The Weirdest Tweets From NYU Creative Writing Professors
/ May 7, 2013

NYU’s creative writing program is one of the most distinguished in the country. Professors ranging from bestseller Jonathan Safran Foer  to 2013 Pullitzer-winner Sharon Olds workshop stories and poems from hundreds of undergrads and MFA students every semester. With such a powerhouse of talent teaching in the program, it’s no surprise that many have taken to one of the most popular writing platforms of our time: Twitter.

Surely you’re aware that Twitter is for more than Modern Seinfeld gags and RTs to take down #KONY2012 (That was his name, right?); “the tweet,” as n+1 recently put it, ” is a literary form of Oulipian arbitrariness, and the straitjacket of the form has determined the schizophrenia of the content. A tweet is so short that you can get right to the point — but so short, also, that why should it have one?”

The professors of NYU’s Creative Writing Program have taken this missive to heart, and have tickled our Twitter feathers by Tweeting fragments far more strange and interesting than an alert about their upcoming readings. Here are our favorite weird Tweets from NYU’S Creative Writing Professors.

Eileen Myles
Myles teaches an advanced undergrad poetry workshop. The New York poet has published several volumes of poetry over the past three decades, and has received a Guggenheim fellowship. Her Twitter is also hilarious:






Charles Simic
Simic is one of the CWP’s distinguished poets in residence. Someone has set up what looks like a parody account at @CharlesSimic1 which is well-populated with Tweets. The apparent official account, @CharlesSimic has only one tweet, and reveals this minor personal detail with poetic brevity:


Rachel Zucker
A poet, Zucker, graduated from the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop and now teaches poetry to undergrad and graduate students at NYU. She posts frequently about the ups and downs of family life with young kids, and the insanity that comes along with it:





Adam Wilson
Wilson is an essayist, novelist and author of last year’s Flatscreen. He teaches fiction courses, and likes to use Twitter to weigh in on pop culture, poke fun at listicles, and in the case of this last Tweet (which was from a series of thoughts while watching 200 Cigarettes), both.






Dorothea Lasky
Lasky, known to friends and students as Dottie, is a revered young poet and teacher of poetry workshops at NYU. Her Twitter is a mix of personal anecdotes, friendly interactions, and the kind of poetic non-sequeter which inspired this post:





Sharon Olds
Finally, this year’s Pullitzer-winning poet has an interesting Twitter presence. Two accounts purport to be the poet; both verge on the brink of parody, yet whether they are farce or fact is as yet unknown. Here are some of their stranger posts:




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