Jenni Quilter - Director
From 2007 onward, Jenni has taught at the Expository Writing Program at NYU, working first with CAS and then Tisch students. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2012, and in 2014, won a coveted Golden Dozen teaching award for her sustained commitment to teaching and students. She has also taught personal essay writing workshops for scholarship, pre-med and pre-law students, worked as a Critical Thinking & Writing Instructor at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Summer Academy (which is a bridging program for high-achieving Emirati high-school students interested in an international university education), and has developed writing classes and lecture series for a number of study-abroad programs across the Global Network University.
Prior to working at NYU, she taught at Oxford University, where she also obtained her Masters of Philosophy and Doctorate of Philosophy in English Literature as a Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand. Her academic research is in contemporary collaborations between artists and writers. She is the author of Neon in Daylight: New York School Painters and Poets (2014). Other publications include Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets (2013) and Painters & Poets: The Tibor de Nagy Gallery (2012). Her essays have been published in Poetry, Agni, and The Southwest Review. She is currently working on a collection of essays.
Advising appointments can be made with Jenni on the Supports and Resources webpage.
Kris Larsen - Assistant Director
An employee of NYU since 2000, he began his career as an administrator for the Department of Psychology. For eight years he oversaw admissions to to the doctoral program in Social Psychology. In 2008, he began working for the Graduate School of Arts and Science in the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Here he managed global and internal fellowships for graduate students from across the University.
Kris holds a BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside and Stony Brook University respectively. During his time as a graduate student at Stony Brook University, in association with the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Kris led panel presentations on phenomenology and architecture in Helsinki, Freiburg, and Nicosia.
Kris has intellectual and agricultural interests in wine and the wine industry. He has worked as a cellar rat for a prominent Oregon winemaker. Unable to produce, what he would call “good wine” in a Brooklyn apartment, his practice of zymology is currently limited to brewing beer.
Advising appointments can be made with Kris on the Supports and Resources webpage.
Lorelei Ormrod - Senior Fellowship Advisor
A Rhodes Scholar, she studied twentieth century English Literature at Oxford and is now a Senior Lecturer in NYU's Expository Writing Program. Passionate about international education and civic engagement, Lorelei leads the Social Justice League for the Residential College of Goddard and Broome. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Morehead Scholars Program, responsible for mentoring outstanding student-leaders from across the US, UK, and Canada, and for coordinating their enrichment education of outdoor leadership expeditions, public service internships, overseas travel/study experiences, and career development placements. She also served as Junior Dean of Oxford University’s Jesus College; as Dean of Students for International Baccalaureate Summer Schools based in Oxford and Cambridge; and as a Warden and Tutor responsible for the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) component of the IB curriculum at St. Clare’s International College in Oxford.
Advising appointments can be made with Lorelei on the Supports and Resources webpage.
Amira Pierce - Fulbright Fellowship Advisor
Her short stories and essays have won prizes and appeared in various publications. She is an editor for failbetter and develops stories with U.S. military veteran writers for As You Were . Amira received her MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also worked with Fulbright candidates and became a Fulbright finalist to Syria, just as the war there was beginning. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon, has lived and traveled all over the U.S. and the world, and currently hangs out with her cat in Brooklyn.
Emily Stone - Fulbright Fellowship Advisor
A former resident of Guatemala, Australia, China, and Portugal, Emily is a writer of poems and essays that draw on academic disciplines ranging from media criticism to anthropology. Her work has appeared in AGNI , Fourth Genre , North American Review , and Tin House and been among the notable selections in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing . She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Gallatin. A recipient of teaching awards from Pittsburgh and the Expository Writing Program, she has also taught at Sun Yat-sen University in China. Emily is currently working toward a master's in food studies at Steinhardt.