magazine Award-nominated literary critic for Harper's,  a former senior editor of The Paris Review, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Wendy Fairey is the author of One of the Family (Norton 1992), a family memoir, and Full House (Southern Methodist University Press), a collection of linked stories that centers on a women's poker game.  At Brooklyn College since 1985, she teaches a range of courses on nineteenth-to twenty-first century English and Anglophone literature, especially ficiton and also the writing of creative nonfiction.  She is interested in women's studies and also the genres of biography, memoir and autobiography.  Her current work-in-progress is a memoir of personal reading.

Julia Glass is the author of the novels Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction; The Whole World Over; and The Widower’s Tale. Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning. Julia lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel The Torn Skirt (HarperCollins), a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under the Bridge (Simon & Schuster), a work of literary reportage about the murder of a 14-year-old girl, was featured in GQ and Rolling Stone, and is being adapted for feature film. She is the recipient of The James Silberman and Selma Shapiro Fellowship from Yaddo and two grants from the Canada Council. She holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University. 

Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Bee Season, Wickett's Remedy, and The False Friend.  Her short stories have appeared in Harper's  and she is an occasional contributor to NPR.  She teaches at various MFA programs and leads writing workshops in and around NYC.

David Grubbs, associate professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, has released eleven solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings.  He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers such as Susan Howe and Rick Moody, and with visual artists such as Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, Cosima von Bonin, and Stephen Prina.  His work has been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.  Grubbs was a founding member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and directs the Blue Chopsticks record label.  He is currently completing the book Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording for Duke University Press. Grubbs was a 2005-6 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and has been called one of two “Best Teachers for an Indie-Rocker to Admire” in the Village Voice and “le plus Français des Américains” in Libération.  He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago.

Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection The View from Stalin’s Head (Random House, 2004), also nominated for a Violet Quill Award. His next book, a novel titled Faith for Beginners (Random House, 2005), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.  His writing has appeared in Poets and Writers, Tin House, Details, The Village Voice, The Forward, and Out.  He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, as well as residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Currently he teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU, and the Stonecoast MFA Program.

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven (HarperCollins, 2013) and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award (for debut fiction) and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award (for an outstanding book by a New England author), and have been published in sixteen languages. Her short stories have been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and many other places.

Colin Harrison is the author of seven novels, the newest of which, Risk, was published in Fall 2009. His books have appeared in about a dozen languages and a number of them have been selected as Notable Books by the New York Times Book Review. He was an editor at Harper’s for twelve years, the last six of them as deputy editor. Since 2001 he has been a vice president and senior editor at Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, where he edits both fiction and non-fiction.

Joshua Henkin, professor and coordinator of the Fiction Program, is the author of the novels Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book; Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book; and The World Without You, which was named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune and was the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." His reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere.

Lisa Jarnot is the author of four books of poetry and a biography, Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus (University of California Press). Her Selected Poems 1992-2012 is forthcoming from City Lights in 2013. 

Heidi Julavits is the author of three novels, most recently The Uses of Enchantment, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2006. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's, Esquire, Zoetrope, McSweeney's, The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. 

Joshua Kendall is an executive editor at Little Brown, where he serves as the editorial director of the Mulholland Books imprint. He has published the work of Ron Carlson, Stewart O’Nan, and Keith Gessen, and the bestselling suspense novelists Tana French, Charlie Huston, and Jasper Fforde, among others. He was also the editor of the social history Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning and, most recently, the national bestseller Moby-Duck.

