J.T. Barbarese, Ph.D., Temple University
Barbarese has published five books of poems, his most recent, Sweet Spot (Northwestern University Press, 2012). His poems and translations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Modern Literature. Since 2008 he has been the editor of StoryQuarterly.
Robin Black, M.F.A., Warren Wilson
Part Time Lecturer
Black is the author of the story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, which was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications, including the Irish Times. Her novel, Life Drawing, was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize. Her most recent book is, Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing And Life Collide. Robin’s work can be found in such publications as One Story, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus, O. Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler UK, and numerous anthologies, including The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. I and The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review.
Lise Funderburg, M.S.J., Columbia University
Part Time Lecturer
Funderburg’s first nonfiction book, Blck, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity was a collection of oral histories. She is also the author of Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home.
Lauren Grodstein, M.F.A., Columbia University
Grodstein is the author, most recently, of Our Short History (Algonquin, 2017). Other novels include the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything and A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009), a Washington Post Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and an Amazon.com Spotlight Pick and Best Book of the Month, among others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Rhapsody, Post Road, Alimentum, Columbia, and various other publications, and her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, and other languages.
Paul Lisicky, M.F.A., University of Iowa
Lisicky is the author of the novel Lawnboy, the memoir Famous Builder, the story collection The Burning House, and the genre-bending Unbuilt Projects, and most recently The Narrow Door, a memoir. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Gregory Pardlo, M.F.A. in Poetry, New York University; M.F.A. in Nonfiction, Columbia University
Pardlo’s collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first collection Totem won the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Air Traffic, a memoir, is forthcoming from Knopf.
Patrick Rosal, M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College
Rosal is the author of four books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His work has been honored by the Association of Asian American Studies, the Asian American Writers Workshop, and Best American Poetry. He is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar’s Program.
Lisa Zeidner, M.A., Johns Hopkins
Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels, most recently Love Bomb, and two books of poems. She is also a screenwriter who has worked for Universal Studios and Focus Feaures. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, GQ and elsewhere.