- Instructor , MFA Program, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
- College of Arts and Sciences
Robert Polito teaches creative nonfiction and poetry. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard. His most recent books are the poetry collection "Hollywood and God" and "The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber" . He is also the author of "Doubles" (poetry), "A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's 'Changing Light at Sandover,'" and "Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson," which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography/Autobiography, among other books. He edited the Library of America volumes "Crime Novels: Noir of the 1930s & 1940s" and "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s," as well as "The Selected Poems of Kenneth Fearing." His poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Voice Literary Supplement, Verse, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, Bookforum, Ploughshares, The New York Times Book Review, Bomb, Fence, Open City, Boston Phoenix, Paste, "Best American Poetry," "Best American Essays," "Best American Film Writing," and other journals and anthologies. He is a contributing editor to The Boston Review, Pequod, Open City, Bomb, Fence, and Lit. He directs the graduate writing program at The New School.