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Faculty and Visiting Faculty


Novelist and Short Story Writer
Melissa Bank is the author of the best-selling story collections  The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing and  The Wonder Spot. She received the Nelson Algren Award for short fiction from the Chicago Tribune and holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. Her work has been translated into 33 languages.


Star Black's  poems have been anthologized in  The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11 The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1880 to The Present  and  Poetry After 911: An Anthology of New York Poets.  She is the author of four collections of sonnets –  Waterworn, Balefire Ghostwood  and  Velleity's Shade;  a collection of double sestinas –  Double Time  – and a book of free verse,  October for Idas .  Her collages have been exhibited at Poets House and The Center for Book Arts and published in  One of a Kind: Unique Artists Books  by Pierre Menard Gallery.  Selections of her photographs are housed in the Berg Collection at The New York Public Library and at The Library of Congress. She lives in New York City and Sag Harbor.


Executive Director, Southampton Arts,
Assistant Director, Creative Writing and Literature
Carla Caglioti is the Executive Director of Southampton Graduate Arts and founding Associate Director of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Writing and Literature. She is also an Assistant Dean at Stony Brook Southampton. Caglioti has a Bachelor's in English Literature and Writing, a Master's in English Education, and a doctorate in English Literature. Her dissertation focused on the rise of the field of creative writing in higher education. Her work has appeared in The Scrub Oak Review, Proteus, Letters from Ninevah and The Southampton Review.

Photo: Loomis Hall

Producer, Producer and Screenwriter
Annette Handley Chandler  has produced films for Paramount Pictures, Disney, PBS, ABC, and CBS. In 2001, she won an Emmy as Executive Producer of  Ansel Adams: A Documentary, directed by Ric Burns. A former literary agent, Handley Chandler was also a programming executive for ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles, overseeing the production of over twenty films in four years. A member of WGAWest, she has taught screenwriting at UCLA and Pepperdine University and recently at NYU Tisch. She is currently developing a documentary on the Shinnecock Nation of Southampton, NY, and in development and pre-production on two feature films.

Annette Handley Chandler

Billy Collins is the author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently a new and selected collection titled Aimless Love (Random House, 2013). Others titles include  Horoscopes for the Dead,  Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Nine Horses, Ballistics  and  Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of three anthologies:  Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, and  Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Bird Poems. His poems have been published in a variety of periodicals including  The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, and  The American Scholar, and his work appears regularly in  The Best American Poetry. A Guggenheim Fellow and a New York Public Library "Literary Lion," he served as New York State Poet (2004-5) and United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003). He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This fall, Random House is publishing his newest collection,  The Rain in Portugal


Biographer, Essayist
Neal Gabler is the author of five books: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality ,   Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, and, most recently,  Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity and Power for the Yale Jewish Lives series. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Playboy, Newsweek, and Vogue, and he has been the recipient of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's nonfiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year, a National Book Critics Circle nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Public Policy Scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Patrick Henry Fellowship at Washington College's C.V. Starr Center. He has also served as the chief nonfiction judge of the National Book Awards.


Poet, Author
Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novels Desire: A Haunting and We Take Me Apart, which was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Osterweil. She holds master's degrees in fiction and poetry, and a PhD in experimental prose from the University of Utah. She is the founder of Lit Pub.

molly gaudry

Author, Editor
Emma Walton Hamilton is a best-selling children's author, editor, producer, and arts educator. She has co-authored over thirty children's books with her mother, Julie Andrews, seven of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including the #1 bestselling series The Very Fairy Princess. Emma’s own book for parents and caregivers, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on in the literacy category and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards, and Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine's Best Book of the Year. Walton Hamilton’s most recent project is as co-creator, writer and executive producer of  Julie’s Greenroom, a children’s television program about the arts created for Netflix. Emma is a faculty member and directs both the Southampton Children’s Literature Fellows program and YAWP (the Young Artists and Writers Project). She is married to actor/producer/director Stephen Hamilton. More information can be found at

emma walton hamilton

Paul Harding is the author of the novel  Tinkers,  which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His second novel,  Elon,  was published by Random House in 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. He was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA, and has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University and Grinnell College.

