Bielecki, Paul

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  • Paul Bielecki
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Email: paul.bielecki@rutgers.edu
  • CV: Paul_Bielecki_CV_2018.docx
  • Bio:  Professor Bielecki is an Assistant Director in the Creative Writing Program, where he coordinates Digital Composition course (209, 303, 304, 309, 314) offered through Writers House. Professor Bielecki is also the Associate Director of the Plangere Culture Lab, a space that provides technical and pedagogical support for English department students, staff and faculty who are interested in pursuing coursework and research projects that are anchored in the interdisciplinary work of the digital humanities. Professor Bielecki's research interests are composition studies, social media, digital production, graphic composition, autobiographical writing, film theory and criticism, and media theory.

Blaney, Paul

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  • Paul Blaney
  • Instructor
  • Email: blaney.paul@gmail.com
  • CV: Blaney_CV.pdf
  • Office: 35 College Avenue
  • Bio: Paul Blaney has been teaching at Writers House for a dozen years. Along with numerous short stories, he's published novellas and a 2015 novel, Mister Spoonface. He aims to teach classes that are serious fun.

Bryan, Jennifer

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  • Jennifer Bryan
  • Instructor
  • Email: jmb829@english.rutgers.edu 
  • Bio: Jennifer Bryan has an MFA in Fiction from Bowling Green State University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She was the 2011 Kimmel Foundation Award writing recipient, and her fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals including The Missouri Review, LIT, and the New Ohio Review. She lives with her husband the artist, Arjan Zazueta and her daughter, Sadie in Brooklyn, NY. Jennifer has taught Introduction to Multimedia Composition, Digital Storytelling and Fiction Writing. 

Hobayan, Leslieann

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  • Leslieann Hobayan
  • Instructor
  • Email: lhobayan@english.rutgers.edu
  • Bio: Leslieann Hobayan is a poet, essayist, healer, transformational coach, and host of the podcast, Vinyasa In Verse. As an American-born daughter of immigrants, identity has always been at the forefront of her work. As a result, her work’s focus has been on documenting these lived experiences while helping others facilitate their own healing in order to uncover and express their truest identities, their most authentic selves. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a 2018 Best of the Net, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Aster(ix) Journal, The Grief Diaries, The Lantern Review, The Mom Egg Review, The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit, and elsewhere. She also teaches yoga and meditation, including trauma-informed yoga, at local studios and with private clients where she guides them through sessions that strive to connect mind, body, and spirit. With an open heart, kind words, and a little silliness, she works to create safe spaces that nurture and heal. She believes in magic –that it exists in all of us—and uses it in everything she does.  Classes taught: Introduction to Creative Writing , Introduction to Multimedia Composition, Performance Poetry, Advanced Poetry Workshop

Chambers, Ashley

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  • Ashley Chambers
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  • Email: ac1950@english.rutgers.edu 
  • Bio:  Ashley Chambers is a writer, multidisciplinary artist, theologian, and educator currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Master of Sacred Theology and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. Her written work has appeared in journals such as Prelude, Salt Hill Journal, and The Seattle Review. More recently, her short films have premiered online at The Believer Magazine and Blush Lit.

Cotsonas, Thomas

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  • Thomas Cotsonas
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  • Email:  tcg25@english.rutgers.edu
  • Bio: Thomas Cotsonas is the author of Nominal Cases, his first book of fiction and winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press.  His fiction has also appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Conjunctions, Puerto del Sol, and Western Humanities Review.  He lives with his wife in New York City.
  • Classes Taught: Introduction to Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, Screenwriting for Film, Introduction to Multimedia Composition

Dalva, Adam

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  • Adam Dalva
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  • Email: ad1216@english.rutgers.edu 
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  • Bio: Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Guardian. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and is a book critic for Guernica Magazine. Adam has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of NYU's MFA Program, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. Adam's best-selling comic book, Olivia Twist, was published by Dark Horse in 2019. You can find his work at adamdalva.com.

Doty, Mark

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  • Mark Doty
  • Email: markdoty@english.rutgers.edu
  • Office: Murray Hall | Room 040A
  • Phone: (848) 932-7064
  • Bio: Mark Doty is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry.  

