Affiliated Faculty

Tom Perrotta

Guest Faculty (Summer 2018)

Tom Perrotta is the best-selling author of nine works of fiction, including "Election" and "Little Children," both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and "The Leftovers," which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His other books include "Bad Haircut," "The Wishbones," "Joe College," "The Abstinence Teacher," "Nine Inches" and his newest, "Mrs. Fletcher." His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.

Sheila Weller

Guest Faculty (Summer 2018)

Sheila Weller is the author of seven books - three of them New York Times best-sellers - and numerous magazine articles for Vanity Fair, where she is a regular contributor of major features, as well as Glamour, New York, the New York Times and virtually every major women's magazine. She has won nine major magazine awards for her feminist investigatives and dramatic real-life narratives on pressing social, emotional and legal/justice issues. Weller's best-loved book is 2008's best-selling "Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation," which earned laudatory reviews and which Billboard named No. 19 of the best music books of all time. Her most recent is 2014's "The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour - and the Triumph of Women in TV News." Weller is also the author of the 2003 family memoir "Dancing At Ciro's: A Family's Love, Loss and Scandal on the Sunset Strip" and 1995's news-breaking, trial-affecting best-seller on O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson's marriage, "Raging Heart." She lives in New York City.

Charles Coe

Poet, writer and singer Charles Coe has authored two books of poetry: "All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents" and "Picnic on the Moon." His poems have been set by numerous composers. Coe is also the author of the novella "Spin Cycles," and his essay "Hill of Dreams," about singing in 1988 with a jazz band traveling the Soviet Union, appears in "Inspired Journeys: Travels with the Muse." The winner of a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, he is an artist fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in greater Boston, and is also an artist-in-residence for the city of Boston. Coe has served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York and has taught in Dingle, Ireland for the Bay Path University MFA abroad program.

Alden Jones

Alden Jones is the author of "The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia" and the story collection "Unaccompanied Minors." "The Blind Masseuse" was named a top 10 travel book by Publishers Weekly, the "best travel book of 2013" by the Huffington Post and "recommended reading" by PEN American Center and Salon.com. Its awards include an Independent Publisher book award in travel writing, the IndieFab book of the year award and the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award longlist. "Unaccompanied Minors" won the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize and an Independent Publisher book award in short fiction. Her hybrid work of memoir and literary criticism, "Cheryl Strayed's 'Wild': Afterwords; or, The Wanting Was a Wilderness," is forthcoming in 2018. Her stories and essays have appeared in Agni, Prairie Schooner, the Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Post Road, The Believer and the Best American Travel Writing. She has taught at Emerson College, New York University, Semester at Sea and with the Cuba Writers Program, which she also co-directs.

Edgar Kunz

Edgar Kunz is a poet from Massachusetts and the author of "TAP OUT," set to be published in spring 2019. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, his poems appear widely in journals and magazines including AGNI, Narrative, New England Review, The Sewanee Review, Gulf Coast and the Best New Poets series. His work has received additional fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Vanderbilt University, where he earned his MFA. He lives in Oakland, California.

Allen Kurzweil

Allen Kurzweil is a novelist, journalist, teacher and inventor. Educated at Yale University and the University of Rome, he has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The most recent of his six books, "Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for a Twelve-Year-Old Bully," was excerpted in the New Yorker and won the 2016 Edgar Award for best fact crime.

Taylor M. Polites

Taylor M. Polites' first novel "The Rebel Wife," was published by Simon & Schuster and his work has appeared in anthologies as well as arts and news publications. He is a partner with Ann Hood and Hester Kaplan in Goat Hill, a collaboration dedicated to bringing writers and writing professionals to southern New England, and works with local organizations to cultivate storytelling and community in his home city. He is a graduate of the Wilkes University creative writing M.A./MFA program, where he was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Fellowship. He teaches in the Wilkes University creative writing MFA program and at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Danielle Trussoni

Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times and international best-selling novelist and memoirist. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the recipient of the James Michener Award and the Dana Award in the Novel. Her first book, the memoir "Falling Through the Earth," was chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Tim Weed

Tim Weed is the winner of a Writer's Digest popular fiction award and a Solas best travel writing award. His first novel, "Will Poole's Island," was named one of Bank Street College of Education's best books of the year. His short fiction collection, "A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing," was a finalist in the short story category of the International Book Awards and has been shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press fiction prize and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Tim teaches a popular novel revision series at Grub Street in Boston, is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program, and occasionally works as a featured expert for National Geographic in Cuba, Spain and Patagonia.

Bernadette Murphy

Visiting Faculty

Bernadette Murphy is the author of four books of narrative nonfiction, most recently "Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life," a work that explores female risk-taking through the lens of her own experience learning to ride a motorcycle at age 48, and weaves together memoir with psychology and neuroscience. Her best-selling "Zen and the Art of Knitting" used memoir and reportage to explore the connection between fiber arts, creativity and spirituality. She is a former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays on life and literature have appeared in Ms. magazine, Literary Hub, Salon, New York Observer, Climbing Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, Palm Springs Life, Lilith and more. She is currently at work on a novel that draws on her parents’ hardscrabble childhoods in Ireland and includes apparitions of the Virgin Mary.