Sarah Lawrence College Writing Faculty
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. Author of the novels The Dylanist, Starting Out in the Evening, A Window Across the River, Breakable You, and Florence Gordon (forthcoming in September). He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim award, the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Koret Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. A Window Across the River was a Today show book club choice, and Starting Out in the Evening was made into a motion picture, which premiered at the Sundance festival in 2007. SLC, 1998–
BA, University of Saskatchewan; BAA, Ryerson University; MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing to a variety of students including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as high school students, seniors, and men and women in prison. She has been the recipient of a Canada Arts Council grant, an Ontario Arts Council grant, and is the former managing editor of and communications director for Global City Review, a New York City based literary magazine. Her work has appeared on babycenter.com, literarymama.com, and in McGill Street Magazine, The Ryersonian, and on the radio program LifeRattle, among others. Her memoir, Choosing You, was published in 2008 by Seal Press. SLC, 2000-
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MA, Brown University. Author of Teacha! Stories from a Yeshiva (Glad Day Books, 2001), chronicling his experience as a non-Jew teaching English as a second language to Yiddish-speaking Hasidic boys at a yeshiva in Brooklyn; has published stories in numerous anthologies and reviews, including The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories, Global City Review, The Breast, and Fairleigh Dickinson Review; on the faculty of Eugene Lang College; works for the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, where he has initiated numerous documentary projects; conducted hundreds of life history interviews with gay cops, retired vaudevillians and showgirls, ironworkers, immigrants, and, most recently, people affected by the events of September 11 and veterans recently returned from the war in Iraq. He worked as an educator and project designer on Columbia’s “Telling Lives Oral History Project.” This project, which was launched in eight classrooms in two middle schools in New York City’s Chinatown, culminated in seven books, two documentary films, and a multimedia exhibit. He served as editor of three of the books, producer of the documentaries, and curator of the exhibit. SLC, 2004–
Note: on leave spring semester
BFA, MA, University of Iowa. Essayist and creative nonfiction writer; author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, as well as essays/articles published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award. SLC, 2000–2005, 2007–
MFA, Columbia University. Poet, Brooklyn poet laureate, and author of Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers; co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008). Poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, and Sonora Review, among others. Recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, and The Van Lier Foundation, among others. SLC, 2005–
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MA, City College of New York. Author of the short-story collection Don’t Erase Me, awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction; stories anthologized in The Best American Short Stories of the Century; Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; The Blue Light Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love; and Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present; recipient of grants from the Fulbright Association, the German Academic Exchange (D.A.A.D.), the City University of New York MAGNET Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts (Literature fellow for 2004). SLC, 1996–
BA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. MFA, Columbia University. Author of the long poem, The New World, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in poetry; A World That Will Hold All the People, essays on poetry and politics; Today: 101 Ghazals (2008); the long poem, Dialogue with the Archipelago (2009); and fiction published in The Kenyon Review, The American Voice, and The Paris Review. Recipient of The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in the Essay and of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. SLC, 1994–
BA, Oberlin College. Author of the best-selling novel Bee Season (2000), which was adapted to film and was a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award. Author of the novels Wickett’s Remedy (2005) and The False Friend (2010) and of the essay collection Time’s Magpie (2004) and the children’s book Catching the Moon (2007). Short stories have appeared in Harper’s. 2013 recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant. SLC, 2008-
Note: on leave fall semester
BA, University of California-Berkeley. MA, City University of New York. Author of Whistling and Rosalind: A Family Romance; stories published in journals including The Transatlantic Review, Ploughshares, Feminist Studies, The Massachusetts Review, and The New England Review and in the book anthologies Women in Literature, Powers of Desire, and The World’s Greatest Love Stories and elsewhere in the United States and France; nonfiction published in the Village Voice and elsewhere; recipient of Lebensberger Foundation grant. SLC, 1985–
Michael Greenberg’s memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), has been translated into eighteen languages and was named a best book of the year by Time Magazine, Library Journal and Amazon.com. A collection of his essays, Beg, Borrow Steal: A Writer’s Life, was published in 2009. From 2003-2009, Greenberg wrote the “Freelance” column in the Times Literary Supplement. In 2010-2012 he was the author and creator of “The Accidentalist” column in Bookforum. He teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. Greenberg is currently at work on a book-length essay about New York.
