Mobilio, Albert

Albert Mobilio
BA, English Literature, Pennsylvania State University
Assistant Professor


I have worked as critic and culture writer for over twenty years, publishing in a wide variety of commercial magazines and literary journals. In such venues I often seek to bring unknown or avant-garde culture to wider notice. For instance, I have written essays about the French literary group Oulipo (they use mathematics as a basis for composition), an entire museum devoted to the ephemera of one man’s life, and the publishers and readers of anarchist books (guides on how to build a bomb, how to change your identity).

My poetry and fiction draws on a wide range of influences, including Charles Olson, Francis Picabia, Gertrude Stein, Italo Calvino, and Wallace Stevens. While I am a great advocate of writing that attempts, through stylistic innovation, to cast experience anew, my tastes are energetically catholic and extend both widely (across the arts) and deeply (from high to popular culture). This range of aesthetic awareness helps me lead aspiring students of literary art toward a most valuable insight: the interconnectedness of all art through common origins in the human need to manifest consciousness, to say.   

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Fiction
Introductory Poetry
Reading for Writers: Fiction
Intermediate Fiction
Advanced Fiction

Recent Publications:

A Handbook of Phrenology. Black Square (forthcoming 2008)
Letters from Mayhem. Cabinet Books. 2004
Me with Animal Towering. Black Square Editions. 2002
A Handbook of Phrenology. (selection for artist’s book) Dolphin Press. 2000
The Geographics. Hard Press. 1995
Bendable Siege. Red Dust Press. 1991

Poetry, fiction, and prose has appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and editions:
Bookforum, Black Clock, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Cabinet, First Intensities, The Germ, Grand Street, Hambone, Harper’s, New Observations, New York Times Book Review, Open City, PEN America, Postmodern Culture, Salon, Talisman, Tin House, Sulfur, The Village Voice. Brooklyn Rail: Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose, 2006); Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Non-Fiction Reader (Bloomsbury, 2004); 110 Stories: New York Writes after September 11th (NYU Press, 2002) ; The Best of the Village Voice Literary Supplement (Riverhead 2001); All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader (Touchstone, 2002); The Wine Dark Sea by Leonardo Sciascia (Introduction) (New York Review Books, 2000); Gertrude Stein: A Study of the Short Fiction (Twayne, 1999); White Noise by Don DeLillo: Text and Criticism (Viking, 1998); Fetish: An Anthology (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998); Primary Trouble: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Talisman, 1996).

Office Location:

65 West 11th St.

Rm. 055

Office Hours:
M&W 11:45 - 2:00p

Research Interests:
Experimental fiction and poetry; art and text collaborations; landscape and aerial photography; outsider art; cartography; and literary culture.
Professional Affiliations:

PEN American Center
National Book Critics Circle

Awards and Honors:
Whiting Writers’ Award, 2000
National Book Critics Circle award for Excellence in Reviewing, 1999
Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing, Sun & Moon Press, 1994

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