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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Lazar  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Lazar is a professor at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

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''.

Published Works

    Powder Town, Pecan Grove Pr , 2008The Body of Brooklyn , University Of Iowa Press, 2011Occasional Desire: Essays, University of Nebraska Press , 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Powder town /
ISBN: 1931247528. OCLC Number:

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

Occasional desire :
ISBN: 0803246382. OCLC Number:

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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.

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