paul harding


Ursula Hegi is the author of twelve books. Her Burgdorf Cycle encompasses 4 of her novels: Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, The Vision of Emma Blau, and now Children and Fire. Hegi's work has been translated into many languages, and her awards include the Italian Grinzane Cavour, an NEA Fellowship, and a PEN/Faulkner Award. She has taught at Barnard College, the University of California at Irvine, and Bread Loaf. She has also served as a juror for the National Book Awards and the National Book Critics Circle. A bi-cultural writer, Ursula didn’t plan to set nearly half of her work in Europe and the other half in the Americas—but that's how the pages have opened for her, reflecting what it is like to be an immigrant.


Amy Hempel is the author of four story collections, including Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage. The New York Times named The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel one of the Ten Best Books of 2006. A 2017 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hempel is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Guggenheim Fellow; and the recipient of the Hobson Award, a USA Fellowship grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, and the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary College. Hempel is a founding board member of the Deja Foundation, which offers direct assistance to dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in an effort to empower small rescue organizations to support sustainable adoptions.

amy hempel

Novelist, Memoirist
Kaylie Jones is a novelist, creative nonfiction writer, and editor. Her memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, was released by Harper Collins in 2009. Her third novel, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (Bantam, 1990), was adapted as a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998. Celeste Ascending was published by Harper Collins in 2000 and her novel Speak Now was released by Akashic Books in 2003. Her novels have been translated into many languages including French, Dutch, German, and Japanese. Kaylie taught fiction at The Writer’s Voice from 1988 to 1996, before helping to create Long Island University's MFA Program in Writing at Southampton campus, now the Stony Brook Southampton MFA Program in Creative Writing, where she still teaches. Currently, she chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 annually to an unpublished first novel. Many of the winners have gone on to publish to critical acclaim. Kaylie is also the proud editor of the Long Island Noir anthology, published by Akashic Books in spring 2012. In November 2011, Kaylie was given an award by the National Coalition Against Censorship for her work in bringing to print an unexpurgated, uncensored edition of her father’s classic novel, From Here to Eternity. Kaylie’s newest and probably most important endeavor is the launch of her imprint, Kaylie Jones Books, under the aegis of Akashic Books. In the last three years she has published seven titles, including award winners and two national best-sellers. Kaylie’s most recent novel, The Anger Meridian, was published by Akashic Books in June, 2015. She holds an MFA in Creative writing from Columbia University.


Fiction Writer and Journalist
Matthew Klam is the author of Sam The Cat, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book. The recipient of an O. Henry Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writer’s Award, he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. A novel is forthcoming from Random House in the spring of 2017.

Photo: Marion Ettlinger

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Patricia Marx is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She is the author of many books, including the novels Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again The End of Him, both of which were finalists for the Thurber Prize for Humor, and several collaborations with the cartoonist Roz Chast. Their first children's book, Now Everybody Really Hates Me, was the recipient of the first and only Friedrich Medal, an award named after Marx's air conditioner. Her latest book is Let's Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties. Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. She has taught screenwriting at Princeton University and can take a baked potato out of the oven with her bare hand.

patricia marx

Fiction, Director of Creative Writing Minor

Megan McAndrew is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Going Topless (Downtown Press, 2004) and Dreaming in French (Scribner, 2009).  She lives in East Quogue and Brooklyn.  


Young Adult Fiction

Patricia McCormick is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of several young adult novels, including Never Fall Down, the true story of a boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia, and SOLD, an account of sexual trafficking based on her research in the brothels of Calcutta. She is also the co-author of the young readers’ edition of I am Malala, the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Stone Coast Review and will be featured on The Moth.

She splits her time between North Haven and New York where she volunteers with Literacy for Incarcerated Youth.

patricia mccormick

Co-Director, Southampton Writers Conference
Christian McLean's fiction has been published in The Rumpus, Scores Anthology,  and  The Southampton Review . His poetry has been featured in a collaborative work at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Museum (Dundee, Scotland).

christian mclean
Photo: Star Black

Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist
Susan Scarf Merrell is Co-Director of the Southampton Writers Conference and a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She is the author of the non-fiction work, The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships, the novel A Member of the Family, and, most recently, SHIRLEY: A Novel, which was selected as one of the top fifty novels of the year by  The Washington Post and has been optioned by HBO.

