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David Lazar

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Lazar is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois.

Biography: David Lazar's writings have appeared widely in various anthologies, poetry magazines,and has had five of his essays named 'Notable Essays of the Year' according to Best American Essays. He created the undergrad and Ph.D. programs in Nonfiction writing at Ohio University, as well as directed the creation of similar study programs at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine ''Hotel Amerika''.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

David Lazar on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Occasional desire :
ISBN: 0803246382 OCLC: 830837459

In his new collection of essays, Occasional Desire, David Lazar meditates on random violence and vanished phone booths, on the excessive relationship to jewelry that links Kobe Bryant and Elizabeth Taylor, on Hitchcock, Francis Bacon, and M.F.K. Fisher. He explores, in his concentrically self-aware, amused, and ironic voice, what it means to be occasionally aware that we are surviving by our wits, and that our desires, ulterior or obvious, are what keep us alive. Lazar also turns his attention on the essay itself, affording us a three-dimensional look at the craft and the art of reading and writing a literary form that maps the world as it charts the peregrinations of the mind.

  Occasional desire :
ISBN: 9781461933953 OCLC: 851697398

University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln : 2013.

Powder town
ISBN: 9781931247528 OCLC: 233977452

Pecan Grove Press, San Antonio, Tex. : 2008.