Geoffrey O'Brien in conversation with Professor and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris.
O’Brien is the author of eleven prose books encompassing memoir, cultural history, and criticism, among them Hardboiled America (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1981), Dream Time: Chapters from the Sixties (Viking, 1988), The Phantom Empire (W. W. Norton, 1993), Bardic Deadlines: Reviewing Poetry 1984-1995 (University of Michigan, 1998), The Browser’s Ecstasy (Counterpoint, 2000), Castaways of the Image Planet (Counterpoint, 2002), Sonata for Jukebox (2004, Counterpoint), The Fall of the House of Walworth (Henry Holt, 2010), Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film 2002-2012 (Counterpoint, 2013), and Where Did Poetry Come From: Some Early Encounters (Marsh Hawk Press, 2020). He has published nine collections of poetry including Floating City (Talisman House, 1996), Red Sky Café (Salt, 2005), Early Autumn (Salt, 2005), In a Mist (Shearsman, 2015), The Blue Hill (Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, 2018), and most recently Who Goes There (Dos Madres Press, 2020). He has written frequently for The New York Review of Books and other periodicals including Bookforum, Artforum, Harper's, Conjunctions, Brooklyn Rail, and Film Comment, and comments regularly on film for the Criterion Collection. He was associated with Library of America for 25 years, retiring as editor in chief in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn.
About the Nonfiction Dialogues
The Nonfiction Dialogues is an evening literary series in which Professor and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris discusses with distinguished nonfiction writers their work and careers. Recent guests have included Emily Bernard, Peter Godwin, Lewis Hyde, Amitava Kumar, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Terese Marie Mailhot, and Maggie Nelson.