M.F.A. in Creative Writing Faculty
Office: 108 Mason
Phone: (516) 463-5397
Erik Brogger is a founding member of The Playwrights’ Center, a national organization devoted to developing new dramatic work. His plays, which have been produced off-Broadway and at major regional theaters throughout the country, include A Normal Life, Strangers’ Ground, and The Paranormal Review. His play Copperhead was commissioned and later produced by the Bush Theatre in London. His recent plays include Dreaming in the Crescent City (presented as a staged reading at The Ensemble Studio Theatre), River Road and We Started Without You. He is currently at work on a new play, set in Brooklyn, with the working title of Cobble Hill.
Office: 109 Mason
Patricia Horvath's work has appeared in literary journals including Shenandoah, Confrontation, Georgetown Review, The Laurel Review, Cream City Review, Puerto del Sol, Saranac Review, and 2 Bridges Review. She is a recipient of the Bellevue Literary Review's Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature. She lives in New York City and is an editor at The Massachusetts Review.
Office: 107 Mason
Phillis Levin is the author of four books of poetry – Temples and Fields, The Afterimage, Mercury, and May Day – and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. Her honors include the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, an Ingram Merrill grant, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Julia Markus received the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award for her first novel, Uncle, which was followed by three well-received novels, American Rose, Friends Along the Way and A Change of Luck, as well as her critically acclaimed biographies, Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning and Across An Untried Sea: Discovering Lives Hidden in the Shadow of Convention and Time. She has won a National Endowment for the Arts grant and two National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Her most recent book is J. Anthony Froude: The Last Undiscovered Great Victorian.
Martha McPhee is the author of the novels Bright Angel Time, Gorgeous Lies, L’America, and 2010’s Dear Money. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2002 she was nominated for a National Book Award.
Additional Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty
Fiction and Nonfiction
Bill McGee is the author of Attention All Passengers: The Truth About the Airlines, a contributing editor to Consumer Reports and a travel columnist for USAToday.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and many other publications.
Paul Zimmerman’s plays include Pigs and Bugs, Reno, and The Founder. He is the screenwriter for Tribe Picture’s A Modern Affair. His fiction has also appeared in Confrontation magazine.
Janet Kaplan is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Groundnote, The Glazier’s Country, and Dreamlife of a Philanthropist. Her work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, The Paris Review, and many other journals. She is the recipient of a fellowship in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Godot Grant in poetry from Rattapallax Press, and a grant from the Vogelstein Foundation.
Robert Plath is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Ashtrays & Bulls, Whiskey and Clay, and Tapping Ashes in the Dark.
Richard Pioreck’s plays include: Say It Ain’t So, Joe, Nicolette and Aucassin (book and lyrics), This Is It!, How I Came To Be and Grocery Encounters. Currently in development are Winesburg (book and lyrics) – based on Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, as well as the screenplay for Green, based on The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Paul Zimmerman (See Fiction and Nonfiction section.)