Polito, Robert


Robert Polito
PhD, English Romanticism, Harvard University
Director of School of Writing; The New School for Public Engagement

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Areas of Expertise:
American literature, biography, film noir and noir fiction, Bob Dylan, popular music, popular culture, English and American poetry, teaching of Writing, culture and politics
(Director) Born in Boston, received his PhD in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University. His most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God (forthcoming spring 2009) and The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber (forthcoming fall 2009). Author also of Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar; Doubles (a book of poems); A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover; and At the Titan's Breakfast: Three Essays on Byron's Poetry. Editor of the Library of America volumes Crime Novels: American Noir of the 30s and 40s, Crime Novels: American Noir of the 50s, and The Selected Poems of Kenneth Fearing. Editor of The Everyman James M. Cain and The Everyman Dashiell Hammett. Essays and poems in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best American Film Writing, Walk on the Wild Side: American Urban Poetry Since 1975, Poems of New York, O.K. You Mugs, 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11, Communion, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader, The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at The Experience Music Project, Manny Farber: About Face, Bob Dylan's American Journey, The Show I'll Never Forget, The Poem That Changed America: HOWL Fifty Years Later, among other books and anthologies; also in The New Yorker, The Yale Review, Art Forum, Bookforum, Paste, Black Clock, The LA Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, 02138, PEN America, The Poetry Foundation Website, Critical Mass, LIT, BOMB, Verse, Pequod, Open City, Ploughshares, New York Times Book Review, AGNI, and VLS, among other magazines. Judges the annual Graywolf Nonfiction Book Prize. Fellowships from the Ingram Merrill and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundations. Contributing editor of BOMB, Fence, LIT, and The Boston Review. Has taught at Harvard, Wellesley, and New York University. Director of the Writing Program at The New School since 1992; Founder of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Len and Louise Riggio Writing & Democracy Program. Current book project: Detours: Seven Noir Lives (forthcoming Knopf).
Courses Taught:
  • Workshops in poetry and nonfiction
  • Literature seminars
Recent Publications:

Hollywood & God (forthcoming) (poems)

The Collected Film Writings of Manny Farber (forthcoming)

Detours: 7 Noir Lives (forthcoming)

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