BA, Washington University in St. Louis. MFA, New York University. Author of the novel City on Fire, forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf, and the novella A Field Guide to the North American Family; anthologized in Best New American Voices 2008, Best of the Web 2008, The Late American Novel; stories and essays published in The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, New York Magazine, Canteen, Slate, The Pinch, The Los Angeles Times; The Millions (contributing editor); National Book Critics Circle Balakian Prize finalist (2011 and 2012); 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in fiction.
BA, Harvard College. MFA, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Poet; author of Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000); Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004); Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, a New York Times Notable Book of 2008, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and a children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel (Soft Skull Press, 2007). Contributing editor for jubilat and BOMB. Has taught at Warren Wilson, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Houston. SLC, 2004–
Kathleen Hill’s novel Still Waters in Niger was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune; the French translation, Eaux Tranquilles, was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger. Who Occupies This House, a second novel, was named an Editors’ Choice at The New York Times. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2000, Pushcart Prize XXV, and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories. A short piece, “Forgiveness,” was included in Best Spiritual Writing, 2013. And “Portrait” appeared recently as a Kindle Single, in the Ploughshares Solo Series.
BA, State University of New York-Purchase. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. David Hollander is the author of the novel L.I.E., a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous print and online forums, including McSweeney’s, Post Road, The New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Collagist, Unsaid, The Black Warrior Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Swink. His work has been adapted for film and frequently anthologized, most notably in Best American Fantasy 2 and 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11th. SLC, 2002–
Note: on leave yearlong
BA, Oberlin College. MFA, University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Poet; author of Translating Mo’um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002) and Dance Dance Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2007), which was chosen for the Barnard New Women’s Poets Series, and Engine Empire (W.W. Norton, 2012); recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Fulbright grant for South Korea; work has been published in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Nation, Conjunctions among others; essays and articles published in the Village Voice, Guardian, Salon, and Christian Science Monitor. SLC, 2006–
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, MA and PhD, Columbia University. National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Humanist grant, 1972-73. Author of numerous scholarly articles, reviews and essays. Member of the Sarah Lawrence literature faculty from 1977-2000, taught courses in literary craft for many years, for both poets and fiction writers. Since 2005 has taught advanced fiction writing workshops at the Westport Writers Workshop in CT and since 2008, concurrently, has taught craft in the SLC Graduate Writing Program.
Note: on leave fall semester
BS, University of Windsor, Canada. MFA, Columbia University. Poet laureate of New York State; author of The Good Thief, selected by Margaret Atwood for the National Poetry Series; editor, with Michael Klein, of In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic; author of What the Living Do; recipient of the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poet Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Mary Ingram Bunting fellowship from Radcliffe College, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artist Foundation, and the Guggenheim. SLC, 1993–
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. NCPsyA, Westchester Institute. Special interests include Jungian studies and religion; author of When Orchids Were Flowers, This Perfect Life, and Wind Somewhere, and Shade, which received the Gradiva Award; most recently published in Ploughshares, The Salt Journal, Luna, and The Sun; recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Award. SLC, 1987–
Verlyn Klinkenborg was born in Colorado in 1952 and raised in Iowa and California. He graduated from Pomona College and received a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University. He is the author of Making Hay (1986), The Last Fine Time (1991), The Rural Life (2003), Timothy: Or, Notes of an Abject Reptile (2006), and Several Short Sentences About Writing (August 2012). He has taught at Harvard University, Pomona College, Bard College, and Columbia University. He is also the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a member of the editorial board of the New York Times since 1997. Mr. Klinkenborg lives in rural New York state.
