The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College



Lori Soderlind

Program Director; Nonfiction Workshop
Lori Soderlind is an award-winning essayist and journalist, and author of the memoir Chasing Montana: A Love Story (University of Wisconsin Press). She has taught for the past 20 years in the areas of journalism, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir writing at places like Columbia University, SUNY Albany, Western Connecticut State University, and Norwalk Community College, where she served as Chair of the Humanities Department and Communications Arts Program Coordinator. Soderlind holds an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University and a B.A. in English and Journalism from Lehigh University.
Jeff Bens

Jeff Bens

Fiction Workshop, Screenwriting Workshop
Jeff Bens is the author of the novel Albert, Himself (Delphinium) and director of the documentary film Fatman's. His short fiction and essays are published widely. Jeff was a founding faculty member of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has served on film festival juries around the world. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Manhattanville College.
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Joanna Clapps Herman

Foundations in Graduate Creative Writing
Joanna Clapps Herman’s is the author of a memoir, The Anarchist Bastard (SUNY Press, 2011) a well as two forthcoming books: a collection of short stories, No Longer and Not Yet, (SUNY Press, 2013) and After the Manner of Women, a cultural memoir, (Fordham University Press, 2014). She is co-editor of two anthologies: Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008), and of Our Roots Are Deep with Passion (Other Press, 2007). She is currently a fellow at the Writers’ Institute at the CUNY Graduate Center.
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Mark Nowak

Advanced Seminar, Poetry Workshop
Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow and 2015 Lannan Fellow, is an award-winning poet, social critic, and labor activist, whose writings include The New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Shut Up Shut Down (2004, afterword by Amiri Baraka), and the acclaimed book on coal mining disasters in the US and China, Coal Mountain Elementary (2009), that Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” Nowak is also the founding director of the Worker Writers School at the PEN American Center in NYC.

Fatin Abbas

Topics, Fiction Workshop
Fatin Abbas is a Sudanese-American writer. She completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Hunter College, CUNY. At Hunter she studied under Peter Carey, Colum McCann and Claire Messud. Her fiction has appeared in Freeman's, The Warwick Review, and Friction, and her journalism has appeared in The Nation, Bidoun and She is at work on a novel set in Sudan.