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The writers who teach in the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program have been published and produced internationally, and are recognized in their fields. They are active writers. Collectively, current and recent faculty members have published more than 150 books, had plays produced around the world, and won most of the major U.S. literary awards, a short list of which includes: the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Creative Capital Grant for Innovative Literature, the U.S. Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Book Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the World Fantasy Award, the New Dramatists’ Joe Callaway Award and Whitfield Cook Award, the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays’ Roger Stevens Award, the Drama-Logue Award, and the Greenwall Foundation’s Oscar Ruebhausen Commission, the Revson Fellow for the Future of New York City at Columbia University, Stonewall Award for Improving the Lives of Lesbians and Gays in the United States, American Library Association Book Award, and the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction, among many others.

Read more about their achievements here, and visit the Goddard College website to learn about their teaching styles.

Kyle Bass, Goddard MFAW facultyKyle Bass holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, where he studied playwriting with Tony award nominee Leslie Lee, Deborah Brevoort, and Mary Gallagher. Kyle’s full-length play Wind in the Field was a semi-finalist for the 2005 Princess Grace Playwriting award. His short plays have received readings at The Armory Square Playhouse in Syracuse, New York. In 2005, the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York, produced Kyle’s 10-minute play Fall/Out. In 1998, he received the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship in fiction writing. Kyle is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.


DeborahBrevoortNewHeadshotDeborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is performed throughout the United States and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition. Translated into 10 languages, the play has had nearly 400 productions to date. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre for King Island Christmas with David Friedman and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Richards. Her plays, which have been produced at Virginia Stage, Purple Rose, Barter Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Mixed Blood and numerous other theaters, include The Poetry of Pizza, The Comfort Team, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Velvet Weapon, Signs of Life and others. Her work is published by Dramatist Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport Press. Brevoort is an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a member of ASCAP and the National Theatre Conference. She wrote the opera librettos for Embedded (composer: Patrick Soluri), which was commissioned by the American Lyric Theater and won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera; Steal a Pencil for Me (composer Gerald Cohen) and new adaptations of Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s The Impressario for the Anchorage Opera. Blue Moon Over Memphis, her Noh drama about Elvis Presley is being produced in the traditional Noh style by Theatre Nohgaku and will begin touring internationally in 2015. Her latest project is Crossing Over, an Amish Hip Hop musical, with Stephanie Salzman. It is currently in development.


Rebecca Brown, credit: Andrea Auge. Goddard MFAW facultyRebecca Brown is the author of 12 books published in the U.S. and abroad including American Romances, The Dogs, The Terrible Girls, Gifts Of The Body, Excerpts From A Family Medical Dictionary; a play, The Toaster; libretto for dance opera The Onion Twins; performance piece, Monstrous. Her visual work has appeared in museums in the U.S. and Canada.  Brown has received awards from The Stranger, Boston Book Review, Lambda Literary Foundation, and MacDowell, among others. She’s taught in college and university settings in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years.


Jan Clausen, Goddard MFAW facultyJan Clausen is the author of a dozen books in a range of genres, including Veiled Spill: A Sequence, from GenPop Books (2014). Other recent poetry collections are From a Glass House and If You Like Difficulty. Prose titles include the story collection Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover; the novels Sinking, Stealing and The Prosperine Papers; and the memoir Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity. Clausen’s poetry and creative prose are widely published in journals and anthologies; her book reviews and literary journalism have appeared in Boston Review, Ms., The Nation, Poets & Writers, and The Women’s Review of Books. She is the recipient of writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.




Darrah Cloud, Goddard MFAW facultyDarrah Cloud’s most recently produced plays include: Our Suburb, at Theater J in Washington, DC, What’s Bugging Greg?  and Joan The Girl Of Arc, at Cincinnati Playhouse,  and the musical Makeover in development at the University of Iowa. Also in the works: a new play, The Amateur Jesus, and lyrics for Sabina, a musical adaptation of Willy Holtzman’s play. Past productions include: HeartLand, The Stick Wife, the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!, The Sirens, the stage adaptation of The Boxcar Children, The Mud Angel, Braille Garden and American Siddhartha. She recently won the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences. She has written numerous movies for CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and New Dramatists, and is the co-chair of Half Moon Writers, the development wing of the Half Moon Theatre in the Hudson Valley.


Kenny Fries, Goddard MFAW facultyKenny Fries is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and Body, Remember:  A Memoir, as well as the editor of Staring Back:  The Disability Experience from the Inside Out.  His books of poems include Anesthesia and Desert Walking.  In the Province of the Gods, for which he received the grant in innovative literature from Creative Capital, is forthcoming.  He was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for “The Memory Stone,” which premiered at Asia Society Texas Center.  He has been a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright Scholar to Japan, and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.  Stumbling over History, his current project, received a grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange).