Anne Landsman is the author of the novels The Rowing Lesson and The Devil’s Chimney. The Rowing Lesson was awarded South Africa’s two top literary awards--the 2009 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and South Africa’s 2009 M-Net Literary Award for English fiction--and was shortlisted for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. Award nominations for The Devil’s Chimney include the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She has contributed essays to the anthologies Touch, An Uncertain Inheritance and The Honeymoon’s Over, and has written for numerous publications including The Washington Post, The American Poetry Review, The Believer, The Guardian and The Telegraph. Born in South Africa, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Ben Lerner, Associate Professor, is the author of three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), Angle of Yaw (2006), and Mean Free Path (2010), all published by Copper Canyon Press. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and a Howard Foundation Fellow. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie for the German translation of The Lichtenberg Figures. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (Coffee House, 2011) won The Believer Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. It was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and New York Magazine, among many others. His recent criticism can be found in Art in America, boundary 2, and Critical Quarterly, where he also serves as poetry editor. 

Fiona Maazel is the author of a novel, Last Last Chance. She is a 2008 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and winner of the Bard Prize for fiction in 2009. Her new novel, Woke Up Lonely, publishes in April 2013 from Graywolf Press. 

Alice Mattison’s recent novel, When We Argued All Night, is her sixth; she is also the author of four collections of stories and a book of poems. Several of her novels and story collections have been New York Times Book Review Notable Books or Editors’ Choices. Twelve of her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, and other short fiction and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Ecotone, and other publications. Two short stories and two essays have been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize; her stories have also appeared in PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories.  Her website is

Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, was born in Ethiopia and raised in Illinois. He graduated from Georgetown University and received his MFA degree from Columbia University. His fiction and journalism have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal. Mengestu was chosen for the 5 under 35 Award by the National Book Foundation in 2007 and was named on The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list in 2010. He is also the recipient of a Lannan Fiction Fellowship, The Guardian First Book Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Prix du Premier Meilleur Roman Etranger, among other awards. He is the author of three novels: All Our Names (2014), a New York Times Editors’ Choice book, and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2008) and How to Read the Air (2010), both New York Times Notable Books. His work has been translated into more than fifteen languages.

Ernesto Mestre is the author of two novels, The Lazarus Rhumba and The Second Death of Unica Aveyano. His fiction has been collected in various anthologies, including Best American Gay Fiction 1996, A Whistler in the Nightworld: Short Fiction from the Latin Americas, and Cubanisimo!: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature.

Meera Nair's debut collection, Video, received the Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction in 2003. She has published fiction in The Threepenny Review and Calyx, and in the anthology Charlie Chan is Dead. She is at work on her first novel, which will be published by Pantheon.

Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s ReachA Good Hard Look was published in July 2011, and was an Indie Next Pick, an Okra Pick and spent several weeks on the Southern independent bestseller list. Her nonfiction has been published in Poets & Writers and The Millions. She received her MFA from New York University, and lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

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. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer, and Conjunctions. 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. She has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University, and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Baruch College, Vassar College, Boston University, and the University of California at Irvine, among others. She has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and of several other writers’ conferences across the country.

Jenny Offill's novel, Last Things, was chosen as a notable or best book of the year by the New York Times, the Village Voice and the Guardian (U.K) and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award. She is also the editor, along with Elissa Schappell, of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She has written one children's book, 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, and has two more forthcoming from Random House. She received a NYFA fellowship in fiction in 2008 and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 1991 to 1993. Her flash fiction is featured in the new anthology, Long Story Short (UNC-Press, 2009).

Julie Orringer is the author of a novel, The Invisible Bridge, and an award-winning story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, which was a New York Times notable book and was named Book of the Year by the LA Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and The Washington Post, and have been widely anthologized; she has received fellowships from the New York Public Library, Stanford University, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She lives in Brooklyn, where she is working on a new novel.

Richard Pearse, professor; PhD., Columbia. Pearse's poems and stories have been published in The Paris Review, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Fiction, and almost fifty other journals. A collection of his poetry, Come Back Vanishing, was published by Linear Art Books in fall 1998. His book, Private Drives: Selected Poems 1969-2001, appeared in October 2001. In 1996 he won the Chester H. Jones Award for poetry.

