March 1997

Acclaimed writer, editor, and teacher Gordon Lish lectures at Loyola

Gordon Lish, a controversial and outspoken figure in American letters, will read from his work, comment on the state of publishing and editing, and answer questions from the audience on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium.

Lish is considered one of the most important fiction editors of the era because of his work at Esquire in the '70s, at Knopf from 1977 to 1995, and as the longtime editor of the literary magazine, The Quarterly. He also is widely considered the country's foremost teacher of creative writing. Lish has taught creative writing at Yale, Columbia, and New York University as well as running his own private workshop.

His novels include Dear Mr. Capote, Peru, Extravaganza, My Romance, Zimzum and Epigraph. His short fiction collections include What I Know So Far, Mourner at the Door, and The Selected Stories of Gordon Lish.

Lish has been the recipient of numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellow in 1984; an honorary doctor of letters degree from State University of New York in 1993; and in 1994, he was named "one of the 200 major writers of our times" by Le Nouvel Observateur.

Lish's visit is sponsored by the New Orleans Review, the Biever Lecture Series, and the English department.