Phillip Lopate, Distinguished Author and Teacher, to Speak at The Clark

Phillip Lopate

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Award-winning novelist, essayist and poet Phillip Lopate speaks at The Clark on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 3 pm, as part of the museum’s Profession of Words series, featuring lectures and book signings celebrating writers who are making a career in the difficult business of creating books. Admission is free.

Lopate has been publishing widely-acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction – essays, memoirs, poetry, biography, and criticism – for forty years, in addition to teaching writing, currently at Columbia University and elsewhere. He will read from work in progress and talk about modesty and self-assertion in the development of the writer’s persona, as well as taking questions and signing books.

Lopate has two books coming out early next year, Essay Love and To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction. His most recent fiction is Two Marriages. He has published three collections of essays, distilled into Getting Personal: Selected Writings. Other books include Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan and a collection of film criticism called Totally Tenderly Tragically. He is also the editor of three important anthologies, The Art of the Personal Essay, Writing New York, and American Movie Critics.

Phillip Lopate

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June, (daily in July and August), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit The Clark.


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