About the Instructors

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Placebo Effects, Curious Conduct and Burning of the Three Fires. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program and directs the annual Frost Place Advanced Seminar.

Sharon Dolin’s fourth book of poems, Burn and Dodge, won the 2007 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her other books are Heart Work, Serious Pink, Realm of the Possible and Whirlwind (forthcoming in 2012). She is writer in residence at Eugene Lang College at The New School for Liberal Arts and directs the Center for Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Cornelius Eady’s latest book, Hardheaded Weather, was nominated for the 2008 NAACP Image Awards. He is co-founder of Cave Canem and a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri.

Emily Fragos’s books of poetry include Little Savage and Hostage. She is the editor of three anthologies of poetry: The Great Cat, The Dance and Music’s Spell. She teaches poetry workshops at Columbia and NYU

Jennifer Gilmore’s second novel, Something Red, a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, is just out in paperback. She is also the author of Golden Country, a 2006 New York Times Notable Book, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. She has taught writing and literature at Cornell University, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts and New York University.

Rachel Hadas teaches English at Rutgers University. The latest of her many books of poems is The Ache of Appetite.

Hettie Jones’s memoir of the Beat scene is How I Became Hettie Jones. Her memoir-in-letters, Love, H: A Correspondence, is forthcoming.

Lisa Kron has been writing and performing theater since coming to New York from Michigan in 1984. Lisa is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award, an NEA/TCG playwriting fellowship and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches playwriting at Yale Drama School.

Patricia Marx’s writing credits include Saturday Night Live and Rugrats. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker, The New York Times and Time magazine. She is the author of the novels Him Her Him Again The End of Him and Starting from Happy.

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems. She is working on a biography of the 18th-century flower artist Mary Delany and a book-length poem, Alphabetica: The Stories of the Letters. She is on the faculty of the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program.

Lore Segal—novelist, essayist, translator and children’s book author— is a long-time member of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center’s teaching staff. Her novels include Other People's Houses, originally serialized in The New Yorker; Lucinella; and Shakespeare's Kitchen, one of three finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Her story, “The Ice Worm,” appeared in Harper's Magazine in May of this year.

Christopher Sorrentino’s books include Sound on Sound and Trance, a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. He has taught writing and literature at the New School and Columbia University.

Jean Valentine’s books of poetry include Door in the Mountain, Lucy and Break the Glass. A National Book Award winner, she also has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University.

Anne Washburn’s plays include The Internationalist, Apparition, The Ladies, The Devil at Noon, The Small, I Have Loved Strangers and The Communist Dracula Pageant. Her current project, MR. BURNS, a commission for The Civilians, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award, and will be produced by Woolly Mammoth theater in Washington, DC, next spring.

Stephen Wright’s novels are M31: A Family Romance, Going Native, Meditations in Green and The Amalgamation Polka.

David Yezzi is the author of the poetry collections The Hidden Model and Azores, and the executive editor of The New Criterion. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center, he has taught at Stanford University.

Rafi Zabor is the author of the novel The Bear Comes Home, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; and I, Wabenzi, a memoir.

Rachel Zucker’s books of poetry include Museum of Accidents, The Bad Wife Handbook, The Last Clear Narrative and Home/Birth (with Arielle Greenberg). She is co-editor of Starting Today: Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and has taught at Yale and Columbia. She is currently teaching at New York University.

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