Faculty & Staff


The Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum, is the author of several books including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics.

Born in Ecuador, Felix Endara is a transgender New York-based independent filmmaker, programmer, and arts administrator whose films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, DOC NYC, and Mill Valley. From 2008 to 2012, he programmed Arts Engine’s documentary screening series DocuClub, which he toured to Mexico City and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Diane Huling holds two performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, with post-graduate work from Westminster Choir College.  She has worked with Maria Luisa Faini, Leonard Shure and Dalton Baldwin, as well as performing in master classes for Paul Badura-Skoda, Greta Kraus and Malcolm Bilsson.  Ms.Huling's teaching career is extensive, beginning with public school music in Vermont, private school music in Cambridge, MA, and college teaching at Dartmouth College, Lyndon State College and Johnson State College, where she received full professorship before taking an early retirement.

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.

BA, Harvard University. PhD, Brown University. Special interest in American studies. Author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a SuperpowerThe Triumph of Meanness: America’s War Against Its Better SelfTheir Last Battle: The Fight for the National World War II MemorialLike a Holy Crusade: Mississippi 1964The Crowd in American Literature, and American and English Fiction in the Nineteenth Century.

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.