Faculty

Program Assistant:

Kimberly Garrett

Full-Time Faculty


Laleh Khadivi

Full-Time Faculty, Academic Director
(415) 422-6066

Laleh Khadivi is the author of The Kurdish Trilogy which includes The Age of Orphans (2009), The Walking (2013), and A Good Country (2017). Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, and The Sun. She has worked as a documentary filmmaker since 2000 and her films have been screened in festivals and on various cable networks. 

Education:

MFA Mills College

Micah Ballard

Administrative Director

Author of three full-length collections of poetry, Afterlives (Bootstrap Press, 2016), Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011), which was nominated for a California Book Award, and Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009), and over a dozen small books, including Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter, 2014), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006) and Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Auguste Press, 2001). His writing has appeared in Amerarcana, Bay Poetics, Blue Book, Boog City,...

Education:

MA in Poetics, New College of California, MFA in Poetics, New College of California

Cristina Garcia

Visiting Writer
(415) 422-6066

Education:

MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Dave Madden

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6915

Dave Madden is the author of the story collection If You Need Me I'll Be Over There and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy, a book of nonfiction. His shorter work has appeared in Harper's, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He's received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Read interviews with Dave Madden at the Rappahannock Review at at Sundog...

Education:

PhD (Creative Writing), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

D.A. Powell

Professor
(415) 422-6076

D. A. Powell's books include Cocktails (Graywolf, 2004) and Chronic (Graywolf, 2009), both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012), winner of the 2013 Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Powell's awards include the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kingsley Tufts Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and the California Book Award. He has taught at Columbia University, University of Iowa, and...

Education:

MA, Sonoma State University, MFA, Iowa Writers' Workshop

Bruce Snider

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4748

Bruce Snider is the recipient of Wallace Stegner, James A. Michener, and Jenny McKean Moore Fellowships. He is also the author of the poetry collections Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena–Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and co-editor with Shara Lessley of an anthology of essays, The Poem’s Country: Place and Poetic Practice (forthcoming, Pleiades Press, March 2018). He is published in Best American Poetry 2012.

Education:

MFA, University of Texas at Austin

Susan Steinberg

Professor
(415) 422-5106

Susan Steinberg is the author of the story collections Spectacle (Graywolf), Hydroplane (FC2), and The End of Free Love (FC2). Her new book of fiction is forthcoming with Graywolf Press. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and other journals and...

Education:

BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ryan Van Meter

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4298

Ryan Van Meter is the author of the essay collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now (2011). His work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Normal School Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre, among others, and has been selected for anthologies including Best American Essays 2009. A recent finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he has also been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Education:

MA, DePaul University, MFA, University of Iowa

Part-Time Faculty


Christopher Arnold

Adjunct Professor

Chris Feliciano Arnold is the author of The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon, a work of narrative nonfiction to be published by Picador USA in March 2018. He has written essays and journalism for Harper's, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Outside, Vice News, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Folha de S. Paulo, Salon, McSweeney's, The Millions and more. His fiction has been published in Playboy, The...

Education:

MFA, Creative Writing, Purdue University, BA, Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

Ari Banias

Adjunct Professor

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (2016), a finalist for the PEN USA Literary award in poetry. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Poetry, A Public Space, and in the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. He is the recipient of fellowships from Stanford University, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Reviews of his work have appeared in Fanzine, Kenyon Review, The San...

Education:

MFA, Hunter College, BA, Sarah Lawrence College

Stephen Beachy

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Stephen Beachy is a past winner of the Michener Award in fiction. He is the author of several novels and two novellas, including The Whistling Song, Distortion, Some Phantom/No Time Flat, boneyard, and Glory Hole.  His work has also been published in High Risk 2, New York Times Magazine, Bomb, and Best Gay American Fiction 1996. He's the prose editor of Your Impossible Voice.

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing, Iowa Writers' Workshop

Lewis Buzbee

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Author of novels Bridge of Time (2012), The Haunting of Charles Dickens (2010), winner of the Northern California Book Award, an Edgar Award nominee, and a Judy Lopez memorial Honor book, Steinbeck's Ghost (2008) which was a Smithsonian Notable Book, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Year, and the winner of the Beatty Award from the California Library Association, and Fliegelman's Desire (1990); stories, After the Gold Rush (2006); and nonfiction...

Education:

MFA in Fiction, Warren Wilson College.

Kirstin Chen

Adjunct Professor

Kirstin Chen is the author of the novels, Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore, and has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers Conference.

