Hasanthika Sirisena’s work has been anthologized in This is the Place (Seal Press, 2017), in Every Day People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018), and has been named notable by Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Hasanthika is faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts and Susquehanna University and serves as a prose editor at Tupelo Books.

Their short story collection The Other One won the Juniper Prize and was released in 2016 by the University of Massachusetts Press. Their essay collection Dark Tourist (Mad Creek Books 2021) won the Gournay Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.


MFA - Creative Writing | City College of New York

MA - Educational Communication & Technology | NYU

BA - Philosophy | UNC Chapel Hill


Hasanthika Sirisena

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Nance Van Winckel

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/poetry]

Chachi Hauser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Clifford Thompson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/ hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]