BA, University of Minnesota. MFA, Vermont College. Author of House of Heroes and Other Stories; stories, essays and anthologies published by New River’s Press, Atlantic Monthly Press, Columbia Journal, Global City Review, Hungry Mind Review, North American Review, Newsday, The New York Times; recipient of the PEN/Nelson Algren, National Library Association, Loft Mcknight and The Whiting Foundation Award; fellowships from the Hedgebrook, Katherine Anne Porter, Edward Albee, and Bush foundations. SLC, 1992–
BA, Emerson College. University of Iowa Writersâ Workshop. Author of The Glassblowerâs Breath, Sunday, Half Promised Land, Like a Wide Anvil from the Moon the Light, Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy, The Drowned River and Split Horizon; recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and the Kingsly Tufts Poetry Award. SLC, 1975-
Note: on leave fall semester
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MFA, George Mason University. Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Other books include The Endarkenment (Pittsburgh, 2008), The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D Press, 1998), and Alibi School (Manic D, 1995). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1994 and 2010. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in the Hudson Valley
BA, Tufts College. MPhil, Columbia University. Novelist, short-story writer, and writer of travel literature. Author of the novels Crossroads, The Waiting Room, The Night Sky, House Arrest, Acts of God, and Revenge; the short story collections Vanishing Animals and Other Stories, The Bus of Dreams, and The Lifeguard Stories; the travel memoirs Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone and Wall to Wall: From Beijing to Berlin by Rail; an anthology of the travel literature of women, Maiden Voyages and Angels and Aliens: A Journey West. Recent work in Atlantic Monthly, Narrative, and Ploughshares; recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Artists Public Service Awards. SLC, 1994–
BA, Harvard. Author of nine books of poetry (under “D. Nurkse”), including The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island, The Fall, The Rules of Paradise, Leaving Xaia, and Voices over Water; poems have appeared in The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly; recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, and two awards from The Poetry Foundation. SLC, 2004–
BA, Columbia University. MA, University of California-Berkeley. Author of Here Comes Another Lesson, short fiction. Rescue, short fiction and poetry; Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, memoir and social analysis; Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed, history/biography. Fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, One Story, Electric Literature, Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, The Massachusetts Review, and many other places. Essays and journalism have been published in The New York Times, DoubleTake, The Nation, AGNI, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and New Labor Forum, among others. Recipient of the Cornell Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing from Columbia University, the Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research by Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society, and the DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. SLC, 1997, 2002-Present.
BA, Dartmouth College. MFA, Columbia University. Author of three books of poetry and four books of fiction, including her most recent collection of stories, Make Me Do Things (2013), for which she was awarded a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship for fiction. Her novels include The Border of Truth (2007), and Loverboy (2001, Graywolf /2002, Harcourt), which was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her work has been widely anthologized and translated. Redel’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Granta.com. Harvard Review, The Quarterly, The Literarian, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, O the Oprah magazine, Elle, Bomb, More and NOON. SLC, 1996–
BA, Hampshire College. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Author of short-story collection, See Through; fiction in magazines and journals, including BOMB, Post Road, McSweeney’s, Nerve, and Black Book, as well as in the anthologies 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, Lost Tribe: New Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Found Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, and Tell: An Anthology of Expository Narrative (forthcoming). Recipient of a Henfield Prize in 1995, a UAS Explorations Prize in 1997, and a Rotunda Gallery Emerging Curator grant for work with fiction and art in 2001. Codirector of Pratt Institute’s Writers’ Forum, 2005-present; curator of Barbes reading series, Brooklyn; founder and president, Dainty Rubbish record company. SLC, 2002–
Martha Rhodes is the author of four collections of poetry: At the Gate (1995), Perfect Disappearance (2000, Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet (2004) and The Beds (2012). Her poems have been published widely in such journals as Agni, Columbia, Fence, New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has also been anthologized widely, her work appearing in Agni 30 Years, Askold Melnyczuk editor, Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, Susan Aizenberg and Erin Belieu, eds., Columbia University Press, 2001, New York. The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, Michael Collier, ed,. University Press of New England, 2000, Hanover, NH. among others. Rhodes has taught at Emerson College, New School University, and University of California at Irvine. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She has been a visiting or guest poet at many colleges and universities around the country and has taught at conferences such as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Frost Place , Indiana University, Sarah Lawrence Summer Conference, and Third Coast. She serves on many publishing panels throughout each year at colleges, conferences and arts organizations, and is a regular guest editor at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Colrain Manuscript Conference. In 2010, she took over the directorship of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry in Franconia, NH. Rhodes is a founding editor and the director of Four Way Books, publishers of poetry and short fiction, located in New York City.
