Full-Time Faculty

Laura Elrick - Sabbatical Fall 2020

Laura Elrick’s most recent book is Propagation (Kenning Editions, 2012). Previous works include two books, Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School, 2005) and sKincerity (Krupskaya, 2003), and several experimental performance works, Blocks Away (2010), Stalk (2008), and 5 Audio Pieces for Doubled Voice (2005).

James Hannaham -  Leave Fall 2020

James Hannaham holds an MFA from The Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His fiction has been published in Open City, The Literary Review, Nerve.com, and elsewhere. His first novel is God Says No (McSweeny’s, 2009). He has published criticism and profiles in The Village Voice, Spin, Vibe, Us, Out, Interview, and Salon.com, where he is a staff writer. He has received a NYFFA Fellowship in Fiction and numerous residencies, including Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, and Fundación Valparaíso.


Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is the author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America. The first volume of a planned trilogy on African-Americans and utopia (Harlem, Haiti, and the Black Belt of the American south), it was a New York Times Notable Book of 2011, a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, and cited by BOOKFORUM as the "Best New York Book" written in the twenty years since the magazine's founding. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Chimurenga, Bidoun, A Public Space, Creative Time Reports, Harper's, Essence, and Vogue, among many others. She has received grants and awards from Creative Capital, the Whiting Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. Her 2015 book for young readers Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence a Young Artist in Harlem (commissioned by MoMA and illustrated by Christopher Myers) was named by Booklist among the year's top books about art for children. Rhodes-Pitts organizes projects through The Freedwomen's Bureau, gathering collaborators across the fields of visual art, music, theater, film, and education to produce events at venues like Harlem Stage, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The New Museum, PS 1 / MoMA, and public spaces in Harlem. Photograph by Marcus Werner.

Christian Hawkey - Sabbatical Fall 2020

Christian HawkeyChristian Hawkey is the author of The Book of Funnels (Verse Press, 2004). His poems, art criticism, and nonfiction have appeared in such magazines as frieze, the Colorado Review, American Letters + Commentary, Volt, the Denver Quarterly, the American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, and Conjunctions. In 2000 he founded and continues to co-edit the international poetry journal, jubilat.

Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt is the author of The Dark Dark: Stories, and three novels. Mr. Splitfoot is a ghost story. The Invention of Everything Else is about the life of inventor Nikola Tesla. The Seas, Hunt’s first novel, was republished by Tin House Books in 2018. Hunt is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize and she was a finalist for the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner. Hunt has been published by the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Guardian and a number of other fine publications.


Rachel Levitsky is the author of the book length serial poems Under the Sun (Futurepoem 2003) and NEIGHBOR (UDP 2009), as well as five poetry chapbooks. Her prose publications include Renoemos (Delete Press 2010) and a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem 2011); she is co-curator of Belladonna Series. Four mini-essays on The Poetics of Confinement can be found online at the Poetry Project Blog.

Ellery Washington

Ellery Washington holds a DEA in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne University, in Paris, France. He is the author of Buffalo, a novel forthcoming with Creston Books, a recipient of a PEN Center West Rosenthal Award, and Fellowship and an IBWA Prize for short fiction.


Part-Time Faculty


MacGregor Card is a poet, translator and bibliographer living in Jackson Heights, NYC. His first collection, Duties of an English Foreign Secretary, is just out from Fence (December 2009). A new chapbook, The Archers, is forthcoming from Song Cave. With Andrew Maxwell he was co-editor of The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research, from 1997-2005. He is an associate editor of the MLA International Bibliography.


Gabriel Cohen’s debut novel Red Hook was nominated for the Edgar award for Best First Novel, and he is also the author of the novels The Ninth StepThe Graving DockBoombox, and Neptune Avenue, and the nonfiction book Storms Can’t Hurt the Sky. He has written journalism and essays for The New York TimesPoets & WritersTime Out New YorkGourmet.comShambhala Sun, and other publications.

David Gordon

David Gordon was born in New York City. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, and publishing. His first novel, The Serialist, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010 and was named a finalist for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.


Max Ludington

Max Ludington’s novel Tiger in a Trance was a New York Times Notable Book, and his fiction has appeared in Tin House, Meridian, HOW Journal, Nerve, and others. He received an MFA from Columbia University.


Eric Rosenblum

Eric Rosenblum's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Guernica Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, Playboy.com, and Dossier Journal. Eric holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Syracuse University and a BA in English from Ohio University.



Gina Zucker

Gina Zucker’s publications include Hobart, Tin House, Salt Hill, Failbetter.com, Eyeshot.net, Opium.com, and various anthologies, including FANTASTIC WOMEN: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime (Tin House Books), LABOR DAY: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers (FSG), ALTARED: What Women Really Think about Weddings (Vintage), and BEFORE: Short Stories About Pregnancy from Our Top Writers (Overlook Press).  Her journalism and nonfiction have appeared in Esme.com, TueNight.com, Elle, Glamour, Self, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Rolling Stone, Babble.com, The New York Post, and elsewhere. She has taught fiction in the New School continuing education program, and teaches in Pratt Institute’s BFA in writing, where she co-directs Writer's Forum, the program’s reading series. She has received grants and scholarships from the New School and the Mellon Fund, and is the recipient of a Vermont Studio Space fellowship and a Hemingway House residency.

Adrian Shirk

Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint) a hybrid-memoir exploring the lives of American women prophets and mystics, as well as the forthcoming Heaven is a Place on Earth (Counterpoint, 2021). She works in a wide variety of creative nonfiction forms. Her essays appear frequently in Catapult, and have otherwise been published in The Atlantic, among others. She splits her time between the Catskills and an adjunct flophouse in Brooklyn.

Department AICAD Fellow

Fulla Abdul-Jabbar

Fulla Abdul-JabbarFulla Abdul-Jabbar is a writer, artist, and editor. She is Managing Editor at The Green Lantern Press, a nonprofit publisher specializing in art and poetry to produce exhibitions and experimental publications. Her work has been supported by the Vermont Studio Center and Zaratan Arte Contemporânea. She has performed or exhibited at SPACES, Defibrillator, Woman Made Gallery, ACRE, BBQLA, St. John University in York, the University of East London, the Electronic Literature Organization, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Bad at SportsDIAGRAMEmergency IndexBombay Gin, and Prairie Schooner. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and M.A. in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.