Faculty & Staff


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.

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams has been performing since 1990, releasing numerous critically-acclaimed albums including Mortal City, My Better Self, and Many Great Companions. Over the years, she has performed alongside notable folk musicians including the Indigo Girls and Joan Baez, who also recorded a duet with Williams. She enjoys sharing her passion for music with young people by instructing children at summer camps and teaching a course entitled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy” at her alma mater, Wesleyan University.

John Yau is Professor of Critical Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University), the publisher of Black Square Editions, and regular contributor to the online magazine, Hyperallergic Weekend, which he helped start. His latest books include Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008).

Evan Yionoulis is an Obie Award-winning theatre director who has helmed productions of new plays and the classics in New York (Broadway, Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway), throughout the United States, and internationally. She is Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Acting at the Yale School of Drama and a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre.