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Program Faculty

Faculty & Program Directors

Below is a list of faculty at Goddard College. To filter this list by program, check the appropriate box.

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Kyle Bass, MFA

I am the author (with Ping Chong) of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which had its world premiere at Syracuse Stage and was produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. I am a two-...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Ryan Boudinot, MFA

In many ways, teaching at Goddard represents a return to form for me. During the summers after fourth and fifth grade I attended Young Authors Camp at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, luxuriating in Nati...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Deborah Brevoort, MFA, MA

My interests as a writer have always had an international focus, and my plays, musicals and screenplays have often used theatrical conventions and forms from around the world to explore contemporary A...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rebecca Brown, MFA (on leave Fall 2014)

In 2009, City Lights published my twelfth book, American Romances, a collection of gonzo essays that put Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) and Hawthorne on the same page and reveals the secret sex life...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jan Clausen, MA

I was born on the Oregon Coast and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After thirty years in Brooklyn, New York, I still “belong to the lesser coast, the greater ocean” (as a poem of mine puts it). How t...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Darrah Cloud, MFA

I grew up in a post-war housing development in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. My parents were card-carrying agnostics living in a neighborhood of Traditional Jews (the synagogue was at the end...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Kenny Fries, MFA

My most recent book, The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, was published by Carroll and Graf and received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Stud...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Beatrix Gates, MFA

As a teacher, I try and discern where a writer is going, and then guide them towards the best form to carry the story--whether poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Once I have a good sense of the core ambi...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Elena Georgiou, MA

As a teacher of poetry I am most interested in helping students to cultivate the individuality of their voice. Individuality, authenticity, and risk are the three qualities that interest me the most i...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Bhanu Kapil, MA (on leave Fall 2014)

I was born in England in 1968, to Indian parents, and grew up in a working-class, South-Asian community in Greater London. I came to the U.S. in 1990 and though some of the intervening years were spen...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Susan Kim, BA

Teaching dramatic writing isn’t like instructing someone how to ride a bicycle or mend a broken pipe. Writing is unique and idiosyncratic, a deeply personal form of communication. It’s informed by not...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Michael Klein, MFA

I taught at Goddard in the 1990s, and spent those years teaching poets, fiction writers, memoirists and even playwrights while trying to write poems and finishing a book about life on the racetrack. I...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Aimee Liu, MFA

Students are often instructed to “write what you know.” I prefer the suggestion, “Write what you deeply and truly want to know.” I write in order to understand. This process began with the diaries I k...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Micheline Aharonian Marcom, MFA

There are few things more important to me than writing and literature. I think that the classroom is one of the remaining vibrant spaces, an exciting and often electric place, wherein participants can...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Douglas A. Martin, PhD, MFA

After publishing two collections of poetry with an extremely small press in my twenties, I moved to New York in 1998 to pursue a career in fiction writing, though never completely abandoning my intere...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Rogelio Martinez, MFA

In 1980, I arrived in this country from Cuba. As I was leaving the boat, I was given a can of Coca-Cola. I tried to open it but I couldn’t figure out how to work the tab. Around me, dehydrated Cubans...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

John McManus, MFA, MA (on leave Fall 2014)

I was born in Knoxville and grew up in Blount County, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Since then I’ve lived in Baltimore, Roanoke, Austin, San Antonio, New York, and now Norfolk, V...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT , Trustee in Plainfield, VT

Nicola Morris, PhD, MFA, MA

Much in the same way that when I look at a piece of student writing I try to discern the emerging story that may not yet be on the page, I begin working with a student by asking what she or he most pa...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Port Townsend, WA

Victoria Nelson, MA

Teaching writing at the MFA level for me is an empathic act that amounts to entering my students’ imaginations as companion and mentor on their writing journey. My task is to see the project through t...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Richard Panek, MFA

When an editor approached me about writing a history of the telescope, I immediately declined. I didn’t have a science background; I’d never written about science. But then the editor said, “Think of...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rachel Pollack, MA (on leave Fall 2014)

My work has been in my writing, with teaching as an outgrowth of my writing concerns. I have written twenty-five books of both fiction and non-fiction. I would characterize most of my fiction, which i...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, BA

My first novel, Why She Left Us, was published in 1999 by HarperCollins and won an American Book Award. The book was inspired by my discovery (at the age of 30) that my Japanese-American mother and he...

MFA in Creative Writing

Program Director in Plainfield, VT, Port Townsend, WA

Paul Selig, MFA

I have been affiliated with Goddard for nearly twenty years, first as a faculty member and then as a Program Director.  I continue to find it an enormous privilege to lead such a unique community of w...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Darcey Steinke, MFA (on leave Fall 2014)

I have just published an erotic novel, Milk, as well as a memoir, Easter Everywhere. These two topics, sex and religion have always fascinated me and continue to be themes in my work. My most recent n...

MFA in Creative Writing

Faculty in Plainfield, VT

Jane Wohl, PhD, MEd (on leave Fall 2014)

The twin pressures of motherhood and a demanding landscape pushed me into writing 25 years ago, and I haven't stopped since. The Wyoming land continues to sustain my creative work, even though my chil...