Education:

MFA Emerson College, BA Stanford University

Jennifer Cheng

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer S. Cheng is the author of MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems (2018), selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award and named a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2018”; House A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and Invocation: An Essay (2011), an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press. Her poetry and lyric essays appear in Tin House, Conjunctions, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, Hong Kong...

Education:

MFA, Poetry, San Francisco State University, MFA, Nonfiction, University of Iowa, BA, Brown University

Heather Gibbons

Adjunct Professor
(415) 368-8025

Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir (University of Utah Press), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs (Dancing Girl Press), and Flyover (Q Avenue Press). Her poems have appeared in publications such as Best New Poets, Blackbird, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, New American Writing, and the San Francisco Chronicle. A...

Education:

MFA, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop

R.O. Kwon

Adjunct Professor

R.O. Kwon's first novel, The Incendiaries, is forthcoming in 2018 from Riverhead. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, NOON, VICE, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, and the Norman Mailer Writer's Colony.

Education:

MFA, Brooklyn College, BA, Yale University

Lauren Markham

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Lauren Markham is author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, which won the Northern California Book Award and the California Book Award Silver Prize, was longlisted for the Pen America Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award. She’s written for Harper's, Guernica, Orion, The New York Times, Narrative, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor.

Education:

MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts

John McMurtrie

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

John McMurtie is senior editor of Stranger’s Guide, a literary travel magazine launched in 2018. He was books editor of the San Francisco Chronicle from 2008 to 2019. His reviews, essays, and features have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Literary Hub, and Alta.

Education:

BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Nayomi Munaweera

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Nayomi Munaweera is the author of the novelsIsland of a Thousand Mirrors, which won the Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region in 2013, and What Lies Between Us, which won the Sri Lankan National Book Award for best English novel and the Godage Award. She is anthologized in Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian-American Women on Obedience and Rebellion, andAll the Women in My Family Sing.

Education:

MA, University of California, Riverside

Brittany Perham

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Brittany Perham is the author of the poetry collections Double Portrait, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize and finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and The Curiosities. She’s recipient of the Wallace Stegner and Henry Hoyns fellowships, as well as fellowships and awards from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, the James Merrill House Foundation, and the University of Kentucky.

Education:

MFA, University of Virginia

Barbara Reyes

Adjunct Professor

Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, the Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and her MFA from San Francisco State University. Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010), recently noted as a finalist for the California Book Award. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the...

Education:

BA in Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, MFA, San Francisco State University

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Adjunct Professor

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday, 2018). She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Nylon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. She is the book columnist for KQED.

Nina Schuyler

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award and short-listed for the 2014 William Sarayon International Prize for Writing, and The Painting, named a Best Book by San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best American New Voices. She writes a column for Fiction Advocate, “Stunning Sentences,” and reviews children’s books for The Children’s...

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, JD, Hastings College of the Law, BA in Economics, Stanford University

K. M. Soehnlein

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6066

Karl Soehnlein is the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award (novel); the Henfield Prize (short fiction); and the SFFILM/Rainin Filmmaking Grant (screenwriting). He is the author of the novels The World of Normal Boys (2000), You Can Say You Knew Me When (2005), and Robin and Ruby (2010). He has been published in the nonfiction anthologies, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, and in The Village Voice, San Francisco Magazine, and Out. He is a member of...

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing, San Francisco State University

Arisa White

Adjunct Professor

Arisa White is the author of the poetry collections Hurrah’s Nest, finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Award, 82nd California Book Award, and nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, A Penny Saved, and You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. She's the recipient of fellowships from Headlands Center for the Arts, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2005, 2014, and 2016.

Education:

MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Emerti Faculty


Catherine Brady

Professor
(415) 422-5109

Former president, AWP. The Brenda Ueland Prose Prize and the Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Prize. Author of three short story collections: The End of the Class War (1999), finalist for the 2000 Western States Book Award, Curled in the Bed of Love (2003), winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and The Mechanics of Falling (2009), winner of the Northern California Book Award for Fiction; a biography: Elizabeth Blackburn and the Story of Telomeres: Deciphering the Ends of DNA...

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts

Aaron Shurin

Professor
(415) 422-6066

The author of eleven books of poetry and prose, Aaron Shurin is a recipient of California Arts Council Literary Fellowships in poetry (1989, 2002), and fellowships from the NEA and San Francisco Arts Commission in creative nonfiction (1995, 2005). He has taught extensively in the fields of American poetry and poetics, contemporary and classical prosody, improvisational techniques in composition, and the personal essay. His own work is framed by the innovative traditions in lyric poetry as they...

Education:

MA in Poetics, New College of California