Fitzgerald, Adam

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  • Adam Fitzgerald
  • NTT Faculty
  • Email: adam.fitzgerald@rutgers.edu
  • Bio: Adam Fitzgerald is the author of two books of poetry, both published by W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. His debut collection, The Late Parade, was published in 2013 and was hailed by The New York Times Sunday Book Review as “a new and welcome sound in the aviary of contemporary poetry.” In 2016, his second book of poems, George Washington, was published and reviewed in The New York Times, Bookforum, Interview Magazine, Boston Review and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a nonfiction manuscript about the origins of white supremacy and its relationship to anti-black violence. He is a professor in creative writing at Rutgers University and lives in New York City. Selected publications: "George Washington," BOMB "Our Lady of South Dakota," New Republic "The Lordly Hudson," The New Yorker "Oregon Trail," Hyperallergic "George Washington," Poetry "Poem With Accidental Memory," Poetry "Time After Time," Poetry

Fuhrman, Joanna

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  • Joanna Fuhrman
  • NTT Faculty 
  • Email: jfuhrman@english.rutgers.edu
  • Bio: Joanna Fuhrman is the author of five books of poetry, including The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press, 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Believer, Conduit, Fence, and New American Writing, and various anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize 2011 and 365 Poems for Every Occasion (Abrams, 2015). Her essays on teaching poetry to young people appear regularly Teachers & Writers Magazine. She is currently finishing her sixth book of poetry, The Bad Witness and working on creating poetry videos. For more, visit joannafuhrman.com. She believes teaching creative writing involves the cultivation of two somewhat contradictory impulses. She tries to encourage her students to take risks and adopt a playful attitude toward their work, but also to view their own work (and the work of their peers) analytically and critically. Most of all, she believes to be a writer is to be a reader.
  • Classes Taught: Advanced Poetry Writing, Poetry Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing , Introduction to multimedia: Walking and Mapping

Glencross, Timothy

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  • Timothy Glencross
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  • Email: tg475@english.rutgers.edu 
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  • Bio: Tim Glencross is author of the novels Barbarians (2014) and Days of the Dead (2017), both published in the UK by John Murray/Hachette. Barbarians was a Huffington Post UK Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Great Britain's Best First Novel Award as well as Political Fiction Book of the Year at the UK Political Book Awards. In addition to teaching at Rutgers, he is a tutor at the University of Cambridge Centre for Creative Writing. 

Hughes, Emily Wallis

  • Emily Wallis Hughes is the author of Sugar Factory, published by the legendary small press Spuyten Duyvil in 2019. Sugar Factory was a finalist for both the Fence Modern Poets Series Prize and the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. Her second in-progress book of poems is titled The Vivariums. Her poems and short prose have been published in many journals, including Berkeley Poetry ReviewBrooklyn PoetsCordella MagazineElderly, Gigantic Magazine, Painted Bride QuarterlyPrelude, and Trampoline. She co-edited avant-garde poet Jure Detela's Moss & Silver, translated from the Slovene by Raymond Miller with Tatjana Jamnik, which was a finalist for Three Percent's 2019 Best Translated Book Award. Emily is an editor at Fence, where she edits hybrid creative-critical works engaged with poetry and the poetry-adjacent arts for Elecment, co-edits reviews of print and digital poetry books for The Constant Critic, and directs print and digital distribution of Fence, the literary journal, which won the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize in 2018. She has taught creative writing courses at Rutgers since 2016 and currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  

Hulme, John

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  • John Hulme
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  • Email: jh1478@english.rutgers.edu 
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  • Bio: John Hulme is an award-winning writer/filmmaker from Highland Park, NJ. He co-authored The Seems, a trilogy of fantasy novels from Bloomsbury Children’s Books. He previously created the original radio drama, Vanishing Point (NPR, XM), which he expanded into an online role playing game for Microsoft. Hulme was also the director of Unknown Soldier: Searching For A Father, a feature-length documentary for HBO’s America Undercover. He is currently producing the Highland Park African-American History Project, a digital archive capturing the oral history of his hometown’s black community. His first feature length horror screenplay, Bagman, is being produced for Paramount Pictures, to be directed by Colm McCarthy of Peaky Blinders and The Girl With All The Gifts.

LaBrie, Aimee

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  • Aimee LaBrie
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  • Email: al1048@english.rutgers.edu
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  • Bio: Aimee LaBrie’s short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was chosen as the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press. Her stories have appeared in Pleiades, Beloit Fiction Journal, Cleaver Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. Aimee lives in Princeton, NJ and works as a lecturer and senior program administrator for creative writing at Rutgers University.


