Jaime Manrique photographed by Efrén Hernández AriasFor twenty years I've worked as a teacher of writing and literature. For seven years I was Associate Professor in the MFA Program in Writing at Columbia University. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Columbia, I taught as an adjunct for a couple of semesters. I've also taught fiction and poetry workshops in the MFA Program at Goddard College and at Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, New York University, Eugene Lang College of the New School University, and the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in Manhattan.

Some of the most promising new voices in contemporary American literature have acknowledged my influence as a teacher. Among them are Rivka Galchen, Dinaw Mengestu, and Karen Russell (all featured in The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue), T Cooper (published in The New Yorker), and Alex Mindt (a PEN Nabokov Award Finalist). In his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz thanks me in his acknowledgements as the "first writer who took me seriously."

—Jaime Manrique