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Faculty & Visiting Writers

Faculty members for the M.F.A. program include:

Full-time Faculty

HagedornJessica Hagedorn - Jessica Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program. An award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, poet and performance artist, her novels include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the editor of both volumes of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology Of Contemporary Asian American Fiction, and the forthcoming Manila Noir. Her work in theater includes the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, Most Wanted, Fe In The Desert, and Stairway To Heaven. Prizes and honors include the Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, the Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, the AAWW Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. See a video of Jessica speaking here. (Photo credit: David Shankbone)


WarshLewis Warsh - Lewis Warsh is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including A Place In The Sun (2010), Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (2008), Ted's Favorite Skirt (2002), Touch of the Whip (2001), The Origin of the World (2001), Debtor's Prison, a collaboration with Julie Harrison (2001), Money Under the Table (1997) and A Free Man (1991). He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and The Fund for Poetry. His work has been widely anthologized, including The Best American Poetry Anthology (1997, 2002, 2003). He is co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology, editor and publisher of United Artists Books, and is director of the MFA program in creative writing at LIU Brooklyn. (Photo credit: David Gardiner)


HighJohn High (Photo credit: David Gardiner)


BoutwellMarilyn Boutwell (Graduate Advisor) 


Past Visiting Writers

Ammiel Alcalay (2013) / Robert Antoni (2014) / Gina Apostol (2013) / Calvin Baker (2011) / Paul Beatty (2009) / Bill Berkson (2009) / Anselm Berrigan (2009, 2012) / Donald Breckenridge (2013) / Charlotte Carter (2003) / Gabriel Cohen (2011) / Brenda Coultas (2003, 2009) / Thulani Davis (2007) / Samuel R. Delany (2007, 2011) / Monica de la Torre (2011) / Linh Dinh (2009) / Joseph Donahue (2012) / Vladimir Druk (2012) / Jennifer Egan (2011) / Zhang Er (2012, 2014) / Norman Fischer (2012) / Gloria Frym (2009) / Renee Gladman (2009, 2011, 2013) / Francisco Goldman (2012, 2014) / Richard Hell (2003) / Barbara Henning (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) / David Henderson (2004) / Bob Holman (2011) / Fanny Howe (2010, 2012) / Erica Hunt (2003) / Laird Hunt (2011) / Marlon James (2011, 2012) / Kaylie Jones (2011, 2012) / Patricia Spears Jones (2009) / Dorothea Lasky (2013) / Eric Lehman (2002) / Gary Lenhart (2011) / Jocelyn Lieu (2013, 2014) / Katt Lissard (2004, 2007) / Michelle Major (2014) / Jaime Manrique (2009, 2010) / Bernadette Mayer (2007, 2009) / Alex Mindt (2010) / Albert Mobilio (2010) / Dennis Moritz (2005) / Tracie Morris (2011) / Horacio Castellanos Moya (2013) / Uche Nduka (2014) / Murat Nemet-Nejat (2010, 2014) / Alice Notley (2013) / Idra Novey (2014) / Han Ong (2008) / Maureen Owen (2004) / Ruth Ozeki (2012) / Akilah Oliver (2008, 2010) / Ruth Ozeki (2014) / Ron Padgett (2011) / Willie Perdomo (2014) / Simon Pettet (2007, 2012) / Wang Ping (2007, 2011, 2013) / Kristin Prevallet (2009) / Karen Russell (2007, 2010) / Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno (2014) / Kyle Schlesinger (2013) / Martha Southgate (2012) / Lynne Tillman (2009) / Edwin Torres (2003) / Chuck Wachtel (2007) / Anne Waldman (2004, 2007, 2010, 2013) / Colson Whitehead (2010) / Elizabeth Willis (2011) / Matvei Yankelevich (2010, 2013).

Please visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog) for further information about the MFA and the other programs and activities of the Department, including upcoming readings by our faculty.