Beatrix Gates, Goddard MFAW facultyBeatrix Gates’ poetry collections include Dos (Finishing Line Press, 2014); Ten Minutes and In the Open. Gates, with Electa Arenal, translated Jesús Aguado’s The Poems of Vikram Babu (HOST), and received a Witter Bynner Award. A fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross and VCCA, Gates’ poetry has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Bloom, Tupelo Quarterly 3, Ploughshares and THE WORLD IN US: Lesbian & Gay Poetry of the Next Wave. Librettist and conceiver of the opera, The Singing Bridge, Gates shared support with composer Anna Dembska from the NEA; Davis & LEF Foundations for the premiere at the Stonington Opera House. Gates edited The Wild Good: Lesbian Writings and Photographs on Love and founded Granite Press, publisher of the bilingual IXOK AMAR.GO, Central American Women Poets for Peace.



Elena-Georgiou, Goddard MFAW facultyElena Georgiou is the author of Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants, from Harbor Mountain Press, and mercy mercy me, which won a Lambda Literary Award for poetry, was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award, and was reissued by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2003. She is also co-editor (with Michael Lassell) of the poetry anthology, The World In Us (St. Martin’s Press). Georgiou has won an Astraea Emerging Writers Award, a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work appears in journals such as BOMB, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Gargoyle, Lumina, MiPoesia, and Spoon River Review. She is an editor at Tarpaulin Sky Press.  A Cypriot by way of the U.K., Georgiou spent the first twenty-seven years of her life in London, England. Since then, she has lived in the US — first in New York, now in Vermont. Her website is: elenageorgiou.com.


Bhanu Profile PicBhanu Kapil is the author of five full length books: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006: forthcoming in a new edition: Kelsey Street Press, Fall 2016), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat Books, 2011), Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015).  A roundtable on her work appeared at the Believer, “Reading Bhanu Kapil.”  Bhanu maintains a blog on the “daily life of a writer” at Was Jack Kerouac A Punjabi? And tweets at https://twitter.com/Thisbhanu. She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, and for Naropa University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program in Boulder, Colorado.


Photo: Ariel Zambelich
Photo: Ariel Zambelich

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran in 1977 to a Kurdish father and an Esfahani mother. Her family left the country at the onset of the Islamic Revolution in 1977 and arrived in the US five years later. She worked as a documentary filmmaker for four years and directed the A&E feature documentary 900 Women about six women in a Louisiana State Penitentiary. Her first novel, The Age of Orphans, was a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Barnes and Noble Discovery Award, nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and translated into eight languages. She has served as the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Fiction Fellow at Emory University, and as a finalist for the Rolex Mentor-Protégé Initiative. Her second book, The Walking, was published in spring 2013. She lives in California. Her website is: http://laleh-khadivi.com/



susan kim, Goddard MFAW facultySusan Kim wrote the YA trilogy, Wasteland (HarperTeen, 2013) with her husband Laurence Klavan. Kim wrote the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service), The Arrangement, Where It Came From, Open Spaces, and the book to the musicals Merlin’s Apprentice (with Stephen Cole & Matthew Ward) and Allison Under the Stars (with Zina Goldrich and Marcie Heisler). Her one-acts include Memento Mori (Smith & Krauss), Pandora, Dreamtime for Alice (Farrar Strauss, Dramatists Play Service), Rapid Eye Movement, Seventh Word Four Syllables, and Death and the Maiden. She co-authored the nonfiction book Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation, with graphic designer Elissa Stein. Additionally, she’s written two graphic novels with her partner, playwright Laurence Klavan: City of Spies (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and Brain Camp (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks). She has five Emmy nominations and four Writers Guild Award nominations. She won the Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary in 1996 for PBS’ Paving the Way. Other documentaries include Icebound, AMC’s Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, WLIW’s Through My Eyes, and the 3-part PBS series, The Meaning of Food.


Michael Klein, Goddard MFAW facultyMichael Klein’s third book of poems, The Talking Day (Sibling Rivalry Press) is both a Thom Gunn Award Finalist and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist.  His second book, then, we were still living (GenPop Books), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and his first book, “1990”, tied with James Schuyler’s Collected Poems to win the award in 1993.  His new book, When I Was a Twin will be published in the fall of 2015 by Sibling Rivalry Press.  He also has written a collection of short, lyric essays, “States of Independence” which won the 2011 BLOOM Chapbook contest in non-fiction judged by Rigoberto Gonzalez and was published in 2012 and two memoirs Track Conditions (Lambda Literary Award finalist) and The End of Being Known, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.  His poems, essays and interviews with American poets have appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review, BLOOM, Fence, Tin House, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, Poets & Writers and many other publications.  He has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Binghamton University, Manhattanville and for the last 15 years has been part of the writing faculty at Goddard College, in Vermont.  For many years he was on the faculty of the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was a fellow in 1990 and now teaches at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts.  He lives in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts.


