Core Faculty & Visiting Writers, Creative Writing MFA Program

CORE FACULTY

Erica Hunt is the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program. She is a poet, essayist, and author of Local History and ArcadePiece LogicTime Flies Right Before the Eyes and A Day and Its Approximates. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, Recluse, In the American Tree and Conjunctions. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women and The Politics of Poetic FormThe World, and other anthologies.

Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy.

Past writer in residence in the Contemporary Poetics/Creative Writing program at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Bard College's MFA program, Hunt has taught at Wesleyan University and was a repeat faculty member at Cave Canem Retreat, a workshop for Black writers from 2004 to 2015.

In December 2015, Hunt gave the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Fund for Innovative Poetics Lecture at Pratt Institute’s MFA program/.

With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of an anthology of new writing by Black women, Letters to the Future, forthcoming in 2017 from Kore Press.



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Lewis Warsh is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Alien Abduction (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), One Foot Out The Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place In The Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008).  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 teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at LIU Brooklyn.



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A recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, John High  has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (fiction and translation), the Witter Bynner Foundation, and Arts International. He is a former member of the Moscow Club Poetry and a founding editor of Five Fingers Review. Poet, translator, Zen monk—he has written ten books, including the novel, The Desire Notebooks, and his most recent, interconnected poetry collections: here, a book of unknowing, you are everything you are not, and forthcoming, 2016, vanishing acts (Talisman House). His translations of contemporary Russian poetry include books by Nina Iskrenko, Ivan Zhdanov, and Aleksei Parshchikov, and he is the chief editor for Crossing Centuries—The New Generation in Russian Poetry. His translations of Osip Mandelstam have appeared in The Nation, Fulcrum, Denver Quarterly, Pen America, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Poetry. Recent readings include Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Hangzhou, Venice and New York. Recent work has appeared in Verse, New American WritingThe Brooklyn Rail, Ugly Duckling Presse (6×6), Brooklyn Paramount, Poems by Sunday, Visceral Brooklyn, Conjunctions, Poetry Northwest, and Paris Lit Up. Poems from his recent four book series have been translated into French and Russian for the Paris Ivy Series, Upstairs at Duroc Literary & Arts Journal, and The St. Petersburg literary journal, Kreshchatik. He has taught creative writing and literature in Moscow, Istanbul, Hangzhou, and San Francisco, and teaches in the MFA program at LIU Brooklyn, where he was a recipient of the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching.



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Barbara Henning is the author of three novels and eleven collections of poetry. Her most recent publications are A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015); A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013); Cities & Memory (Chax Press, 2010); a novel, Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVox, 2009); and a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists, 2007). She is the editor of The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins and a collection of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen. She is a board member of the Belladonna Collaborative, editor of Long News: A Journal of Writing (1991-96) and a long-time yoga practitioner, having lived and studied in Mysore, India; she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and teaching for Naropa University (2006-14) and for the MFA program at Long Island University in Brooklyn.



Eugene Lim (Distinguished Visiting Writer, Fall 2017) is the author of the novels Fog & Car (Ellipsis Press, 2008), The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013) and Dear Cyborgs (FSG Originals, 2017). His writings have appeared in Dazed, FenceLittle StarThe Denver QuarterlyThe Brooklyn RailJacket2GiganticYour Impossible VoiceThe Coming EnvelopeEveryday GeniusVestiges and elsewhere. Pessimist of the intellect by night; by day, he’s house librarian at the Charles Xavier School for the Greatly Responsibled. He runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Jackson Heights, NY, with Joanna and Felix.



Graduate Advisor & Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, Jake Matkov writes poetry and teaches undergraduate English courses. A recipient of a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship and a 2015-16 Queer / Art / Mentorship literary fellowship, his poems have been published in The Blueshift Journal, fields magazinevoicemail poems, and others. Currently, he is working on a manuscript of poems examining trauma and memory, as well as a long poem exploring shame, silence, disease, queerness, and his body.








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