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.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two poetry collections—Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, and Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award—and the novel In the Arms of OneWho Loves Me. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and UCLA School of Law, LaMon earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Indiana University Bloomington.
LaMon’s work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Poetry, Ninth Letter, Mythium, Bellevue LiteraryReview, Callaloo and Crab Orchard Review. Noted by the NAACP in the category of Outstanding Literature, Poetry, LaMon served as president of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., an organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
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.