Summer Institute : Creative Writing : Faculty
Coordinator of Summer Institute Creative Writing Program
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Instructor
Thomas Leslie Robinson has been teaching writing since 2008 and working with the University of the Arts Pre-College Program since 2014. His classes in each writing discipline focus on exploring objectively sound methods for creativity while leaving students a broad scope for experimenting with style, voice, and theme, but also looking outward to the world in which we live to draw connections between classroom knowledge and engagement with the rest of life. Writing, and all art, is not merely something one does, but is a reflection of and a hammer with which to shape the reality in which we live, as well as drawing connections between human beings from various times, places, and ideologies. Les earned a Masters in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Temple University in 2010.
Poetry Workshop Instructor
Zach is the author of the poetry collections Full Catastrophe Living(University of Iowa Press, 2009), Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010) and The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). He is also the author of a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011), and a chapbook, The Man Who Lost His Head (Omnidawn, 2011).
David graduated from the film program at Temple University and quickly found work on both indie films and Hollywood features. He has written, been hired to write and/or doctor nearly 25 feature film screenplays, one of which, “What Matters Most,” was produced in New York City in 2007 and another one, “Aftermath,” was optioned by an L.A. producer. He has reviewed films for national publications and, in 2010, he contributed a chapter on the history of photography to publisher Walter Foster’s The Daily Book of Photography.