Aimee Liu, Goddard MFAW facultyAimee Liu’s work includes the novels Flash House; Cloud Mountain; and Face, and the memoirs Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders and Solitaire. She is the co-editor of The Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing, and Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovery from Eating Disorders. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her short fiction has received Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She also has co-authored more than seven books on health and psychological topics. Liu holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars.  She is a past president of PEN USA and a current member of the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA program in creative writing at Port Townsend, WA.



Micheline Marcom, Goddard MFAW facultyMicheline Aharonian Marcom was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and raised in Los Angeles.  She has published five novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century.  She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation.  Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a New York Times Notable Book and Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction.  Her second novel, The Daydreaming Boy, won the PEN/USA Award for Fiction.  In 2008, Marcom taught in Beirut, Lebanon on a Fulbright Fellowship. Her fifth book, A Brief History of Yes, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2014. A film version of Marcom’s first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, is currently in pre-production with a screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera, and Shekhar Kepar to direct.


Douglas A. Martin, Credit: Jessica Watson. Goddard MFAW faculty
Credit: Jessica Watson

Douglas A. Martin is the author most recently of a novel, Once You Go Back (Seven Stories Press), nominated for a Lambda Award in the Gay Memoir/Biography category and recorded as an Audible title. His other books include: Branwell, a novel of the Brontë brother (Ferro-Grumley Award finalist); They Change the Subject, a book of stories (including Pushcart Prize nominated “An Escort”) named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Times; and In the Time of Assignments, a collection of poetry. He is also a co-author with friends of the haiku year. His first book of prose, Outline of My Lover, was named an International Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement and adapted in part by The Forsythe Company for the live film ballet “Kammer/Kammer.” His work has been translated into Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese. As a critic, his pieces have appeared in such volumes as Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre and Biting the Error: Forty Writers Explore Narrative. Raised in Georgia, he now lives in New York and divides time between Brooklyn and upstate.


Rogelio Martinez, Goddard MFAW facultyRogelio Martinez is the winner of the first ever Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company. Ping Pong, his play about Nixon, Mao, and the hippie that brought the two together, will be produced at The Public as part of their Public Studio series.  His new play, Born in East Berlin, will be given a workshop at the Arden in January.  Some of Rogelio’s plays include Wanamaker’s Pursuit  (Arden Theater),  When Tang Met Laika  (Sloan Grant/ Denver Center/ Perry Mansfield),  All Eyes and Ears (INTAR at Theater Row),  Fizz (NEA/ TCG Grant/ Besch Solinger Productions at the Ohio Theatre, New Theater Miami),  Learning Curve (Smith and Krauss New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2005/ Besch Solinger Productions at Theater Row),  I Regret She’s Made of Sugar (winner of the 2001 Princess Grace Award),  Arrivals and Departures (Summer Play Festival),  Union City… (E.S.T, winner of the James Hammerstein Award), and Displaced  (Marin Theater Co.) In addition, Rogelio’s work has been developed and presented at the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, the Magic Theater, and Ojai Theater Company among others. Rogelio is an alumnus of New Dramatists and his plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing. He has received commissions from the Mark Taper Forum, the Atlantic Theater Company, the Arden Theater Company, Denver Center Theater, and South Coast Repertory.  In the past Rogelio has been profiled in a cover story in American Theater Magazine. In addition to writing, Rogelio teaches playwriting at Goddard College, Montclair University, and Primary Stages as well as private workshops. For several years Rogelio was a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. In television, Rogelio has written for Astroblast, a children’s television show. Rogelio was born in Cuba and arrived in this country in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift.  He lives in New York with his family.


John McManus, Goddard MFAW facultyJohn McManus is the author of four books of fiction: Stop Breakin Down, Born on a Train, Bitter Milk, and his latest story collection, Fox Tooth Heart, forthcoming from Sarabande Books in November 2015. He is contributing editor at Fiddleblack, a small press and literary journal dedicated to creative writing with a strong sense of place. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, The Oxford American, The Literary Review, and Harvard Review, among other journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award, a Creative Capital grant for innovative literature, and a Fulbright Scholar grant for a novel-in-progress involving gay refugees in South Africa. He grew up in East Tennessee and lives in Virginia.



