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Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He earned a bachelor of arts from Columbia University in 1964 and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979.
He has written novels, books of poetry, memoirs, a book of movie criticism, and numerous books of essays, including Portrait of My Body, which was a finalist for the PEN Best Essay Book of the Year Award. Lopate has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers international fellowship (a program of the New York Public Library), two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants.
He currently resides as the Dr. John Cranford Adams Chair in Literature at Hofstra University and also teaches in the MFA graduate programs at Columbia University, the New School, and Bennington.
Read more at Phillip Lopate’s website.