Helen Phillips is the author of the novel-in-fables And Yet They Were Happy (Leapfrog Press, 2011), which was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, a finalist for the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize, and declared a notable collection of 2011 by The Story Prize. Her second book, Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green (Random House Children’s Division/Delacorte Press, 2012), is a children’s adventure novel, and has been published internationally as Upside Down in the Jungle (Chicken House UK, 2012; Chicken House Germany, 2013). She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, The Iowa Review Nonfiction Award, the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Award, the Meridian Editors’ Prize, and a Ucross Foundation residency. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts in Fall 2012. She has been published in Tin House, BOMBMississippi Review, and PEN America, among many others. A graduate of Yale and the Brooklyn College MFA program, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College. Named one of the Breakout Brooklyn Book People of 2011 by The L Magazine, Helen (born and raised in Colorado) now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their baby girl.

Irina Reyn is the author of the novel What Happened to Anna K, which won the Goldberg Prize for Emerging Authors, was an Indiebound Indie Next Pick, and one of Entertainment Weekly's "Ten Best Books of the Year." She is also the editor of the nonfiction anthology Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. Her short stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in One Story, Tin House, Poets & Writers, Post Road, Town & Country Travel, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Forward, as well as other publications and anthologies. She has received fellowships from Sewanee and Wesleyan writers' conferences as well as residencies at Hedgebrook and Ledig House.

Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor’s Tongue, a novel. He lives in Brooklyn and is the fiction editor of The Paris Review. On the web he can be reached at

Christine Schutt is the author of two short story collections, Nightwork and A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer.  Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award finalist; her second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.  She has published fiction in such magazines as Harper’s, The Kenyon Review, NOON, and Post Road.   Among other honors, Schutt has twice won the O.Henry Short Story Prize, as well as a Pushcart Prize, a New York Foundation of the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships.  Schutt has been a writer-in-residence at the University of California-Irvine, Hollins, Syracuse, and Washington University.  She has also taught in writing programs at Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, and Barnard.   She lives in New York.

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Ploughshares, n+1, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. Her new book, Still Writing: the Pleasures and Perils of the Creative Process will be out in 2013.

Rob Spillman is editor and co-founder of Tin House, an eleven-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. Tin House has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies, and was nominated for the 2010 Utne Magazine Independent Press Award for Best Writing. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its seventh year. His writing has appeared in BookForum, Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was published in 2009.

Darcey Steinke is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury, 2007, New York Times Notable) and the novels Milk (Bloomsbury, 2005), Jesus Saves (Grove/Atlantic, 1997), Suicide Blonde (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992), and Up Through the Water (Doubleday, 1989, New York Times Notable). With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown, 1997). Her books have been translated into ten languages. Her novel Milk was translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her nonfiction has appeared, among other places, in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Review, Vogue, Spin Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian. Her web-story “Blindspot” was a part of the 2000 Whitney Biennial. She has been both a Henry Hoyns and a Stegner Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught most recently at Columbia School of the Arts and Barnard.

Catherine Texier is the author of four novels, Chloé l'Atlantique, Panic Blood, Love Me Tender, and Victorine, and a memoir, Breakup. She was coeditor of the groundbreaking literary magazine Between C and D and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. Her latest novel Victorine won ELLE Magazine's 2004 Readers' Prize for Fiction. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in such places as the New York Times, Newsday, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, Marie-Claire, More, Cosmopolitan, Bookforum, and She has recently completed her fifth novel, Russian Lessons, excerpts of which are included in the anthology Mr. Wrong (Ballantine, 2007) and on She is at work on a new memoir. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She lives in New York City.

Marian Thurm is the author of three short story collections and six novels; her novel The Clairvoyant was a New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Michigan Quarterly, Boston Review, Ontario Review, Greensboro Review, Mississippi Review, Redbook, Seventeen, Ms., and many other magazines, and have been included in Best American Short Stories and numerous other anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Yale, Columbia, Barnard, and the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence.

Hannah Tinti is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, 
for which she won the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing. Her story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. Recently, she joined the award-winning public radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator.