McKeon, Belinda

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  • Belinda McKeon
  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Email: belinda.mckeon@rutgers.edu
  • Office: Murray Hall | Room 041
  • Bio: Belinda McKeon's debut novel Solace (Scribner) won the 2011 Faber Prize and was voted Irish Book of the Year as well as being shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Kerry Group Prize. Her second novel, Tender,was published in 2015, and she has published short fiction in a number of anthologies. As a journalist, she has written on literature and the arts for the New York Times, the Paris Review, the Guardian, and the Irish Times. Her plays have been produced in Dublin and New York, and she is under commission to the Abbey Theatre. Education Trinity College, Dublin B.A. English and Philosophy (2000) University College, Dublin MLitt Philosophy (2004) Columbia University, New York MFA Fiction (2010) Areas of specialization 20th Century and Contemporary Fiction and Non-Fiction; Irish Literature and Drama

Miller, Susan

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  • Susan Miller
  • NTT Faculty, Russell Teaching Fellow
  • Email: slmiller@english.rutgers.edu
  • Bio: Miller is a Russell Teaching Fellow and she has been teaching at Rutgers since 2005. She has been writing since she was very young,  and studied with Marie Ponsot for 11 years after completing graduate school. In her words, Ponsot "taught me by the observation method and that's also the way I teach--by observing technique, content, and style rather than critiquing them." Her book, Communion of Saints was published in 2017, and her poetry has been included in the anthologies Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality and St. Peter's B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints. She won two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg awards for poetry and her work has been presented on BBC4 Radio.

November, Yehoshua

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  • Yehoshua November
  • NTT Faculty
  • Email: joshn@english.rutgers.edu
  • CV: Y._November_CV.pdf
  • Bio: Yehoshua November is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Rutgers Writing Program and Writers House.  He is the author of two books of poetry, God's Optimism, winner of the MSR Book Award and a finalist for the L.A.Times Book Prize, and Two Worlds Exist, a finalist for National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. His writing has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, VQR, The Sun, and on National Public Radio.  “[November] allows a radiant spiritual light to shine through deeply human fissures.”   –The Chicago Tribune.


Rehill, Evan

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  • Evan Rehill
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  • Email: erehill@english.rutgers.edu
  • Bio: Evan Rehill’s work has been published or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, No Tokens, Open City, Little Star, The Literary Review, Lumina, Fourteen Hills, Big Bell, Instant City, and Watchword Press. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. The Way We’re Used To, a collection of shorter stories, was published by Push Press in limited edition with cover art by Ryan Coffey. A new novel, The Sequels, is forthcoming in 2019. Rehill has received the Miriam Ylvisaker Award for Fiction and a Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue. Rehill is a founding curator of the Picasso Machinery performance series happening underground in Brooklyn. He lives in New York City. Selected publications: The Spade Night Comes Later The Letter Landon Sheinblatt   

Shockley, Evie

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  • Evie Shockley
  • Associate Professor of English
  • Email: evies@english.rutgers.edu
  • Office: Murray Hall | Room 047
  • Phone: (848) 932-7909
  • Bio: "In my classroom, I make every effort to show students clearly how passionate I am about the texts and ideas I'm teaching..."

Suskewicz, Jacob

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  • Jacob Suskewicz
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  • Email: jacob.suskewicz@rutgers.edu
  • Bio: EducationMFA, Creative Writing (Fiction), The New School, 2009 BA, Political Science & English, Rutgers University, 2004 Jacob Suskewicz received his MFA (fiction) from The New School, and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and literature at Montclair State University. He is the author of the chapbook, Set a Fire Burning, and the forthcoming novel of the same name. His areas of practice include: creative writing, literature (contemporary world literature), narrative theory and design, and composition, with a focus on developing pedagogy using a traditional writing workshop approach, in combination with digital literacy and multimedia composition, to be able to reach all levels of writers where they are at. Selected Recent Publications Set A Fire Burning, Published by the New School Chapbook Series Winner of the New School Graduate Writing Program Chapbook Contest, selected by Benjamin Percy Guest Editor, Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice Special Issue: "Ethnography--Practice and Theory in Social Work" The New Humanities Reader, "Teaching the New Humanities Reader", 4th Edition. *Course & Assignment Sequence Forthcoming Publications Set A Fire Burning: A Novel
  • Classes Taught: Courses taught (current): 01:351:211/212: Creative Writing 01:351:307: Form & Technique in Fiction Courses taught (past): Undergraduate: 01:355:101: Expository Writing 101 01:355:201: Research in the Disciplines 01:355:301: College Writing & Research Graduate: 19:910:666: Foundation to Advanced Practice 19:910:682: Clinical Practice 19:910:695: Engaged Scholarship  


Svich, Caridad

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  • Caridad Svich
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  • Email: csvich@english.rutgers.edu
  • CV: Svichlongbio2018updated.pdf
  • Bio: Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre and a 2018 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for The House of the Spirits, based on Isabel Allende's novel. She has written over 100 plays and translations, and her work has been staged across the US and abroad. She sustains parallel career as theatrical translator, where is she is known chiefly for her translations of the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca. She has also edited several books on theatre and performance published by Bloomsbury Drama, Theatre Communications Group, Intellect Books UK, Seagull Books UK, Manchester University Press, Smith & Kraus and more. She has taught Introduction to Creative Writing and Playwriting at Rutgers for nine years. She is currently at work on a seven-play cycle entitled American Psalm, a music-dance-theatre piece entitled Mi Cuba, a modern translation of Shakespeare's King Henry VIII, and her first film, Fugitive Dreams.  She is associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge UK, and contributing editor of TheatreForum, and drama editor of Asymptote literary translation journal. 

