Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Cate Marvin is the author of Fragment of the Head of a Queen and World’s Tallest Disaster both published on Sarabande Books. World’s Tallest Disaster was selected by Robert Pinksky for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and also received the Kate Tuft’s Discovery Award. She was honored with a Whiting Award for Fragment of the Head of a Queen and was a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. She teaches in many places including Columbia University’s MFA program and is the co-founder of VIDA, the organization of Women in Literary Publishing.

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a Bird, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Trojan Women, Infinity’s House, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London.

Deak Nabers teaches English at Brown University. He is the author of Victory of Law: The Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment, and American Literature, 1852-1866. His current book project, entitled The Martial Imagination, examines the impact of nuclear weapons on postwar American liberalism and the rise of postmodernism. He is one of the founders of Post•45, the preeminent academic society devoted to the study of later twentieth-century American literature and culture, and he sits on the board of its journal and its book series

John J. O'Connor was born in Westfield, MA, and received a Master of Fine Arts and Master of Art History from Pratt Institute in 2000.  He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in that same year, and has received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in painting, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.  He was a 2011/12 recipient of a studio from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. Mr. O'Connor was also a resident artist at the Farpath Foundation in Dijon France. 

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of poetry collections Once and Halflife, and memoir The Long Goodbye. A former editor for The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Slate, her essays, criticisms, and poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, Slate and The Kenyon Review.

Thomas Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author whose most recent book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, published by Alfred Knopf in November 2010, won the  Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical non-fiction. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. He is currently writing a memoir of his father.

Considered by critics to be one of the most important and exciting performers on the contemporary scene today, the innovative violinist Mary Rowell can not be classified. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL of which she is co-founder. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today's composers as soloist and chamber musician.

Vijay Seshadri is the author of the collections Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, and 3 Sections (all from Graywolf Press), and "The Disappearances" (Harper-Collins India). His essays, reviews, and memoir fragments have appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, Verse, and in the anthologies The Anchor Essay Annual—Best Essays of 1998 and Best Creative Nonfiction (2008).

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of Our Andromeda (one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2013); Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award; and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Her poems have been included in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.  A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches at Rutgers-Newark and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Manuel Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and started his early musical studies on the Cuatro (venezuelan string instrument), which were eventually complemented by violin and solfège studies at the José Ángel Lamas National Conservatory.

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