MFA courses are taught by distinguished writers and scholars whose cultural contributions resonate with the program's view that writing and service are a joined enterprise.
- Amy Bass (history, sports and culture, writing for digital media)
- David Goewey (creative nonfiction, Buddhism)
- Steven Hobbs, MFA Program Director (short story, the novel, religious narrative)
- Mitchell Jackson (the novel, the short story, and poetry)
- Sophie McManus (the novel)
- Bushra Rehman (the novel, young adult fiction)
- Nereida Seguro-Rico (comparative literature, critical theory)
- Nick Smart (English and American literature, critical theory, public criticism)
- Daniel Smith (creative nonfiction, memoir)
- Jackson Taylor (historical fiction, the novel)
Daniel Smith (memoir, the essay)
Daniel Smith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety (Simon and Schuster). He previously published Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity (Penguin). He has appeared on “The Colbert Report” and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly, and a former editor for The Atlantic Monthly.
Sophie McManus (the novel)
Sophie McManus is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Unfortunates, which is shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Great Writers Discover Selection, and a Publishers Weekly 2015 buzz book. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Memorious, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Jentel Foundation. She was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program. She also teaches writing in Brooklyn, New York.
Steven Hobbs, MFA Program Director (the novel, the short story, religious narrative)
Steven Hobbs was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida, a setting that serves as the backdrop for much of his writing. His story, “At the Turn,” was recently published in a new literary journal out of Yale University called Letters and another, “The Prophet,” was selected as a finalist for this year’s J.F. Powers Short Story Prize. In addition to his work as a writer, Hobbs teaches creative writing and literature at the College of New Rochelle and teaches a course on the Bible as literature for the MFA program at St. Joseph’s College. He has also created and taught courses on religious themes in contemporary short fiction at Yale University. He serves on the committee for the Prison Writing Program at PEN American Center and holds an MA in religion and literature from Yale as well as an MFA in creative writing from The New School.
Mitchell Jackson (the novel, the short story, and poetry)
Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Times of London. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. His novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN/ Hemingway Award for First Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His honors include fellowships from TED, the Lannan Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the BreadLoaf Conference, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, Salon, and Tin House.
Nick Smart (English and American literature, critical theory, public criticism)
Dr. Smart’s research and writing interests include women novelists, women in the novel, the history of the novel, literary theory, cultural criticism, and fiction writing. Dr. Smart also has a scholarly interest in the music of Bob Dylan, and teaches a class titled “The Singer-Songwriter” about the influence of this artist’s music. He also gave the lecture “'Never Do You Justice in Reason or Rhyme’: The Talent of Bob Dylan” at the Larchmont Village Center in October 2010, which aired on Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Television. Dr. Smart is co-editor of Dylan at Play (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), a collection of essays about Bob Dylan for use by students and fans alike.
Nereida Segura-Rico (comparative literature, critical theory)
Nereida Segura-Rico, a native of Spain, specializes in comparative literature of the Americas, with an interest in African-American and Afro-Hispanic literature. Her areas of research are testimonial writing; Caribbean literature; Latino/a literature in the U.S.; and the politics of memory. She is currently working on narratives by and about migrants to the United States and on chronicles of violence in Latin America. Dr. Segura-Rico teaches a wide range of courses in Spanish language and in Spanish and Spanish-American literature and culture, both for the department of Modern and Classical languages and for the core curriculum in the School of Arts & Sciences. Her course offerings include Testimonial Writing and Human Rights in Latin America; Modern Spain: Nationalism and Identity; Literature of the Spanish Caribbean; Advanced Composition; and Contemporary Hispanic Readings.
Amy Bass (history, sports and culture, writing for digital media)
A historian by training, with a focus on identity politics and American culture, Amy Bass is the author of several nonfiction works, including Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete, In the Game: Race, Identity and Sports in the 20th Century, and Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois. She is a contributor to the South Atlantic Quarterly, Salon, Slate, CNN Opinion, and The Christian Century and won an Emmy Award for her work as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports. Dr. Bass also hosts a weekly radio show at WVOX called “Conversations with Amy Bass.” A graduate of Bates College, she received her Ph.D. in history with a comparative field in cultural studies from Stony Brook University.
David Goewey (creative nonfiction, Buddhism)
David Goewey is the author of Crash Out: The True Tale of a Hell's Kitchen Kid and the Bloodiest Escape in Sing Sing History (Crown). His work has also appeared in Signs of Life in the U.S.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (Bedford); Tricycle: The Buddhist Review; and The New York Times. He teaches at The College of New Rochelle/School of New Resources, and lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
Jackson Taylor (the novel, historical fiction, poetry)
Jackson Taylor’s novel The Blue Orchard was published by Simon and Schuster in 2010, and Publisher’s Weekly has called the book an American classic. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals, anthologies and magazines. For more than twenty-five years he’s directed the Prison Writing Program at writer's organization P.E.N. American Center, where he co-wrote the program’s Handbook for Writers in Prison. For many years he taught creative writing at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in lower Manhattan, and at Mediabistro where he worked with journalists to develop independent projects; in 1996, he was one of the founders of the The New School’s graduate writing program, and in 2012 he launched The Writer’s Foundry MFA at St. Joseph’s College, where he holds the distinguished Marie Ponsot Chair.
Bushra Rehman (the novel, young adult fiction)
Bushra Rehman's first novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian in the United States, was included in Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction issue of 2013 and featured in the LA Review of Books among a new wave of radical South Asian American Literature. Rehman's first YA novel about the same characters will be released by Tor/Macmillan in Fall 2017. Rehman is also the co-creator of the seminal anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which has been adopted as essential reading material in women’s studies and ethnic studies classes around the United States. Colonize This! was included in Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” She has served as a teaching artist for Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Urban Word NYC, Community Word Project, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She also teaches in the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter.