Rachel Aydt is a writer and part-time Assistant Professor at the New School University in New York City. She spent many years working as an editor and research director in national consumer magazines, including American Heritage Magazine, YM, Cosmopolitan, and CosmoGirl. She’s written personal essays that have appeared in publications that include the Huffington Post, the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, The New York Observer, Parents, Redbook, The New York Post, New York Metro Parents, New Mexico magazine, and CosmoGirl. Her literary essays and fiction have appeared online in The White Review, Broad Street Journal, and the University of Dublin’s HCE Review, Breadcrumbs, and is forthcoming in Post Road. She’s written culture pieces for Time Magazine, Photo District News, Inked, Publishing Perspectives, and Reader’s Digest. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College where she was a Graduate Fellow. While there, she served as Nonfiction Editor of their literary journal, Lumina. She developed and taught a class for the Barnard Pre-college Program called “In Their Footsteps” about finding creative inspiration in an urban landscape, which she’s adapted for an ongoing Freshman seminar at The New School University. She’s the recipient of a grant for creative work from the New School University, and of a fellowship to attend Colgate Writer’s Conference and Kettle Pond Conference. She tweets at @Rachelrooo.
Nkosi Ife Bandele tells stories. He writes for periodicals, stage, TV, and film. His novels The Ape is Dead! (2016), The Beast (2017), and Scott Free (2019) are published by Crimson Cloak Publishing. His most recent short fiction appears in Akashic Books’ Terrible Twosdays series. He is a longtime teacher in the first-year writing program, offering the wildly popular classes Too Cool for School and What’s Love Got to do with It?. A detailed description of his teaching can be found on his Lang Faculty Page and more information about his writing is available on his Facebook fan page.
Elizabeth Bluth is a teaching fellow and writer. She also serves as the Marketing Director for Broad Views on Broadway, a nonprofit theatre company that supports LGBTQIA and POC artists. Her poetry, fiction, and reviews has been featured in Animal Heart Press, The Orange County Register, and Two Sisters Writing and Publishing, and her one-act was recently produced by the Los Angeles Female Playwrights’ Initiative. She has a B.A. in Theatre and Creative Writing from the University of Redlands and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School.
Brie Bouslaugh obtained her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and went on to receive her Master’s degree from Columbia’s School of the Arts Creative Writing Program. After graduating she was awarded a teaching fellowship with Columbia’s first-year writing program and has spent the past seven years working at colleges around New York (including The Fashion Institute of Technology, Medgar Evers College, and the past four years at The New School). Having spent many years working in first-year writing programs, she believes that beginning one’s college career with a strong foundation in communication, both written and spoken, and some rigorous practice in critical thinking is essential no matter the path a student takes. In her courses she is interested in the discourse around contemporary culture, how we use language, and sometimes sports. She lives in Brooklyn with her three dogs.
Olga Breydo received her M.Arch from The Bartlett School of Architecture in London and an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her fiction and nonfiction appear in Slice Magazine, Joyland Magazine, The Cossack Review, Bodega Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, and Cagibi Literary Journal. Her short story “Not a Star” was a finalist in the 2018 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize and her short story “Cherry Preserves” was a finalist in the 2018 New Letters Prize for Fiction. Her critical essay “Nabokov’s Space-time” was longlisted for the 2015 Notting Hill Editions Prize, and her short stories “Torre Flavia” and “Prelude” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her writing and photography can be found at olgabreydo.com.
Christen Clifford is a writer, artist and performer. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Broadly, Vice, Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and in the New York Times-bestselling anthology Women In Clothes. Her work has been shown at The New Museum, Project for Empty Space (where she was a 2018 Feminist in Residence), Postmasters Gallery, Root Division, Knockdown Center, SoHo20, EFA Project Space, Art In Odd Places, Cantinca Tabcaru, Westbeth Gallery, ArtShare LA, PPL and Grace Exhibition Space. She has performed at Joe’s Pub, The Culture Project, PS122, LaMama, and Dixon Place, where she co curates the reading series Experiments and Disorders. She has been the recipient of residencies from Some Serious Business, The Museum of Motherhood, VSC, VCCA, and the Ragdale Foundation, and fellowships from NYFA and NYSCA. She lives in Queens and online at @cd_clifford.
Victoria Collins is a Creative Writing MFA graduate student and teaching fellow. They also maintain a position on the Editorial Board of Teachers & Writers Magazine and have bylines on Bustle, The Daily Dot, and Hippocampus Magazine. When not in a classroom, you can find them in the nearest coffee shop or library, writing, or in their Brooklyn apartment watching Netflix.
