Professor of English
My working experience as a journalist, a Broadway Press agent and even some history in politics have all found a place and nurtured my writing. My work sounds themes of abandonment—the different kinds of abandonment, physical, spiritual and moral while I try to represent men and women in contemporary America.
My first novel was published in 1967 and my tenth novel will be published in 2011. In all, the racial injustice within our society has been a significant counterpoint.
Short stories and essays have also occupied me. My third collection of short stories was published in 2010 and has just received the Bronze Medal for the Short Story from the Independent Publishers Association. Most of these stories originally appeared in literary journals and some were noted in annual anthologies of distinguished work.
The personal essay is also a favorite form for me and I have successfully published three collections in this form, including a book-length essay "Shadows on a Wall" which accounts a meeting between the Mexican muralist Juan O'Gorman and E. J. Kaufmann, the "merchant prince" who built Falling Water. Individually, some of these personal essays were recognized in different Best of the Year anthologies for their contributions to the form.
In 1983, my family memoir "Last Stands: Notes from Memory" was published to be re-published several times and has been acknowledged as a standard of the genre by many including Phillip Lopate who wrote an introduction for its most recent publication.
In 2003, The American Academy of Arts and Letters gave my work its Award for Literature.