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MattElz
Matt Elzweig
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Jun 14, 2005, 7:19 PM

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Anyone willing to name the names of people who are good writers AND teachers and where they teach? (You hear so much about MFA personnel who are great at one and terrible at the other).


libbyagain


Jun 15, 2005, 9:49 AM

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Lou Berney, at St. Mary's College in CA, is a fabulous teacher. He's also a good writer--one who felt, a couple years ago, probably rightly, that his own writing was being too impinged upon by his teaching, so he took a sabbatical.

I worked with Lou at Squaw Valley, not at the MFA program. My sense at Squaw was, though, that folks at St. Mary's were devoted to him, and he to them. He was also generous enough to be in touch for a while with me, a virtual stranger, which seems like an awfully good sign.

He struck me as someone whose talents really went lots of ways--that he could hardly help but be a dynamite and devoted teacher, because it was in his blood so to speak. . . EVEN when he knew it was interfering with his own writing.

Elizabeth


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Jun 15, 2005, 11:35 AM

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I don't know where Alicia Ostriker is teaching now, but she's a terrific teacher and a wonderful poet. I'd also recommend highly two of my Goddard advisors, Paul Selig (playwright, but also very good on narrative structure) and Sarah Schulman (novelist and playwright).

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smg225
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Jun 15, 2005, 1:02 PM

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I'm pretty sure Alicia Ostriker is at Rutgers, though she may still be also at Princeton. Both are undergraduate-only programs, btw.

Did I read somewhere she's retiring? I may have, but I may be confusing her with another Rutgers writing prof.


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Jun 15, 2005, 1:42 PM

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Dr. Ostriker was teaching undergrads at Rutgers when I took her course (Techniques of Poetry). Her then-husband, Dr. Jeremiah, was teaching cosmology at Princeton. Kind of a high-powered academic couple.

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Jun 15, 2005, 5:20 PM

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Pongo, when did you go to R.U.? I was there 89-93 (and I'm back in the area, living just over the river, actually).

I never took Dr. Ostriker's class, but did Laurie Sheck and Alan M. Parker. I have heard all sorts of wonderful things about her, though.


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Jun 15, 2005, 5:40 PM

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I graduated a bit before you were born: 1970.

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Jun 15, 2005, 6:21 PM

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I had a great teacher and writer at the Writer's Voice program in NYC. Not an MFA, I know, but for what it's worth... Beth Ann Bauman is her name. She has a terrific short story collection called "Beautiful Girls" and she is a wonderful teacher.


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Pongo,

I'll say.

I only know of AO as an elder lady of letters. What was she like then?


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Jun 15, 2005, 6:57 PM

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We didn't know she was a significant poet. We thought of her mostly as a good teacher and an older (older than us, anyway) hot babe.

dmh


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podi


Aug 25, 2005, 6:06 AM

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hi ceb,
can you please tell me more about the Writer's Voice program? I'm not familiar with it but have heard of Beth Ann Bauman... any info on this or other workshops (not necessarily tied to MFA) would be much appreciated.

thanks,
sergio


maggiemessitt


Sep 3, 2005, 8:30 AM

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I suppose it would be more helpful when suggesting good teachers to know what genre you work in. If you are interested in Nonfiction Writers that teach, i can name a few. In poetry, I can name only one.

NONFICTION WRITERS

Thomas French is the author of Unanswered Cries, the chronicle of a murder case, and South of Heaven, which details a year in the life of a Florida high school. He is a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, where he specializes in book-length narrative series. He won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and a Sigma Delta Chi award for Angels & Demons, a seven-part series about the murders of a mother and her two daughters. His work has been excerpted in America's Best Newspaper Writing. Tom currently teaches at Goucher College's MFA in Creative Nonfiction program.

Diana Hume George is the author of The Lonely Other: A Woman Watching America and co-editor of The Family Track, an anthology of essays. An essayist, poet and critic, her other books include A Genesis: Resurrection of the Body, and Blake and Freud. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays and such publications as Creative Nonfiction and MS. She is the former director of the women's/gender studies and creative writing programs at Penn State at Erie, Behrend College. Diana currently teaches at Goucher College's MFA in Creative Nonfiction program.

