Meet the Writing Affiliates

Beth Kurkjian

Third North



Beth graduated from Skidmore College and NYU. Choreographed: Women of Trachis, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and A Small Hole; Barnard/Columbia students in The Winter’s Tale and What of the Night? Created and directed 18 to 21 at Skidmore. Solo work: Age Less and Sylvie or Marie.



Nicole Callihan

Othmer & Clark

Nicole Callihan’s work has appeared in, among others, The American Poetry Review, PEN-America, Forklift, Ohio, Painted Bride Quarterly and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. Her books include SuperLoop, a collection of poems published by Sock Monkey Press in early 2014, and the chapboooks: A Study in Spring (2015), The Deeply Flawed Human (2016), and Downtown (2017). Her next book, a dual-language, cross-cultural collaboration with an Arabic poet will be released in Spring 2018.

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Michael Tyrell


Michael, an alumnus of NYU and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is a senior lecturer at NYU. He is the author of the poetry collection The Wanted (The National Poetry Review, 2012) and with Julia Spicher Kasdorf, edited the anthology, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2007). His new book, Phantom Laundry, is forthcoming in the UK from Backlash Press.


Normandy Sherwood



Normandy is a Playwright, a Costumer, and a member of the National Theater of the USA. She has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, and attended NYU Gallatin as an undergraduate. She is thrilled to come back to the NYU community and work with students as a Writing Affiliate.

Gerard O’Donoghue



Gerard O’Donoghue is a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program and a Faculty Affiliate at Goddard Residential College. He consults in the Writing Center, teaches Writing the Essay, leads Freshman Seminars, and participates in the Writing in the Disciplines program. His research interests lie in Jewish American literature and Irish literary modernism. He has published in Philip Roth Studies, Notes and Queries, and the Dublin James Joyce Journal.



Dave Cregar


Dave is a Senior Language Lecturer, Assistant Director for International Writing, and Program Coordinator for the Writing Affiliates Program.  He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Montclair State U. (NJ) and was a doctoral candidate at NYU Steinhardt (then the School of Eduation). At EWP since 1994, he was a consultant in the Writing Center, has taught a variety of EWP courses, and taught and assisted in the development of the Writing Center and Writing Program at NYU Abu Dhabi.  For more than 20 summers, he also taught in the Montclair State Equal Opportunity Fund Program.


Mark Braley




After earning his PhD in English from Princeton, Mark spent time in California and Korea as an aircraft maintenance officer, and spent twenty additional years teaching english at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Now in New York, he is pursuing his own writing interests in the personal essay.




Elena Glasberg

Elena Glasberg is an essayist and speaker interested in questions of nation, literature, and science, as well as how people relate to place and territory. She earned her BA in English with honors from SUNY Purchase and went on to earn her PhD in American Studies from Indiana University. Prior to NYU, she taught in the Writing Program at Princeton University.