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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.
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.
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 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, Joyland Retro, The Cossack Review, and Bodega Magazine. Her critical essay “Nabokov’s Space-time” was longlisted for the Notting Hill Editions Prize in 2015, and her short story “Torre Flavia” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a staff reader for Epiphany literary journal. Her writing and photography can be found at olgabreydo.com.
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 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.
Alison Kinney is the author of a book of cultural history, HOOD (2016), published by Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series. She writes a column at The Paris Review Daily on the art and artifacts of opera fandom. Her writing on culture, history, music, and social justice has also appeared online and/or in print at The New Yorker, Harper’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, The New York Times, Longreads, The Guardian, The Atlantic, L.A. Review of Books, VAN Magazine, and other publications. For Catapult she teaches an online “getting started” bootcamp for blocked and frazzled writers ranging from newbies to journalists and authors.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Shobha Rao, the 2018 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow, moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She is the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman, and the novel, Girls Burn Brighter.
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 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.
Danielle Rouse is a poet from Washington, D.C., in SPE’s Creative Writing MFA Program. She is a First-Year Writing teaching fellow focusing on the universal intersection of music and language.
Alizah Salario is the Arts & Culture editor at a community newspaper in Manhattan. Her reporting, essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Narratively, Pacific Standard, Slate, at the Poetry Foundation and elsewhere. She holds degrees from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Claremont Graduate University and Pitzer College. Prior to pursuing a writing career, she taught the International Baccalaureate diploma program at an international school in Istanbul. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Joshunda Sanders is the author of four books, including The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans, All 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 Sixfold, Bellevue 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, LitHub, Kirkus 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.
Kristi Marie Steinmetz
Kristi Marie Steinmetz earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and her PhD in English from Florida State University. She’s been teaching first-year writing, literature courses, and poetic technique since 2001. As an educator and a colleague, she increasingly enjoys building community among students and creatives in New York City and globally. Her undergraduate courses often focus on cultural memoirs, desire narratives, visual texts, and identity politics. She has published work in Poetry Northwest, ducts.org, and Finding Our Way: A Writing Teacher’s Sourcebook (Houghton Mifflin). Along with teaching at The New School and New York University, she will graduate this Fall 2018 with her TESOL Certification. She recently completed a three book series on girlhood, wifehood, and motherhood. Her current writing projects include a chapter on rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder for the forthcoming book Prairie Sexualities and a new manuscript of collected and developing poetry.
A.W. Strouse is a poet and a medievalist.