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.
Sarah Gerard is a writer and visual artist. Her most recent novel, True Love, is forthcoming from Harper Books in 2020. Her essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial, 2017) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio, 2015) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a best-book-of-the-year at NPR, Vanity Fair, and Buzzfeed. Gerard’s paper collages, short stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in many venues such as The New York Times, Electric Literature, and BOMB Magazine. She is the 2018 – 2019 New College of Florida Writer-in-Residence.
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.
Ronaldo V. Wilson
Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Prize., Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. His latest books are Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015), finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2018). Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a mixed media artist, dancer and performer. He has recently performed at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Georgetown’s Lannan Center, and Louisiana State University’s Digital Media Center Theater. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Ford Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Center for Art and Thought, and Yaddo, Wilson is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at U.C. Santa Cruz, serving on the core faculty of the Creative Critical PhD Program, and co-directing the Creative Writing Program.
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.
Patty Yumi Cottrell
Patty Yumi Cottrell is often described as a writer who “opens up fresh lines of questioning in the old interrogations of identity, the politics of belonging, and the problem of other minds.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, BOMB, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, and other places. Her debut novel, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, received the 2018 Whiting Award in fiction. She was born in Korea, raised in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Milwaukee, and currently lives in St. Petersburg, FL.
Jena Osman’s books of poems include Corporate Relations (Burning Deck, 2014), Public Figures (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Network (Fence Books 2010, selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009), An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004) and The Character (Beacon Press, winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize). Her book Motion Studies is was released by Ugly Duckling Press in March 2019. She co-edited the literary magazine Chain and Chain Links Books with Juliana Spahr.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Poesiefestival in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, the QOW conference in Slovakia, the International Poetry Festival in Bucharest, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the 56th Venice Biennale, Beijing and more recently, Leeuwarden. As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The David Rubenstein Atrium, The Highline, Poets House and El Museo del Barrio. LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards; of them include New York Foundation for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, LMCC Workspace AIR, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Capital and the Whiting Foundation Literary Award. She lives in Harlem.