Susan Merrill

Novelist, Short Story Writer
Susan Minot studied writing and painting at Brown University and received an MFA in writing from Columbia University. After she published short stories in Grand Street and The New Yorker. the legendary publisher Seymour Lawrence brought out her next three books: Monkeys, a collection of linked short stories which won the Prix Femina Etranger in France in l987; Lust & Other Stories, another collection, and  Folly, a novel. She collaborated with the director Bernardo Bertolucci on the screenplay of  Stealing Beauty. Her fourth book,  Evening, was made into a major motion picture in 2007. It was followed by the novels  Rapture in 2002 and Thirty Girls in 2014.

Susan Minot

Professor, Novelist, Assoc. Provost Southampton Arts Campus

Robert Reeves is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, both published by Crown, as well as short fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Kirkus Review hailed Doubting Thomas as "a zesty, classy original," and Patricia Holt of the San Francisco Chronicle called Peeping Thomas "funny, disturbing, and brilliant." Reeves, director of the Southampton Writers Conference, has also taught writing at Harvard and Princeton.

Robert Reeves

Distinguished Professor of English and Writing, Essayist, Novelist
Roger Rosenblatt, whose work has been published in 14 languages, is the author of five New York Times Notable  Books of the Year, and three  Times bestsellers, including the memoirs  Kayak  MorningThe  Boy  Detective, and  Making  Toast, which was originally an essay in The New  Yorker. He has also written seven off-Broadway plays, notably the one-person  Free  Speech  in America, that he performed at the American Place Theater, named one of the  Times’ “Ten Best Plays of 1991.” He also wrote the screenplay for his bestselling novel  Lapham  Rising, starring Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, and Bobby Cannavale, currently in production. The Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook, he formerly held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in creative writing at Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. Among his honors are two George Polk Awards; the Peabody, and the Emmy for his essays at  Time magazine and on PBS; a Fulbright  to Ireland, where he played on the Irish International Basketball Team; seven honorary doctorates; The Kenyon Review Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement; and the President’s Medal from the Chautauqua Institution for his body of work. 

Roger Rosenblatt Photo: Chester Higgins, Jr.

Associate Professor, Poet, Director of BFA in Creative Writing
Julie Sheehan's three poetry collections are Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise (W.W. Norton), Orient Point (also from Norton) and Thaw (Fordham). Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies.

julie sheehan


Frederic Tuten grew up in the Bronx and later lived in South America and Paris, writing about Brazilian Cinema Novo and teaching at University of Paris 8.  Among his novels are The Green Hour, Tintin in the New World, and The Adventures of Mao on the Long March.  He has written extensively about art, literature and film; acted in an Alain Resnais movie; taught with Paul Bowles in Morocco; cowrote the cult classic Possession; and, along the way, earned a PhD in literature, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  His most recent book, Self Portraits: Fictions, is a collection of interrelated short stories. He has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes.


Director, Creative Writing and Literature,
Lou Ann Walker's book, A Loss for Words, a memoir, won a Christopher Award. Her other books include Hand, Heart & Mind. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Life, Allure, Parade, The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times Book Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Writer, and The Hopewell Review. Formerly an editor at Esquire and New York Magazine, Walker has lectured on writing at Smith College and Yale University, and taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Southampton College, and Columbia University. The author of several screenplays, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America.


Novelist and Short Story Writer

Meg Wolitzer is a novelist whose recent work includes The Interestings, named a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Time, and The Chicago Tribune, and named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Among her other books are  The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, The Position, and  The Wife, as well as the YA novel Belzhar. Wolitzer’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. A member of the MFA faculty at Stony Brook Southampton, she has also taught creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Skidmore College, and the 92nd Street Y. In 2013, along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche, Meg Wolitzer was a guest artist at the Princeton Atelier at Princeton University.