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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.

Jennifer Malia

Jen Malia is Associate Professor of English at Norfolk State University, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She earned her Ph.D. in English and M.S. in Teaching Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern California. Her debut children’s picture book, Too Sticky: A Story About an Autistic Girl with Sensory Issues (Albert Whitman, spring 2020), is about a girl who has to overcome her fear of sticky hands to participate in her second-grade slime experiment. The main character is based on both her own and her daughter’s experiences living with autism and sensory issues. She is currently working on a mother-daughter memoir about her journey with her daughter on the autism spectrum. Her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Catapult, Glamour, and Woman's Day, among others. She has traveled to twenty countries around the world, including four years in the United Arab Emirates working as Assistant Professor of Writing Studies at the American University of Sharjah. Visit her at or on Twitter @momwithautism.