Ellen Tremper, professor and chair of the English Department; Ph.D., Harvard. Specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British poetry and fiction, she has published many articles on Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and children's literature and is the author of "Who Lived at Alfoxton?": Virginia Woolf and English Romanticism (Bucknell University Press) and I'm No Angel: The Blonde in Film and Fiction, which was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2006.

Josh Weil is the author of the novella collection The New Valley (Grove, 2009), a New York Times Editors Choice and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; the New Writers Award in Fiction from the Great Lakes Colleges Associaton; and a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation.  Weil’s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Granta, American Short FictionNarrative, and Glimmer Train, among others; he has written non-fiction for The New York TimesGranta Online, and Poets & Writers.  Since earning his MFA from Columbia University, he has received a Fulbright grant, a Writer’s Center Emerging Writer Fellowship, the Dana Award in Portfolio, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences.  As the 2009 Tickner Fellow, he is the writer-in-residence at Gilman School in Baltimore, where he is at work on a novel.

Marjorie Welish, Distinguished Lecturer, is the author of several books of poetry, the most recent of which is In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy (Coffee House Press, 2012). Others include: Windows Flew Open (Burning Deck, 1991), Casting Sequences (University of Georgia, 1993), The Annotated "Here" and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2000), Word Group (Coffee House Press, 2004), and Isle of the Signatories (Coffee House Press, 2008). Annotated "Here" was an Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist and a Village Voice Best Book of the year. A noted art critic, she is also the author of Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Other publications include “The Art of Being Sparse Porous, Scattered,” in Writing the Image after Roland Barthes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997).  Among her literary and artistic honors, Ms. Welish has received Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowships for stays at the Goethe University and at Edinburgh College of Art, the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship at Brown University, the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A conference on her writing and art, produced at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, resulted in the 300-page book, Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Books, 2003). In 2009, Granary Books published Oaths? Questions?, a collaborative artists' book by Marjorie Welish and James Siena.

Mac Wellman, professor and coordinator of the Playwriting Program; MA, University of Wisconsin. His recent work includes The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (Montclair, 2006) and 1965 UU (Chocolate Factory, 2008). His most recent collection of plays is The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Four other collections of his plays have been published: The Bad Infinity and Cellophane (PAJ/Johns Hopkins University Press), and Two Plays and The Land Beyond the Forest (Sun & Moon). He has written a volume of stories, A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (Trip Street Press, 2008), as well as three novels: Q’s Q (Green Integer, 2006), Annie Salem (Sun & Moon 1996), and The Fortuneteller (Sun & Moon, 1991). His recent books of poetry are Miniature (Roof Books, 2002), Strange Elegies (Roof Books, 2006), and A Shelf in Woop's Clothing (Sun & Moon, 1990). In 1997 he received the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. In 2003 he received his third Obie, for lifetime Achievement (Antigone, Jennie Richee and Bitter Bierce all cited). In 1990 he received an Obie (Best New American Play) for Bad Penny, Terminal Hip and Crowbar. In 1991 he received another Obie for Sincerity Forever. He has received numerous honors, including both NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2004 he received an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. He is the Donald I. Fine Professor of Playwriting at Brooklyn College. Currently, he is working on two plays for chorus: The Invention of Tragedy (Classic Stage Company) and Nine Days Falling (Stuck Pigs Company, Melbourne, Australia). 

Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings (forthcoming, 2013) and Touch. He is published in the United States by W. W. Norton & Company, and in Canada by Knopf Canada. Touch has been published or is forthcoming in a dozen countries and ten languages. Touch was shortlisted for The 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award, The Center for Fiction’s 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the 2011 First Novel Award, and was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Alexi’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Walrus, and many other publications. He is the winner of both the O. Henry Prize (jury favorite) and the Narrative Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. Alexi is a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College low residency MFA program. He has taught creative writing at Cornell University, where he received his MFA, and at the Rutgers-Camden Writers' Conference, and has been a teaching fellow at the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan University writing conferences.