Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Artists

Faculty

The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.

Mark Nowak

Mark Nowak

Mark Nowak (Faculty) is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary(Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” His new book, Social Poetics, tracks “a people’s history” of the poetry workshop in Watts, Attica, South African anti-apartheid struggles, and contemporary social movements and workers uprisings across the globe. Nowak is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism (2015), and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, He is founding director of the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America, Domestic Workers United, and other worker centers.[https://twitter.com/workerwriters]