Phillip Lopate


John Cranford Adams Chair
312B Calkins Hall
plopate@aol.com
Tel: (718) 596-9585
Fax: (718) 596-9377

        Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, and received a bachelor's degree at Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate at Union Graduate School in 1979. He is the author of three essay collections: Bachelorhood (Little, Brown, 1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Simon & Schuster, 1989), and Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987); two poetry collections, The Eyes Don't Always Want to Stay Open (Sun Press, 1972) and The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976); and a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children (Doubleday, 1975). He has edited the following anthologies: The Art of the Personal Essay (Doubleday-Anchor, 1994), Writing New York (The Library of America, 1998), Journal of a Living Experiment (Teachers & Writers Press, 1979), and a series collecting the best essays of the year, The Anchor Essay Annual (Anchor, 1997-9). The Phillip Lopate Reader will be published by Basic Books in Fall, 2003.

        His essays, fiction and poetry have appeared in The Best American Short Stories (1974), The Best American Essays (1987), several Pushcart Prize annuals, the anthologies Congregation and Testimony, and The Paris Review, Harper's, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Harvard Educational Review, The New York Times Book Review, Boulevard, The Journal of Contemporary Fiction, Double Take, and others.

        He has written about movies for The New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Cinemabook, Threepenny Review, Tikkun, American Film, and the anthology The Movie That Changed My Life, among others. A volume of his selected movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically, was published by Doubleday-Anchor in 1998. He is currently editing a massive anthology of American film criticism, from the silent era to today, for Harcourt-Brace.

        His writings about architecture and urbanism have appeared in Metropolis, The New York Times, Double Take, Preservation, Cite and 7 Days, where he wrote a bimonthly architectural column. He was also a recipient of a Revson Fellowship in Urban Studies at Columbia, and served as a committee-member for the Municipal Art Society and as a consultant for Ric Burns' PBS documentary on the history of New York City. He is currently finishing a book on the New York waterfront, to be published in 2003.

        He has written on travel for the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, European Travel and Life, Sidestreets of the World, and American Airlines Magazine.

        He has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He also received a Christopher medal for Being With Children, the Texas Institute of Letters award for best non-fiction book of the year (Bachelorhood),and was a finalist for the PEN Diamondston-Spielvogel Award for best essay book of the year (Portrait of My Body). His anthology Writing New York received an honorable mention from the Municipal Art Society's Brendan Gill Award, and a citation from the New York Society Library.

        After working with children for twelve years as a writer-in-the-schools, he taught creative writing and literature to graduate and undergraduate students at Fordham, Cooper Union, The University of Houston, Columbia University and New York University. He was also a Lila Wallace Foundation writer-in-residence. He currently holds the Adams Chair at Hofstra University, where he is Professor of English, and also teaches in the Bennington College MFA program.


Phillip Lopate
402 Sackett Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
Tel: (718) 596-9585
Fax: (718) 596-9377
Email: plopate@aol.com