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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Jen Malia

An autistic mom of three autistic children, Jen Malia is the author of the children’s chapter book series THE INFINITY RAINBOW CLUB (Beaming Books, 2023 and 2024), and the picture book TOO STICKY! Sensory Issues with Autism (Albert Whitman, 2020). She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Coordinator at Norfolk State University. As a freelance journalist, she has written about autism and neurodiversity for the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Glamour, Woman's Day, Self, and others. She has also appeared on NPR's With Good Reason and was featured in Parents' Parenting Against All Odds video series. She has a Ph.D. in English and a M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and three kids. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Linked In @jenmaliabooks or on her website JenMalia.com.