Victoria Nelson, credit: Candy Riddell. Goddard MFAW faculty
credit: Candy Riddell

Victoria Nelson is a fiction writer and essayist, author of two books of stories, a memoir, and the award-winning critical books The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothicka. She is also cotranslator of Letters, Drawings and Essays of Bruno Schulz. Her screenplay adaptation of  a classic English thriller will be produced as a feature film in the UK. You can see more of her work here: “Stephenie Meyer and the 21st century Vampire Romance” (YouTube at the Claremont Graduate School for Writers in Action); A BESTIARY OF MY HEART (podcast from City Lights Bookstore); “Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco” (podcast).


keenan norrisKeenan Norris’s novel Brother and the Dancer is the winner of the James D. Houston Award and was also nominated for the inaugural John Leonard Prize for first books. Keenan’s work has appeared in numerous forums, including recent pieces on blacks in tech and college student-athlete ethics at popmatters.com, his essay on Oscar Grant’s murder in BOOM: A Journal of California, and “Ben Carson, Thug Life and Malcolm X” in the Los Angeles Review of Books. His short stories have appeared in Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California’s Inland EmpireNew California Writing 2013, Eleven-Eleven, and the Santa Monica, Evansville and Green Mountains Reviews. He has also published peer-reviewed scholarship, most recently his essay “Coal, Charcoal and Chocolate Comedy: On the Satire of Mat Johnson and John O. Killens” in Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity After Civil Rights. He is the editor of the seminal critical work Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape. His commentaries on that anthology and issues related to it have been featured in the Financial Times, Huffington Post and New York Observer. Keenan is a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow and think tank member and also serves on the editorial board for Literature for Life, a Los Angeles-based online literary journal, salon, and resource for educators K-12 designed to spark a love of reading and writing. Keenan serves as guest editor for the Oxford African American Studies Center. He is an English professor at Evergreen Valley College and is also a lecturer, teaching Black Lit and Creative Writing, at California State University, East Bay. www.keenannorris.com/


Richard Panek, Goddard MFAW facultyA Guggenheim Fellow in science writing, Richard Panek is most recently the author of The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, which won the American Institute of Physics communication award in 2012, and co-author, with Temple Grandin, of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, a New York Times best-seller and the recipient of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2013. He also wrote the National Geographic giant-format museum movie Robots 3D.  His educational and professional background is in both journalism and fiction, disciplines he combines in trying to illuminate the history and philosophy of science even for readers who, like himself, would know little or nothing about the subject.


Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Goddard MFAW faculty
Credit: John Searcy

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the author of the memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning (Feminist Press 2010), which was a National Book Critics Circle Finalist, an Asian American Literary Award Finalist, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee, and the winner of the Grub Street National Book Award. Her first novel, Why She Left Us (HarperCollins 2000), won an American Book Award. She is also a recipient of the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was Associate Editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City and is a Hedgebrook alumna. Reiko has been interviewed widely on motherhood including on The Today Show, 20/20, and The View. Her articles on motherhood, Hiroshima, the Japanese internment camps and radiation poisoning have been published globally, including in the L.A. Times, Guardian UK, CNN Opinion and Salon, and through the Progressive Media Project. She is a faculty member at Goddard College in the MFA in Creative Writing program, and is the advisor of the national literary journal, Clockhouse.  Reiko is Japanese/Caucasian and was raised in Hawaii. www.rahnareikorizzuto.com. @r3reiko. Facebook: www.facebook.com/RahnaReikoRizzuto


Sherris-Headshots-016Sherri L. Smith is the multiple award-winning author of YA novels Lucy the GiantSparrowHot Sour Salty SweetFlygirl and Orleans. In October 2015, she made her middle grade debut with The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, Junior Library Guild Selections and appear on multiple state reading lists. Flygirl, a WWII novel about a light-skinned black girl who passes for white in order to join the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist and was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post. In 2012, Sherri made her first foray into speculative fiction with the “cli fi” novel, Orleans, a book dedicated to her mother, who survived Hurricane Katrina. The Toymaker’s Apprentice, a vibrant retelling of the story of the Nutcracker, is a Southern California Independent Bookstore bestseller. She has just sold a graphic novel, and is writing her first nonfiction project. Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction, including stop-motion animation on Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, and spent three years at Disney TV Animation, helping to create stories for animated home video projects. She was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People’s Literature category. She is a three-time writer-in-resident at Hedgebrook retreat in Washington State, as well as a resident at Wassard Elea retreat, in Ascea, Italy. http://sherrilsmith.com/


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