Lisa Knopp is the author of three collections of essays: The Nature of Home, an exploration of the concept of home; Field of Vision, nature essays about Iowa and Nebraska; and Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape. Her essays have appeared in such literary journals as Shenandoah, Cimarron Review, Northwest Review, Missouri Review, Michigan Review and Creative Nonfiction. They have also been listed as Notable Essays in Best American Essays of 1991, 1994, 2000, and 2002. She formerly taught literary nonfiction in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. I am pretty sure she now teaches at University of Nebraska, Omaha, but i am unsure if it is graduate or undergraduate writing.

POETS

Carolyn Forché is known as a political poet, calling herself a "poet of witness." A native of Detroit, she attended Michigan State University and earned an MFA degree from Bowling Green State University. He debut collection, Gathering of the Tribes (1976), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. The Country Between Us (1982), a volume that focused on the civil war in El Salvador during the 1970s, won the Lamont Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets. Her other books include an anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (which she edited and which was published in 1993), and The Angel of History (1994). In 1994, Forche received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry.

She has translated the work of Arthur Rimbaud, works by Salvadoran poets and novelists, and with William Kulik, Robert Desnos' Selected Poetry. In addition to writing the text of El Salvador: Works of Thirty Photographers, she has published articles, book reviews, and essays in Granta, The New York Times, Washington Post, The American Poetry Review, Esquire, Mother Jones, The Nation, and others. Forché has won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award and the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum. She recently was featured in the PBS series "The Language of Life," which aired in July 1997.

Forche has held three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 1992 she received a Lannan Foundation Literary Award as a "writer of excellence, whose work promotes a true understanding of contemporary life." Last January she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for 1998, in recognition of her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture.

She is currently a faculty member with the master of fine arts program in poetry at George Mason University in Virginia.


maggiemessitt


Sep 3, 2005, 8:37 AM

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Sergio, I saw that your question had yet to be reponded to, so i thought i would help.

According to its site, "The Writer’s Voice Workshop is one of the most distinguished literary communities in New York City. Our gifted instructors will help to free your imagination so that you can begin writing or take your craft to the next level."

This is not an academic program per se, it is a community based program run by the YMCA offering various workshops in writing. If you live in NYC it soudns like a great way to explore yourself as a writer and explore various methods and genres of writing.

You can go to the Writers Voice Program page with this link:
http://www.ymcanyc.org/sub.php?p=about&sp=west/ws_adult.htm#writers

Writers that teach in the Writers Voice Program include:


Diana Amsterdam is a playwright, screenwriter and memoirist whose work has been produced in New York at Manhattan Class Company, American Jewish Theatre, Abingdon Stage and Cucaracha. She is regularly commissioned by the BBC to write plays for radio. Diana’s screenplay Just Lust is optioned in London and LA; her screenplay, The Other Woman, was selected in 2003 as New York Women in Film and TV’s 25th Anniversary Screenplay.

Beth Ann Bauman is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Girls. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Many Lights in Many Windows: Twenty Years of Great Fiction and Poetry from The Writers Community. She is a 2004 Fellow in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Priscilla Becker, teaches a course on poetry, drama, and fiction writing at columbia university. Her first book of poems, Internal West, won The Paris Review book prize. Her work has appeared in Open City, The Paris Review, Fence, and Raritan. She writes record reviews for The Nation, Filter, and Tracks magazine.

Elaine Edelman’s books include Boom-de-Boom and Noeva: Three Women Poets. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Esquire, The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. She has taught at N.Y.U. and currently teaches at the New School where she received the Distinguished University Teaching Award.

Marcia Golub has published two novels, Secret Correspondence and Wishbone. She is the author of a book on writing, I’d Rather Be Writing. Her unpublished novel Tale of the Forgotten Woman was a finalist for the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and was nominated twice for the Editor’s Book Award/Pushcart Prize. She has also taught at Bread Loaf, where she was a Fellow.

Mindy Lewis's memoir, Life Inside was released as a Washington Square Press paperback in November 2003. Her articles and personal essays have been published in Newsweek, Lilith, Poets & Writers and Body & Soul magazines, and in two anthologies: "Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper" and "Voices from the Couch."

