Our Instructors


Hudson Valley Writers' Center Instructors



Our instructors are award-winning poets, novelists, playwrights, and memoirists, and essayists. From first book prize winners to Guggenheim award recipients, our instructors are passionate about teaching each and every Hudson Valley Writers' Center student and sharing their expertise with them. We are fortunate to be able to provide our community with a diverse and dedicated team of teachers who guide our students to develop their craft year-round.







  CHRISTINA CHIU is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001). Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Tin House, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, and Acorn. Her accolades include the Asian American Literary Award, the Robert Simpson Fellowship, and the Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. She also won the New Stone Circle Fiction Contest and was nominated for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. Chiu is one of the founding members of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She received her MFA in writing from Columbia University. Chiu lives in New York where she is currently working on her novel while also editing and consulting.



 Joanne Dobson is a novelist, a retired Fordham University English Professor, and a long-time fiction teacher and workshop leader at HVWC. Her most recent book is The Kashmiri Shawl, a historical novel published in 2014.Author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series, she has, co-authored, with Bev Myers, Face of the Enemy, a novel set in WWII New York City. The Hudson Valley Writers' Center honored her as writer, teacher, and scholar at their benefit gala in 2014.







  SERGIO TRONCOSO is the author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews called "an engaging literary achievement" in a starred review. The novel won the Southwest Book Award and was selected by Kirkus as one of the Best of 2012. Troncoso also wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, which won the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews. He is also the author of The Nature of Truth and The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, which won the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize. In 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Troncoso co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco-Violence in 2013. He is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers' Conference.







  PETER ANDREWS has sold dozens of short stories in science fiction and fantasy. His Zombie Chic was recently optioned by a Hollywood producer. Peter is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop, where his teachers were Damon Knight, Harlan Ellison, Peter S. Beagle, and Kate Wilhelm. He has worked professionally in PR, and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. Currently, he is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs, including the popular How To Write Fast Blog.



  SUSAN HODARA has been teaching memoir writing workshops since 2002 and writing memoir for nearly twenty years, resulting in the publication of her work in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, and most recently, the collaborative memoir Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance With Our Mothers (Big Table Publishing, 2013). She is also a freelance journalist who writes about the arts for publications including The New York Times, Communication Arts, and others. She and her husband live in Mount Kisco and are the parents of two grown children.







  Peter Bricklebank has published fiction in such journals as The American Voice, Carolina Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Kansas Quarterly, Confrontation. He has published fiction, and nonfiction in The New York Times Book Review, the American Book Review, The Chicago Tribune. His chapter on writing essay and memoir appears in The Portable MFA (Writers Digest Books), and his latest nonfiction appears in the inaugural issue of Two Bridges Review (http://2bridgesreview.blogspot.com/). He has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction and been a panelist for the BRIO awards for the Bronx Council of the Arts He has taught private writing workshops in NYC and in Oaxaca and Morelia (Mexico) and at New York University and elsewhere, including a year as Nonfiction writer-in-residence at Central Connecticut State University. He taught fiction and nonfiction at Bar-Ilan University in Israel in summer 2012 and taught at the Festival of Writers, Rensselaerville, New York in August 2013. As well as at HVWC, he currently teaches in the online graduate program of National University and the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence.







  HERBERT HADAD is the author of Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family, and is currently working on another book of non-fiction stories, The Best Intentions. He has written articles for The New York Times, Gannett Newspapers, and International Herald Tribune. He has been featured in Parenting, Lear’s, and The New York Daily News Magazine. He has also contributed to the anthology, The Random House Guide to Writing and Sephardic American Voices. He has been honored by The New York Press Club and Folio magazine. Until recently, he worked as a press officer for the Department of Justice in the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Westchester.







  JENNIFER FRANKLIN concentrated in English and Creative Writing at Brown University (AB cum laude, 1994). She attended Columbia University School of the Arts as a Harvey Baker Fellow (MFA, 1996). Her poems debuted in the Paris Review’s “Ten New Poets” issue in 1996. Her first full-length collection, Looming, won the 14th Annual Editor’s Prize from Elixir Press and was published in April 2015. Her poetry has appeared widely in anthologies, literary magazines, and journals such as Antioch Review, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, New England Review, Pequod, "poem-a-day" on poets.org, Poetry DailySalmagundi, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review. Her chapbook, Persephone’s Ransom (FLP) was published in September 2011. Her work has been translated into Romanian and Portuguese. A selection of her poetry is featured in Andrew Solomon’s award winning book, Far From the Tree. Franklin is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars at The Hudson Valley Writers Center and lives in New York City.








  Born in New York City in 1974, poet, literary and art critic, and translator Rowan Ricardo Phillips earned his BA at Swarthmore College and his PhD at Brown University. His poems have appeared in The New RepublicThe New YorkerThe Paris Review, and Poetry among other publications. He is the author of Heaven and The Ground, for which he was the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, along with having been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He was a judge for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in April 2015.







  Amy Holman is the author of Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010), and Wait for Me, I’m Gone, winner of the 2004 Dream Horse Press Annual Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poems have also been in The Best American Poetry 1999, The Westchester Review, Gargoyle, Failbetter, Barrow Street, American Letters & Commentary, and online at Archaeology Magazine. She has been a guest poet for The Masters School 10th grade trip to the Ossining Weir, The Hudson School 7th & 8th graders in Hoboken, and the Putnam County Arts Council poetry workshop. As a literary consultant she’s been a guest speaker at colleges, universities, conferences and literary centers, including an annually at the Bread Loaf Conference since 1995. Her essays have appeared in magazine columns, anthologies, and literary journals. She lives in Brooklyn.







  KATE KNAPP JOHNSON has been teaching poetry at Sarah Lawrence College since 1987 and has directed the Graduate Poetry Program there for 11 years. She is the author of three collections of poetry: When Orchids Were Wildflowers (Dragon Gate), This Perfect Life (Miami Univ.) and Wind Somewhere, And Shade (Miami). She has been the recipient of a NYFA and two GRADIVA awards for her work—most recently published in Ploughshares, The Sun, The Atlanta Review, and Lumina. She is also a graduate of the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis with a specialty in Jungian Studies





Beth Hahn studied art and writing at The University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has attended The Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Ragdale Foundation. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Writer's Digest, Largehearted Boy, Necessary Fiction, The Hawai'i Review, The South Carolina Review, and The Emrys Journal. THE SINGING BONE is her first novel. Beth lives in New Castle, New York, with her husband. She is the daughter of the popular children's author Mary Downing Hahn and the sister of the humor writer, Kate Hahn.




Kristin Prevallet's recent essays and poems have been published or are forthcoming in The New Republic, The Chicago Review, Spoon River Review, Fourth Genre, Stonecutter, and Fence. She is the author of five books of poetry including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (a conceputally elegiac essay published by Essay Press) and Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (a revision of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets published by the Belladonna Collaborative.) Her work has been included in several anthologies including Women Poets on Mentorship, Poets on Teaching, We Drown Our Book: Conceptual Writing By Women and The Alchemist's Mind: A Book of Narrative Prose by Poets. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry and a PEN Translation Fund Award. She is the writer-in-residence for Spalding University and has taught cross-genre writing in a variety of universities and literary centers including Poet's House, The Poetry Project at St Mark's Church, Pratt Institute, Westchester Community College, and Bard College.  www.kayvallet.com







Kirsten Bakis's novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Baily's Prize, has a band named after it, and may someday become a terrifying film. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Michener/Copernicus Society of America grant, and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is currently at work on various literary projects, is an editor at Origin Journal, and is a resident faculty member at the Yale Summer Writers' Conference.