Lucas Corcoran is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he completing his dissertation, Translingual Rhetoric. Lucas’s research is focused on rhetoric, sociolinguistics, and bilingualism. At Lang, he has taught writing courses on performativity, existentialism, and authenticity. His most recent publications are “Languaging 101: Translingual Practices for the Translingual Realities of the SEEK Composition Classroom” for the Journal of Basic Writing (36.2) and “Translingualism and ALP: A rhetorical Model for Bordered Latinx Writers” for Bordered Writers: Latinx Identities and Literacy Practices at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (SUNY Press).
Tara FitzGerald is a writer, journalist, translator and educator. She was a staff correspondent for Reuters, based variously in London, Frankfurt, Bonn, Dubai, and Moscow, and also worked as a freelance journalist in Mexico City. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University and a BA in English Literature from Oxford University. Tara is currently working on a nonfiction book about the communities living on the shores of Central Asia’s dying Aral Sea—a phenomenon the U.N. has called “one of the world’s worst environmental disasters.” In 2016, she was awarded the Waterston Desert Writing Prize in recognition of her work on the Aral Sea.
Bret Gladstone received his MFA from Columbia University, where he has taught in the Creative Writing Program. He currently also teaches creative writing at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has taught literature at Medgar Evers College. His music journalism has been published by Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Pitchfork, Spin, and The Associated Press, and his fiction was awarded a fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He is an associate editor of the literary journal Unsaid. Bret lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two dogs.
Jessica Gross’s debut novel, Hysteria, will be published by The Unnamed Press in fall 2020. Her essays, criticism, and articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The Paris Review Daily, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from The New School, a Master’s degree in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University and a Bachelor’s in anthropology from Princeton University.
Haley Hach has been teaching in the First-Year Writing Program for seven years. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has a Master’s in English from Portland State University. She’s published stories in Narrative Magazine, Santa Monica Review, The Saint Anne’s Review, CutBank, Able Muse, 5Chapters, Raritan and others. She’s a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award, finalist for the American Short Fiction contest and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She’s a fellow at Stony Brook’s BookEnd mentorship program, where she is working on a novel. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters and a bunch of dogs.
Scott Korb, the director of first-year writing, has been teaching writing courses and advising seminars at Eugene Lang since 2007, often with a focus on religion, food, music, narrative nonfiction, and the writings of David Foster Wallace. He is the author and editor of several books, including The Faith Between Us (Bloomsbury, 2007), Life in Year One (Riverhead, 2010), Light without Fire (Beacon, 2013), and two academic titles: The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (UNC Press, 2008), winner of the American Historical Association’s J. Franklin Jameson award, and Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). Follow his teaching and writing at his New School teaching portfolio.
Liz Latty is a writer and educator whose work has been featured in The Rumpus, The Establishment, HuffPost, The Feminist Wire, The Wayne Literary Review, Jupiter 88, HOLD: A Journal, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook Split (Unthinkable Creatures Press, 2012) and has received fellowships and grants from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Vermont Studio Center, among others. Her writing was included as a Notable Essay selection in Best American Essays 2017 and nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and the Jackson, Phelan, and Tanenbaum Literary Awards from the San Francisco Foundation. Liz holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and lives in Brooklyn.
Jonathan Liebson is a longtime teacher of first-year writing and an academic adviser at Eugene Lang. His courses focus on short fiction, narrative or personal essays, and issues in contemporary culture. A longer description of his teaching and writing philosophy can be found on his Lang Faculty Page. His most recent work appears in The Atlantic, The Washington Post Sunday Book World, The Texas Observer, and The Chicago Review of Books, and his previous essays, book reviews, and short stories have appeared in Time Out New York, The Georgia Review, American Book Review, Meridian, Passages North, and Harvard Review, and in the anthology Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer (Random House). His writing (and photography) can be found at jonathanliebson.com.
Suzanne Herrera Li Puma
Suzanne Herrera Li Puma is a visual artist as well as scholar in hemispheric arts, critical theory, and feminisms of the global south. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California Berkeley. Her dissertation is entitled In Search of a Language Without Violence: Delicate Perception and Precarious Writing in the Visual Field, 1960-80.
Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, translator, lecturer, painter, photographer, and author. His 500-page co-authored volume Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo Press, 2016), includes hundreds of original poems, recipes, essays, and color photos. Acclaim for his other books includes an SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera/CUNY Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Poetry Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He has also translated books by Pablo Neruda and others. Massimilla has recent work in hundreds of publications from AGNI to Verse Daily. He holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia University and The New School. He has exhibited his paintings in many cities, been interviewed on radio and television, presented papers at numerous conferences, and performed his work at venues ranging from The Natural Gourmet to Carnegie Hall.
Kyle McCarthy’s fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories, American Short Fiction, the Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Everyone Knows How Much I Love You, will be published by Ballantine Books in June 2020.