Nadine Mozon is currently engaged in two screenwriting projects, one under pending option Agreement and another with redwall productions. Her second book of poetry and essays is underway. Among her credits as dramatist are her one-woman show that received an AUDELCO nomination in New York and a Drama-Logue Award in Los Angeles, and a commissioned ensemble theatre piece, "ID Please." Other acting credits include regional theatre, television and film. In addition to reading engagements for her book of poetry, Kiss it Up to God, Nadine continues reaching communities of young people and adults via her Mozart workshops in poetry and theatre.

Sonia Pilcer is the author of five novels: Teen Angel, Maiden Rites, I-Land: Manhattan Monologues, Little Darlings and The Holocaust Kid. She has written for the screen and TV and also wrote the screenplay of Teen Angel in collaboration with Garry Marshall. Her adaptation of "I-LAND" ran for several years at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company. For six years, she was Director of the Writing Program at the Chautauqua Institute. She has taught at City College, Hofstra, and currently leads workshops at the Berkshire Community College.

Carol Rial was the developmental editor of Art Buchwald’s memoir, Stella in Heaven and the co-writer of Nicholas C. Forstmann’s lung cancer memoir. For four years, she was a script analyst and book scout for Miramax Films and currently a teacher at Hunter College.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is a graduate of Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University. His second novel, Tetched, was published recently by Behler Publications. His first novel, Roughhouse (Kaya Press), was a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award. He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, macdowell and other colonies.

Amy Kathleen Ryan grew up chewing pencils in a sleepy Wyoming town. She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve, but unfortunately only her mother recognized its literary merit. Her first novel for young adults, Shadow Falls, was released in June of 2005 by Random House, and has received critical acclaim. Amy has an MA in English from the University of Vermont, and an MFA in writing for children from New School University.

Charles Salzberg was cited by New York Magazine as one of the “Great Teachers” of New York City. He has published in McCalls, Esquire, New York, Elle, The New York Times Arts & Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, GQ, and many others. His books include From Set Shot to Slam Dunk and On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place. He is co-editor of How Not To Great Famous People: The Best Stories from Ducts.org.

Charlie Schulman is the Co-Artistic director of The Drama Center. He teaches screenwriting at New York University. His chapter on “Playwriting� will soon be published in “The Portable MFA� (Writers Digest). His play “Character Assassins� will be produced Off-Broadway in the fall. He is currently working on the screenplay.

Lee Slonimsky has published poetry in such places as Best of Asheville Poetry Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Classical Outlook, Connecticut Review, The Hiram Poetry Review, The New York Times, Poetry New York, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. His first book, Talk Between Leaf and Skin (SRLR Press), is in its second printing, and he has two more collections forthcoming, Money and Light (also from SRLR Press) in October of 2005, and the sonnet sequence Pythagoras in Love from Orchises Press in January of 2007. He's had work nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, holds an M. A. In creative writing from CCNY, and has taught fiction and poetry writing at the University of Pennsylvania and other schools.

Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues For Bill: A Tribute To William Matthews. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Estha is founder and director of The NY Writers Nights Series for Sarah Lawrence, The Marymount Writers Nights, a Speaker on Shakespeare for The New York Council For The Humanities. And she teaches at City College of NY and Marymount, she also teaches Creative Writing/Poetry for The National Book Foundation. WNET Public Television has recently made her a consultant. This summer she joined the poetry faculty of The Frost Place and The Stonecoast Writer’s Conference.


podi


Sep 9, 2005, 9:47 AM

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thanks very much, maggiemessitt. this was very interesting. unfortunately I'm not based in NY but it sounds like a great program indeed.

much appreciated.

sergio


spypop22


Jan 14, 2011, 2:49 PM

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Anyone willing to name the names of people who are good writers AND teachers and where they teach? (You hear so much about MFA personnel who are great at one and terrible at the other).


Tessa Hadley, whose short stories appear in The New Yorker regularly (more since 2000 than any woman besides Alice Munro) and whose 4 novels are widely acclaimed. She is wildly dedicated to her students, and extremely sharp and knowledgeable too. She teaches at Bath Spa U in England, which may pose some difficulties to anyone without dual citizenship or a trust fund, but she can sometimes be found at retreats, conferences and so on in the USA.


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Kimiko Hahn is a wonderful teacher and poet. I believe she's at Queens college in NYC right now. But she is also sometimes listed with NYU faculty.

She's really fantastic.


MattElz
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I just realized how many people replied to my original thread. I really appreciate it. It's too bad I only realized it tonight!

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