Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate has written three personal essay collections — Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, and Portrait of My Body; two novels, Confessions of Summer and The Rug Merchant and a pair of novellas; three poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay OpenThe Daily Round, and At the End of the Day; a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children; a collection of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically; an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan; a critical study, Notes On Sontag; and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer and Filmmaker. In addition, there is a Phillip Lopate reader: Getting Personal: Selected Writings. His two most recent publications are Portrait Inside My Head (personal essays) and To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. He has edited the following anthologies: The Art of the Personal EssayWriting New YorkJourney of a Living Experiment; a best essays of the year series, The Anchor Essay Annual; and American Movie Critics. He is the director of the nonfiction concentration in the graduate Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, where he also teaches writing. Photo by Sally Gall.


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