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Yale Young Writers' Workshop Faculty 2022


Our faculty are accomplished writers and editors.

Fiction

Kristin Bair

Kristin Bair’s latest novel, Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything, was a People magazine “Best New Book.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, and Booklist called it “Hilarious!” Kristin’s other novels include The Art of Floating and Thirsty. As a writing instructor, her peripatetic nature has landed her in classrooms and conferences around the globe, from Chicago to Boston to Shanghai, and many places in between. She believes in time travel, aliens, friendship, taking risks, and storytelling.

Non-fiction

Sahar Mustafah

Sahar Mustafah’s first novel The Beauty of Your Face was named a 2020 Notable Book and Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review, one of Marie Claire magazine’s Best Fiction by Women in 2020, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times United We Read. Her collection of short stories Code of the West won the 2016 Willow Books Fiction Prize. She has taught high school students for 25 years.

Graphic Forms

Anne Thalheimer

Anne Thalheimer is an artist and educator whose work in visual culture, autobio comix, and independent publishing spans three decades. Her work (both academic and graphic) has appeared in numerous collections, including the MLA’s Teaching The Graphic Novel; she is a long-term reviewer for Xerography Debt and a former contributor to both Fleen and PopMatters.  Mostly she likes drawing monsters, cats, and cute food. Anne holds a PhD in English from the University of Delaware.

Poetry

Sean Frederick Forbes

Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. Providencia, his first book of poetry, was published in 2013. He serves as the poetry editor for New Square, the official publication of The Sancho Panza Literary Society for which he is a founding member. In 2017, he received first place in the Nutmeg Poetry Contest from the Connecticut Poetry Society.

Rob Harrell

Rob Harrell is the author of the novel Wink, the Life of Zarf series and the graphic novel Monster on the Hill. In addition, Harrell created the comic strip Big Top and now writes and draws the daily strip Adam@Home. His newest book is the graphic novel Batpig: When Pigs Fly. July 12 at 11 am

Assigned reading:

Rob Harrel, Wink (Puffin Books, 2021)

Courtney Maum

Author of five books, Before and After the Book Deal and the memoir, The Year of the Horses.  A nominee for the Joyce Carol Oates prize and the host of the monthly Beyond Fiction conversation series at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Courtney’s essays and articles on creativity have been widely published in outlets like The New York Times and Interview Magazine, and her short story This is Not Your Fault was recently turned into an Audible Original. Courtney is also the founder of the learning collaborative, The Cabins. June 16 at 12:30 pm and July 15 at 11 am

Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad is the author of the YA novel Mercury Boys and Damselfly. Her general fiction titles include On Borrowed Wings, a Connecticut Book Award finalist; Death of a Circus and Breathe the Sky. Prasad is the editor of—and a contributor to—the W.W. Norton anthology Mixed. Her shorter works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, Teen Voices, and numerous literary, arts, and poetry journals. Prasad is also a contributor to New Haven Noir, and the author of the how-to book Outwitting the Job Market. July 13 at 11 am

Assigned reading:

Chandra Prasad, Mercury Boys (Soho Teen 2021)

Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novels King Zeno, Odds Against Tomorrow, and The Mayor's Tongue, and two works of nonfiction: Losing Earth, which won several national awards and has been published in more than a dozen languages, and Second Nature, which includes the story "Dark Waters," adapted into a film starring Mark Ruffalo. Rich, a former fiction editor of The Paris Review, is a writer-at-large at the New York Times Magazine and a frequent contributor to the Atlantic and the New York Review of Books. He lives with his family in New Orleans. July 13 at 7 pm

Jennifer Richter

Jennifer Richter’s two poetry collections, No Acute Distress and Threshold, have both been named Oregon Book Award Finalists; work from her third manuscript has recently appeared in ZYZZYVA and The Missouri Review. Richter has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship as well as a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years. She currently teaches in Oregon State University’s MFA program. July 14 at 11 am

Assigned reading:

Jennifer Richter, No Acute Distress (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)

Nicholas Ward

Nicholas Ward is an essayist, arts administrator, and long-time company member with 2nd Story, a Chicago-based storytelling collective. His first book, All Who Belong May Enter, won the 2020 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize. He lives in Chicago and is an organizer with the 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice. July 11 at 11 am

Assigned reading:

Nicholas Ward, All Who Belong May Enter (Autumn House Press, 2021)