Tara Menon focuses, in her research and teaching, on problems of religion, experience, and secularization in the European and Indian traditions. She has taught at Cooper Union and Ashoka University and has held fellowships at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
Megan Milks has taught first-year writing, creative writing, literature, and queer, transgender, and (a)sexuality studies at the college level for more than ten years. They are the recipient of the 2019 Lotos Foundation Prize in Fiction Writing. Their first book Kill Marguerite and Other Stories won the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Fiction and was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist. They have also published four chapbooks, most recently Kicking the Baby and The Feels, an exploration of fan fiction and affect. Their critical writing, for which they won a 2014 Critical Hit Award from Electric Lit, has been published in 4Columns, Los Angeles Book Review, and The New Inquiry, among other venues. Their work as editor includes The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013 (Northwestern UP, 2015) and Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014); currently, they edit the Fiction section of The Account.
Miller Oberman completed his Ph.D. in English at the University of Connecticut in 2017, where he studied trans-temporal poetics, translation theory, and Old English poetry. His first book of poems and translations, The Unstill Ones, came out with Princeton University Press in 2017. Miller has recent poems and translations in The London Review of Books, Poetry, and the Boston Review. Miller is also interested in Queer Theory, Science Fiction, and lyric poetry, and teaches poetry workshops with Brooklyn Poets.
jeremy o’brian is a Mississippi-born, Brooklyn-based playwright and educator currently teaching at The New School and New York University. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, jeremy taught in secondary education. Since being named the Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voice in Playwriting under the tutelage of Robert O’Hara(2016), jeremy o’brian has worked professionally with such theatre as Tectonic Theatre, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Athena Theatre Company, Liberation Theatre, and MCC Theater. jeremy is currently a second-year Playwriting MFA candidate at The New School for Drama and holds a Masters in African and African Diaspora Studies from UT-Austin and a BA from Tougaloo College.
David Palmer is a part-time Assistant Professor of writing at the New School University in New York City. He also teaches and tutors writing at New York University in Liberal Studies and the Opportunities Program. A queer intellectual and literary historian by training with a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David’s written work has been published in The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Trans-scripts, and The Committee on LGBT History Newsletter. He also has curated a class project on LGBTQ history in North Carolina, which was featured in outhistory.org.
Rebecca Reilly teaches creative writing at The New School and is a doctoral candidate at The C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center where she is writing a dissertation on repetition in the poetry of Gertrude Stein. She taught for a number of years at The University of Paris, Nanterre, and has taught at The New School, Parsons Paris, as well as Humboldt University in Berlin. Her first book, Repetition, was published by Four Way Books in 2015. The book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was chosen by author Maggie Nelson for a Publishers Weekly round-up of the top books of 2015, as well as reviewed by Nelson as one of six “nonfiction writers to watch” in Vela. It was reviewed in The Boston Globe and selected by poet and author Susan Wheeler as one of her favorite books of 2015 in Princeton Weekly.
Rollo Romig writes and has written in a wide range of customizable shapes and sizes, including theater criticism for The New Yorker magazine, feature stories about India for The New York Times Magazine, general-assignment news reporting for The Cambodia Daily, and essays about religion, culture, Detroit, and other assorted topics for other assorted publications. He also teaches journalism at New York University.
Helen Betya Rubinstein‘s essays and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere, and her opinions in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jewish Currents, LA Review of Books, and The New York Times. She holds M.F.A. degrees in fiction and nonfiction, from Brooklyn College and the University of Iowa, respectively, and has enjoyed working with college writers since 2008.
Bureen Ruffin is a writer and teacher who holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School. She has taught literature, creative writing, and English composition since 2011. Her current courses focus on cultural criticism, personal essay, and memoir. As a writer, her work is fueled by an interest in memory, its role in forming identity, and how one writes that identity. Most recently, she founded a student writers’ workshop for students engaging with race and ethnicity in their work and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award at Pace University. Her work has most recently appeared in Of Note magazine. She is at work on her first book.
Kristi Marie Steinmetz
Kristi Marie Steinmetz earned her MFA in Poetry and MA in Fiction from the University of Washington, and her PhD in English & Writing from Florida State University. She’s been teaching writing, literature, women’s studies, and poetic technique since 2001. Her academic writing courses often focus on cultural memoirs, literacy narratives, visual texts, and identity politics. She enjoys building a global community while exploring NYC with students, colleagues, and alumnae. Her teaching philosophy is “to become what students need” and therefore went back to school, between Summer 2016 and this past December, to earn the Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Language Studies Program at The New School, where she also teaches writing and ESL in Jazz, Mannes, and Lang. She has published work in Poetry Northwest, ducts.org, and Finding Our Way: A Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook (Houghton Mifflin), and most recently, in a forthcoming book, Prairie Sexualities. Currently, her creative projects include publishing a trilogy of auto-fiction, selected poetry, and an anthology of essays, along with a podcast, featuring her undergraduate students.
A.W. Strouse is a medievalist and a poet.