David Lehman - Associate Professor of Writing

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    David Lehman

    Associate Professor of Writing

    Office Location:

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building


    David Lehman has taught in the New School’s graduate writing program since its inception in 1996. He launched "The Best American Poetry" series in 1988 and continues as the anthology's series editor. A native New Yorker, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University, which awarded him the Kellett Fellowship for two years of study at Oxford or Cambridge. Lehman chose Cambridge (Clare College). Upon his return to New York he resumed studies at Columbia and worked as Lionel Trilling's research assistant. He received the PhD in 1978 with a thesis on the prose poem in England and America with reference to the French tradition. After teaching at Hamilton College, he won a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities. For most of the 1980s he wrote for "Newsweek" and other magazines. "An Alternative to Speech" (1986) and "Operation Memory" (1990), his first two books of poems were published by Princeton University Press. Subsequent collections include "Valentine Place" (1996), "The Daily Mirror" (2000), "The Evening Sun" (2003), "When a Woman Loves a Man" (2005), and "Yeshiva Boys" (2009), all from Scribner. Lehman's nonfiction books include "The Perfect Murder," "Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man," and "The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets." His most recent nonfiction book, "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs," won the 2010 Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. Lehman wrote and designed a library exhibit based on the book, which traveled to 55 libraries in 27 states from May 2011 through April 2012. Lehman edited "The Oxford Book of American Poetry" (2006) and was general editor of the University of Michigan Press's Poets on Poetry Series for a twelve-year period. He has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Lila Wallace -- Reader's Digest Fund. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, The American Scholar, People, The Yale Review, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and many other magazines and newspapers. He lives in New York City.

    Current Courses:

    Poetry Workshop

    Poetry Literature Seminar

    Creative Thesis & Lit. Project (Open Campus)