"Better than any of the pseudo-academic collections that followed." -- Greil Marcus, on Desperately Seeking Madonna

"Adam Sexton's instruction set me on a thrilling path. A teacher in the true sense of the word, Adam is a confident, brilliant guide to recognizing your talents and building beautiful things from there. I've taken many classes in my life and have forgotten many lessons and guides in the process but his classes and method have remained with me, daily. I work to make him proud." -- Carmen Wong Ulrich, author, The Real Cost of Living; contributor, NBC's Today Show


Creative Writing and Literature
Techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and Other Greats
Essay published in Post Road
A Literary Companion to Tennis
Short story published by Underwater New York
Popular Culture
In Search of the Meaning of the World's Most Famous Woman
For Younger Readers
Japanese-style graphic-novel adaptations of four of Shakespeare's tragedies


ADAM REID SEXTON is the author, editor, or adapter of more than ten published books, which have been translated into Japanese, Indonesian, and Farsi. His anthology Rap on Rap was acquired by Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research, while Desperately Seeking Madonna is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archive. Sexton's fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, the Mississippi Review, the Bellevue Literary Review, and Post Road, as well as on the Websites babble.com and smithmag.net.

Sexton teaches at Yale College and in Columbia University's Creative Writing Program, and he has lectured at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House, New York University, and the University of Alabama, where he delivered the Hudson Strode Lecture in the Age of Shakespeare. He also has lectured at the Mohegan Sun and in Central Park. Sexton has read from his work at the Knitting Factory and Pete's Candy Store, and for four years he curated a reading series at KGB Bar. He has been interviewed about teaching, writing, and literature by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Poets & Writers, and npr.com, and one of his classes was broadcast on BBC radio.

Sexton received his M.F.A. in Writing from the School of the Arts at Columbia University and his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Kira, their son Alexander, and the family's pug, Delilah.

To inquire about hiring Adam Reid Sexton to edit your short story, personal essay, or novel, email him at adamrsexton@​gmail.com. To follow him on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/​adamreidsexton