BA, University of Michigan. MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. MFA, Yale University School of Drama. Fiction writer, critic, editor, playwright; author of the novel The Ticket Out and editor of anthologies Great American Love Stories, World Treasury of Love Stories, and The Eloquent Short Story: Varieties of Narration; reviews and articles published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune Book World, Ms., Saturday Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review; plays produced at Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre Center, Waterford, Connecticut; recipient, Pulitzer Fellowship in Critical Writing; served on Book-of-the-Month Club’s Editorial Board of judges and as the Club’s senior editorial adviser. SLC, 1988–
BA, University of Massachusetts. MFA, Bennington College. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Tin House, Fence, Several Mississippi Review Prize Issues, Encyclopedia (L-Z), Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Orleans Review, Nerve, Salt Hill, Cimarron Review, Unsaid, failbetter, and others. Anthologies include Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton); Boston Noir 2: the Classics (Akashic); and The Mississippi Review: 30 Years. Essays, reviews, and interviews in The Paris Review, Tin House, BOMB, BookForum, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Fiction (Oxford University Press), and others. Recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and a Connecticut state arts grant. Founding editor of Post Road Magazine, where he currently edits the Fiction and Theatre sections. SLC, 2013–
BA, Oberlin College. MFA, Columbia University. Author of Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances (New and Selected Poems; Harper Collins India), and 3 Sections (September, 2013); former editor at The New Yorker; essayist and book reviewer in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, and various literary quarterlies; recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the James Laughlin Prize of the Academy of American Poets, the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement, The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize; grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; and area studies fellowships from Columbia University. SLC, 1998–
Note: on leave fall semester
BA, Sarah Lawrence College. MA, New York University. Author of two story collections, Ideas of Heaven (finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize) and In My Other Life, and of four novels, The Size of the World, Lucky Us, In the City, and Household Words—winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award; short stories anthologized in The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, The Story Behind the Story, The O. Henry Prize Stories (2007 and 2003), and two Pushcart Prize collections. Recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. SLC, 1985–
BA, Brown University. MFA, Columbia University. Author of the short-story collection, Voodoo Heart (Dial Press). Stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Epoch, Tin House, and One Story, among other journals. SLC, 2006–
Justin Taylor is the author of the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever and the novel The Gospel of Anarchy. Flings, a new story collection, will be published by Harper Collins in August, 2014. He is the co-editor of The Agriculture Reader, a limited-edition arts annual now in its sixth year. He lives in Brooklyn and online at http://www.justindtaylor.net/.
BA, Vassar College. MA, Middlebury College. Editor at The New Yorker, 1992-2002. Book editor, 2001-present. Book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Vogue, and The New York Review of Books. Edited books include Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Mostly True by Molly O’Neill, Aftermath by Joel Meyerowitz, The Surrender by Toni Bentley, Send by William Schwalbe and David Shipley, King’s Gambit by Paul Hoffman, and Violent Partners by Linda Mills. SLC, 2004–
Mark Wunderlich is the author of three books of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, published by Graywolf Press in 2014. His other books include Voluntary Servitude (Graywolf, 2004) and The Anchorage (UMass Press 1999), which received the Lambda Literary Award. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Amy Lowell Trust and the Civatelli Ranieri Foundation, and was both a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. He has taught at Stanford and Barnard College, and in the graduate writing programs at Sarah Lawrence, San Francisco State University and Columbia University. He currently teaches writing at literature at Bennington College, and is a member of the Core Faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Catskill, New York.
The recipient of the 2013 Thurber Award For American Humor, Dan Zevin is the author of four humor books, most recently Dan Gets a Minivan (Scribner). He has been a comic commentator for NPR and a contributor to print and digital publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, McSweeney's, The Los Angeles Times, and Salon.com. He has taught writing at The Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute, NYU, Fordham University, and Emerson College.