Current Faculty

Nancy Agabian

Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher, and literary organizer, working in the spaces between race, ethnicity, cultural identity, feminism, and queer identity. She is the author of a poetry and performance collection, Princess Freak, and a memoir, Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter. Her recent novel “The Fear of Large and Small Nations” was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction. Nancy’s essays and articles have been published in Hyperallergic, The Margins, Kweli, The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere. A college writing instructor for 15 years, and a community writing workshop facilitator for nearly 25, she currently teaches at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo. With writers Amy Paul and Meera Nair she coordinates a bimonthly reading and activism series, Queens Writers Resist.


Nkosi Ife Bandele

Nkosi Ife Bandele is a storyteller who has worked as journalist and has written for stage, TV, and film. His novels The Ape is Dead! (2016), The Beast (2017), and Scott Free (forthcoming 2018) 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.


Danis Banks

Danis Banks attended Brown, the University of Montana, and New York University. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MA in Humanities and Social Thought. She has taught at the University of Montana, Rutgers, the City University of New York, NYU, and in NYU’s Prison Education Program (PEP), at Wallkill Correctional Facility. Since 2010, she has also taught for NYU’s Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP). Danis lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Nina Boutsikaris


Nina Boutsikaris is the author of I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2019). Her nonfiction has appeared in Third Coast, Fourth Genre, Entropy, Redivider, The Los Angeles Review, The Offing, Hobart, Brevity, and elsewhere, and her work was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She has taught creative writing and first year writing at University of Arizona, where she earned her MFA in creative nonfiction, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and was awarded a 2016 Peter Taylor Fellowship at The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. In June 2017 she was a writer-in-resident at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.


Olga Breydo

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


Cole Cohen

Cole Cohen is the author of Head Case (Henry Holt, 2015) and a featured contributor for Entropy. Her writing on neurodivergence has appeared in Vogue and The Atlantic. She holds an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts.


Lucas Corcoran


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


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

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

Jessica Gross’s 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.


Shahnaz Habib

Shahnaz Habib is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her translation of Malayali writer Benyamin’s Jasmine Days won the 2018 JCB Prize for Indian Literature. Shahnaz’s fiction, essays and criticism have been published in Agni, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Guardian, The New Yorker online, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Caravan, Afar, and other magazines.


Scott Korb


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.


Jonathan Liebson

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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 AtlanticThe 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 ReviewAmerican 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


Stephen Massimilla


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

Kyle McCarthy is the author of the novel Everyone Knows How Much I Love You, forthcoming in 2020 from Ballantine Books. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories 2017, the Southwest Review, American Short Fiction, the Harvard Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Tara Menon

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.


M./Megan Milks

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M./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 author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Feels, an exploration of fan fiction and affect published by Black Warrior Review. Their critical writing, for which they won a 2014 Critical Hit Award from Electric Lit, has been published in Los Angeles Book Review, The New Inquiry, and 4Columns, 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

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, is forthcoming this fall from Princeton University Press. Miller has recent poems and translations in The London Review of BooksPoetry, and the Boston Review. Miller is also interested in Queer Theory, Science Fiction, and lyric poetry, and teaches poetry workshops with Brooklyn Poets.


Brenda Ray

Brenda Ray, writer, singer, poet, and storyteller, is an internationally touring artist from Boise, Idaho, and an MFA student the New School in creative nonfiction. Her memoir essay “The Most Beautiful Thing” won Seattle’s Arksey Essay Contest and her spoken word album, The Blue Room, was awarded an invitation to England’s Glastonbury Festival. Her work has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Yahoo Beauty, Acrobat, The Lingual Journal, and Four Chambers Press. Brenda’s work has also been heard by SoFar Sounds New York, The National Endowment of the Arts’ Poetry Out Loud, Boston’s Cantab Lounge, The Seattle Grand Slam, The National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Chicago’s Girl Radio, Radio Boise, and many many more places. Brenda has taught and performed in schools, community centers, prisons, homeless shelters, colleges, and universities across the country. She currently resides in New York, New York, where she is working on a collection of essays on church and growing up in rural Idaho.


Rebecca Reilly


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

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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.


Joshunda Sanders

Joshunda Sanders is the author of four books, including The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for OrphansAll City (2016) and How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2015). Her short fiction has appeared in SixfoldBellevue Literary Review and the anthology All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, Village Voice, LitHubKirkus Reviews and Longreads, among others. In 2018, the Bronx Council on the Arts awarded her the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award for Excellence in Fiction. She has also been a resident or scholarship recipient at Hedgebrook, VONA/Voices Workshop and the Key West Writers Seminar. She is currently writing a picture book and her first YA novel. She lives in the Bronx, where she grew up.


Emily Skillings

Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” as well as two chapbooks, Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found in PoetryHarper’sBoston ReviewBrooklyn RailBOMBHyperallergicLitHub, and jubilatSkillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017, and has taught creative writing at Yale University, Parsons School of Design, Poets House, the 92nd Street Y, and through Brooklyn Poets.


A.W. Strouse

A.W. Strouse is a poet and a medievalist.