• Albert Mobilio

    Chair and Departmental Advisor for Liberal Arts


    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.   

    Degrees Held:

    BA, English Literature, Pennsylvania State University

    Professional Affiliations:

    PEN American Center
    National Book Critics Circle

    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).

    Research Interests:

    Experimental fiction and poetry; art and text collaborations; landscape and aerial photography; outsider art; cartography; and literary culture.

    Awards And Honors:

    McDowell Fellowship, 2015

    Whiting Writers’ Award, 2000

    National Book Critics Circle award for Excellence in Reviewing, 1999
    Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing, Sun & Moon Press, 1994

    Current Courses:

    Advanced Fiction

    Advanced Fiction (Fall 2018)

    Eleven and a Half

    Eleven and a Half (Fall 2018)

    Eleven and a Half Ind Study

    Ind Senior Project

    Ind Senior Project (Fall 2018)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Fall 2018)

    Intermediate Multi-genre

    Senior Seminar: Fiction