Williams, Carolyn

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  • Carolyn Williams
  • Director of Creative Writing
  • Email: carolyn.williams@rutgers.edu
  • CV: CarolynWilliamsCV_1.doc
  • Office:  Murray Hall | Room 105
  • Phone: (732) 932-7571
  • Bio: Carolyn Williams specializes in Victorian literature and culture. She has recently published a study of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, entitled Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody (Columbia University Press, 2011). The author of Transfigured World: Walter Pater’s Aesthetic Historicism (Cornell, 1989), she has also co-edited Walter Pater: Transparencies of Desire (with Laurel Brake and Lesley Higgins, ELT Press 2002). She edited a special issue of VLC on Victorian Studies and Cultural Studies (1999) and an issue of the Pater Newsletter on Queer Pater Studies (2007). Her current research is on Victorian stage melodrama, conducted under the working title, “The Aesthetics of Melodramatic Form.” She is also currently editing The Cambridge Companion to English Melodrama (forthcoming). Some recent publications include: “Stupidity and Stupefaction: Barnaby Rudge and the Mute Figure of Melodrama” in Dickens Studies Annual (2015), “Melodrama,” for the New Cambridge History of English Literature (Victorian volume), ed. Kate Flint (2012); Jane Eyre 2011 (on the film) in VLC (2012); “The Gutter Effect in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love,” in Graphic Subjects, ed. Michael Chaney (2011); “Eve Sedgwick, the Boston Years: Her Humor and Her Anger,” in Criticism (2010); “Walter Pater, Film Theorist,” in Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts, ed. Elicia Clements and Lesley Higgins (2010); “Parody and Poetic Tradition: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience,” in Victorian Poetry (2008); “Moving Pictures: George Eliot and Melodrama,” in Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion, ed. Lauren Berlant (2004); “Pater’s Impressionism and the Form of Historical Revival,” in Knowing the Past: Victorian Literature and Culture, ed. Suzy Anger (2001); “Intimacy and Theatricality: Mike Leigh’s Topsy-Turvy,” in VLC (2000); and “Parody, Pastiche and the Play of Genres,” in The Victorian Comic Spirit: New Perspectives, ed. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (2000). Until 2010, she was Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Writers at Rutgers and the Writers from Rutgers reading series. She was the founding Director of Writers House since 2008 directed by Mark Doty. She has served as Chair of the Department since 2010. Outside of Rutgers, she has served on the Supervisory Board of The English Institute, the Executive Board of The Dickens Project, the Advisory Board of NAVSA (North American Victorian Studies Association) and the PMLA Advisory Committee as well as the editorial boards of Victorian Literature and Culture, English Literature in Transition, and Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004-5, the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, and the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2010.

Zighelboim, Samantha

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  • Samantha Zighelboim
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  • Email: samantha.zighelboim@rutgers.edu
  • CV: S._Zighelboim_CV_2.pdf
  • Bio: Samantha Zighelboim is the author of The Fat Sonnets (Argos Books, 2018). She is a 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Poetry, a recipient of a Face Out grant from CLMP, and the co-recipient of the 2016 John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize in Translation from The Poetry Foundation. Samantha’s poems, translations and essays have appeared in POETRY, Boston Review, LitHub, The Guardian, and PEN Poetry Series, among others. She lives in New York City, and teaches creative writing and literature at Rutgers University and The New School.  Select List of Recent Publications: BooksThe Fat Sonnets (Argos Books, 2018) PoemsTwo Poems, Boston ReviewThree Poems, TheFanzineTwo Poems, Springhouse JournalOne Poem, Sixth FinchOne Poem, Spiral Orb Translations (co-translated with fellow Writers House instructor Julia Guez)One Poem by Luis Chaves, POETRYOne Poem by Luis Chaves, The GuardianThree Poems by Luis Chaves & Translator’s Note, Circumference Essays/Interviews In Their Own Words, Poetry Society of AmericaA Revolutionary Act: Samantha Zighelboim, BOMBA Revolutionary Act: Samantha Zighelboim, BOMB