Full-Time Faculty

Laura Elrick

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

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.

Christian Hawkey

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’s novel about Nikola Tesla, The Invention of Everything Else was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her first novel, The Seas, won the National Book Foundation’s Five under Thirty-five prize. Hunt’s work has been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, The New York Times, Tin House, A Public Space, Cabinet, Blind Spot, and been translated into ten languages. Her work has been performed on This American Life and on WNYC's Selected Shorts program.


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


Her first book of poems, Internal West, won The Paris Review book prize, and was published in 2003. Her poems have appeared in FenceOpen CityThe Paris ReviewSmall Spiral NotebookBoston ReviewRaritanAmerican Poetry ReviewVersePassages North, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets; her music reviews in The Nation and Filter; her book reviews in The New York Sun; and her essays in Cabinet magazine and Open City. Her essays have also been anthologized by Soft Skull Press, Anchor Books, and Sarabande. Her second book, Stories That Listen, was published in 2010 by Four Way Books.


Melissa Buzzeo is the author of four books of poetry and prose: The Devastation (Nightboat Books, 2014), For Want and Sound (Les Figues Press), and What Began Us (Leon Works, 2007). She holds degrees from both Cornell University and the University of Iowa's Writing Workshop.


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.

Jason Helm

Jason Helm has a Masters from Sarah Lawrence College and is an Adjunct Assistant Writing Professor at Pratt Institute where he teaches a junior fiction studio and special topics in writing class called Social Science Fiction. Hailing from Boone, IA, his goals are to bridge the gap between the working class and literary worlds, present new queer archetypes, and unveil the fantastic ridiculousness of our contemporary moment. Jason’s short stories have been published by Eclectica, Birds of Lace, and Lumina, among others. He is currently querying his first novel, Dictator of the World, a dystopian political satire that takes place on a reality TV show. He reads all over NY and splits his time between Brooklyn and LA with his husband and two cats.

Mary-Beth Hughes

Mary-Beth Hughes is a fiction writer living in Brooklyn. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and are collected in the book Double Happiness. Her novel is Wavemaker II.


Lucy Ives

Lucy Ives is most recently the author of Orange Roses (Ahsahta, 2013), a collection of poetry and essays, and nineties (Tea Party Republicans, 2013), Her work has appeared in BOMB, Conjunctions, Fence, The Huffington Post, n+1, Ploughshares, and other journals. A deputy editor at Triple Canopy, she is co-editor of Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, (Triple Canopy), and has participated as an artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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.


John O'Connor

John O'Connor is from Kalamazoo, MI. His food and travel writing has appeared in The New York Times, Men's Journal, The Financial Times, Gastronomica, and elsewhere, and he has contributed essays to the literary journals Open City, The Believer, and Quarterly West, and to the anthologies The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 1, The Gastronomica Reader, and They’re At It Again: An Open City Reader.

Shelly Oria

Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Quarterly West, cream city review, and fivechapters among other places, and won the 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize among other awards. Shelly curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village.

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.

Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five bestselling novels, The Death Artist, Color Blind, The Killing Art, Anatomy of Fear, and The Murder Notebook, which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the recipient of a Nero Wolfe Award for best crime fiction novel, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a Rome Prize. He is co-editor, contributor and illustrator of the anthology, The Dark End of the Street, and his short stories are in such collections as The Best of the Mystery Writers of America and the 2010 International Crime Writers Anthology.

Uljana Wolf

Uljana Wolf is a German poet and translator based in Brooklyn and Berlin. She published four books of poetry in German, and three chapbooks in English, translated by Nathaniel Otting (Nor By Press), Susan Bernofsky (UDP) and Monika Zobel (Belladonna*). Wolf translates numerous English-language poets into German, among them Matthea Harvey, Erín Moure, John Asbery, Yoko Ono, and Cole Swensen. Her own work has been translated into more than 13 languages.

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.