The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College


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Mark Nowak

Professor & Program Director
Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim 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.”

Camille Rankine

Assistant Director
Camille Rankine is the author of Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, she is featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is a graduate of Harvard University, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
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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.

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 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.

Annapurna Potluri

Fiction Workshop
Annapurna Potluri Schreiber is the author of The Grammarian. She is a recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship in fiction writing from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She has had pieces published in India Abroad and Fiction. Annapurna did her undergraduate studies at New York University where she studied comparative literature and linguistics and then earned an MPhil in theoretical linguistics from Cambridge University. She is currently working on an upcoming novel, Katherine and Maude.