MFA in Creative Writing Faculty
Director of the MFA Program
Jan-Henry Gray is the author of Documents, chosen by D.A. Powell as the winner of BOA Editions’ A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2019 Thom Gunn Award. His chapbook, Selected Emails, was published by speCt! Books in 2019. His poems, essays, and reviews have been published in various publications such as Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018), The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, Hyphen, The Margins, Poetry Foundation, NewCity, and Teachers & Writers Magazine. Jan has received fellowships from Kundiman and Undocupoets and awards from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Academy of American Poets.
Born in the Philippines and raised in California, Jan has lived undocumented in the U.S. for more than 32 years. Recently, he co-organized Writers for Migrant Justice, a nationwide reading and fundraiser for Immigrant Families Together. He also serves as a mentor for the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, a teaching artist for City Lore (NYC), and a co-curator for Meanwhile (Chicago).
Igor Webb was born in Slovakia and grew up in the Inwood neighborhood of New York City. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker and Poetry (Chicago). Among his publications are Christopher Smart’s Cat (Dos Madress Press, 2018), Rereading the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and the memoir Against Capitulation (Quartet Books, 1984). His story “Reza Says,” originally published in The Hudson Review, was selected as a Distinguished Story for Best American Short Stories, 2012. His essay “Horatio Hornblower” was reprinted in Literary Awakenings: Personal Essays From The Hudson Review (2017). Igor Webb has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Leverhulme Fellow and a winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.
Katherine Hill is the author of two novels: The Violet Hour (Scribner 2013) and A Short Move (Ig Publishing 2020). With Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, and Jill Richards, she is also co-author of The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism (Columbia University Press 2020).
Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including AGNI, The Believer, Bookforum, Colorado Review, The Common, The Guardian, The Literary Review, n+1, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, Philadelphia Inquirer, Post45, Post Road, San Francisco Chronicle, and Tin House.
An assistant professor of English at Adelphi University, Katherine teaches creative writing and literature to undergraduate and MFA students. Her writing has been awarded fellowships from the New York Public Library, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Corporation of Yaddo. Born in Washington D.C., she now lives with her daughter in Brooklyn.
Maya Marshall is the author of the poetry collection All the Blood Involved in Love and the chapbook Secondhand. Her poem “Little Black Pearl” is to be published in Prose to the People: A Celebration of Black Bookstores (due in 2024 from Penguin Random House). She is also cofounder of underbelly, the journal on the practical magic of poetic revision.
An assistant professor of English and creative writing at Adelphi University, Marshall has also taught at Emory University and Northwestern University. She holds fellowships from MacDowell, Cave Canem and Vermont Studio Center. Her writing has been published in Boston Review, Crazyhorse and Best New Poets. In addition, she is an editor at large for Haymarket Books.
She is also a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the American Copy Editors Society.