• Writers discussing work


  • The poets, essayists, memoirists, and novelists who have taught and studied at The New School compose an encyclopedia of modern American literature. A brief, incomplete, and somewhat random list of historical literary figures tallies Berenice Abbott, Joan Acocella, Hannah Arendt, John Ashberry, W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Teju Cole, Billy Collins, W. E. B. Du Bois, Kay Boyle, André Breton, Jericho Brown, Anatole Broyard, Stephanie Burt, Anne Carson, Peter Caret, Lucille Clifton, Sigrid de Lima, Lydia Davis, Jacques Derrida, Ani DiFranco, Carol Muske Dukes, Jennifer Egan, Jeffrey Eugenides, Betty Friedan, Robert Frost, Louise Glück, William Goyen, Jorie Graham, Horace Gregory, Daniel Halpern, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Hoagland, bell hooks, David Ignatow, Leslie Jamison, Alfred Kazin, Jack Kerouac, Jamaica Kincaid, Carolyn Kizer, Lisa Ko, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Madeleine L’Engle, Dorothea Lasky, Pearl London, Robert Lowell, Thomas Mann, Jacques Maritain, David Markson, Bernadette Mayer, Joyce Carol Oates, Jenny Offill, Frank O'Hara, Mario Puzo, May Sarton, Robyn Schiff, Tracy K. Smith, Layli Long Soldier, Gilbert Sorrentino, Mark Strand, Sekou Sundiata, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Tate, Hannah Tinti, Charles Tomlinson, Jean Valentine, John Waters, Eudora Welty, Ruth Westheimer, Tennessee Williams, Colson Whitehead, Kevin Young, and Marguerite Young.


    Since the inception of the MFA Program in 1996, our Creative Writing faculty have spanned an extraordinary retinue of contemporary authors. A brief, incomplete, and somewhat random list tallies Hilton Als, Catherine Barnett, Shanna Compton, Karen Ellis, Angela Flournoy, John Freeman, Mary Gaitskill, Carol Goodman, Lucy Grealy, David Howe, David Hajdu, Amy Hempel, A. M Homes, Richard Howard, Fanny Howe, Hettie Jones, James Lasdun, David Levithan, Phillip Lopate, Sarah Manguso, Greil Marcus, Douglas Martin, Patrick McGrath, Maggie Nelson, Sigird Nunez, Sidney Offit, Danielle Pafunda, Francine Prose, Camille Rankine, Lucy Sante, Jill Santopolo, Sapphire, Tor Seidler, Dani Shapiro, Prageeta Sharma, Benjamin Taylor, Lynne Tillman, Renée Watson, Sarah Weeks, Susan Wheeler, Tiphanie Yanique, Jenny Zhang.

    Today, our master teachers (see the current faculty page) are themselves celebrated authors.

  • Creative Writing students have access to traditional, modern, and innovative workspaces. Our facilities, including libraries, computer labs, study spaces, collaboration rooms, and media production facilities, help students grow creatively, collaboratively, and intellectually.

  • Creative Writing faculty serve as coordinators for each genre of study offered by the program, providing one-on-one advising sessions to help students select courses, discuss their works-in-progress, and navigate the world of writing and publishing through graduation and beyond. In addition to teaching and serving as advisors, faculty host and attend program events and teach weekend master classes. The program also holds teas, inviting faculty, students, alumni, and special guests to gather and exchange ideas in an informal setting.
  • Get to know Creative Writing through the program’s blog, featuring interviews with students and alumni and an interactive bookshelf of works from the Creative Writing community.

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