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.
Elena is the author of the short-story collection, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator (GenPop Books, 2018), and the poetry collections Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants (Harbor Mountain Press) and mercy mercy me (University of Wisconsin), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award. 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 and the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College. Georgiou is an English-Cypriot originally from London, where she spent the first twenty-seven years of her life. Since then, she has lived in the US — first in New York, now in Vermont. She maintains a website at elenageorgiou.com.
Poetry, Hybrid, Prose
Jan is the author of a dozen books in a range of genres, including the hybrid text Veiled Spill: A Sequence (GenPop Books, 2014). Her 1999 Memoir Apples and Oranges: My Journey through Sexual Identity will be reissued by Seven Stories Press in 2017. Recent poetry titles include From a Glass House and If You Like Difficulty. Prose titles include the story collection Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover; and the novels Sinking, Stealing and The Prosperine Papers. Jan 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. He website is ablationsite.org.
Poetry, Prose, Libretto
Beatrix’s 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. Her website is beatrixgates.com.
Aimee’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. Her website is: www.aimeeliu.net.
Rogelio 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.
Victoria 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).
Richard’s most recent book is The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). A Guggenheim Fellow in science writing, Richard is the author of The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, which won the 2012 Science Communication award from the American Institute of Physics. He was also the 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 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 before he begins his research, would know little or nothing about the topic at hand.
Sherri L. Smith
Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Nonfiction
Sherri is the multiple award-winning author of YA novels Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Flygirl 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. sherrilsmith.com
Deborah writes plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for The Women of Lockerbie, which won the Onassis international playwriting competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American plays award. Translated into nine languages, the play is regularly performed around the world. Her other plays, which have been produced in regional theatres in the US and internationally, include Blue Moon Over Memphis (a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley), The Poetry of Pizza, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Comfort Team, The Velvet Weapon and My Lord What Night. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre for King Island Christmas and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing. Her operas include Embedded and Steal a Pencil for Me, both of which won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport Press. She’s an alumnus of New Dramatists, a board member for the National Theatre Conference and a cofounder of Theatre Without Borders, dedicated to international theatre exchange.
Poetry, Memoir, Libretto
Kenny 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).
Poetry, Prose, Hybrid
Bhanu 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; Kelsey Street Press, 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.” She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, and for Naropa University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program in Boulder, Colorado. Her website is thesparklyblogofbhanukapil.blogspot.com.
Playwrighting, Screenwriting, TV writing, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, Fiction, Young Adult
Susan Kim writes plays, graphic novels, screenplays, YA fiction, and nonfiction, as well as documentaries and teleplays for children’s television. Her graphic novel, Brain Camp (cowritten with husband Laurence Klavan) was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Scholastic Book Fair Selection, one of 2010’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens by the American Library Association, and is scheduled to be republished as a mass market paperback in 2015. Their graphic novel City of Spies was chosen for the Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List by the Texas Library Association, Scripps Howard News Service’s Favorite Books of 2010, and Comic Book Resources’ Favorite Books of 2010. She also won the Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary for Paving the Way, the Drama League of New York Award for Outstanding New Play for Open Spaces, and has been nominated for national Emmy Award five times and the Writers Guild of America award three times. She lives in New York City.
Douglas A. Martin
Poetry, Hybrid, Memoir, Fiction
Douglas is the author of the novel, Once You Go Back (Seven Stories Press), nominated for a Lambda Award in the Gay Memoir/Biography category and recorded as an Audibletitle. 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.
John 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. 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. His website is: johnmcmanus.net.
Keenan’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 Empire, New 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. His website is: keenannorris.com
RAHNA REIKO RIZZUTO
Reiko is the author of Shadow Child, a suspenseful literary historical novel published in 2018. Her first novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award, and her memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, 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. 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 “hapa,” Japanese/Caucasian, and was raised in Hawaii. She is the founder of the writing retreat Pele’s Fire on the Big Island of Hawaii. www.rahnareikorizzuto.com