Faculty and Staff
Teresa Carmody, Director
Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (2015) and Requiem (2005). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Two Serious Ladies, St. Petersburg Review, Faultline, Entropy, and more. Carmody is co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books in Los Angeles, and director of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.
Veronica Gonzalez Peña
Veronica Gonzalez Peña is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her first novel, twin time: or how death befell me, was published by semiotext(e) and was awarded the 2008 Aztlan Literary Prize. Lynne Tillman calls her second novel, The Sad Passions (2013), “honest and riveting,” and Francisco Goldman hailed it “a beautiful and moving choral tale of isolation, love, damage, and intimate struggles.” Her latest film is Pat Steir: Artist—an inspired and beautiful film about a truly groundbreaking female artist.
Cyriaco Lopes is a visual artist interested in systems of representation, language, and politics. Lopes has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris, Casa Degli Artisti in Milan, among many other international venues. He is the winner of the NYC World Studio Foundation Award, the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis Project Award, and the São Paulo Phillips Prize. His collaborations with poet Terri Witek have been seen around the world, including at the National Academy in Lisbon, Portugal, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Salford Museum, in Manchester, England, and Oi Futuro Center for Art & Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lopes is an associate professor of photography and deputy chair of the Art & Music department at John Jay College/the City University of New York.
Laura Mullen’s first book, The Surface, was a National Poetry Series selection, and her subsequent poetry collections and hybrid-genre works have been published by the University of California Press, futurepoem, and Otis / Seismicity among other presses: her eighth collection, Complicated Grief, was published by Solid Objects in 2015. A MacDowell and Karolyi Foundation Fellow, a featured poet at the International Poetry Festival in Taipei, a Rona Jaffe Award recipient and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Mullen holds degrees from the University of Iowa and U.C. Berkeley. She is the McElveen Professor of English at Louisiana State University and has been a visiting poet at Columbia College.
Urayoán Noel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives in the Bronx, and is an associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU. Noel is the author of Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisfe’rico (Arizona, 2015), Hi-Density Politics (BlazeVox, 2010), Kool Logic/La Lo’gica Kool (Bilingual Review, 2005), and several books mostly in Spanish, most recently the performance text EnUncIAdOr (Educacio’n Emergente, 2014). His critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Iowa, 2014) won the LASA Latina/o Studies Book Award and an honorable mention in the MLA Prize in Latina/o and Chicana/o Literary and Cultural Studies. A contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Noel has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and CantoMundo.
Carlos Soto Román
Carlos Soto Román is a pharmacist, poet and translator. He holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009) and 11 (2017); and in the United States: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-Classified] (Gauss PDF, 2013), The Exit Strategy (Belladonna, 2014), Alternative Set of Procedures (Corollary Press, 2014) and Bluff (Commune Editions, 2018). He is a MacDowell Fellow and recipient of grants from the Chilean Council for Culture and the Arts for Creation and Translation projects. He also was the curator of the cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry Elective Affinities.
Terri Witek is the author of The Rape Kit (2018–winner of the Slope Editions Prize), Body Switch (2016), Exit Island (2012), The Shipwreck Dress (2008), Carnal World (2006); Fools and Crows (2003); and Courting Couples (2000), a Center for Book Arts Prize winner. Her poetry often traces the breakages between words and images: she has collaborated with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes since 2005. Witek’s collaborations with digital artist Matt Roberts use augmented reality technology for smartphones to poetically map cities and have been featured in Matanza (Colombia), Lisbon, Glasgow, Vancouver, and Miami.