Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943 and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He has written fifteen books of poems, essays, novels, film criticism, biographical monograph, urban meditation, and a memoir about teaching. He has edited numerous anthologies including Writing New York (Library of America, 2008) and The Art of the Personal Essay (Doubleday-Anchor, 1994). Phillip has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. His most recent books include Two Marriages (Other Press, 2008), Notes on Sontag (Princeton University Press, 2009) and At the End of the Day (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010). He teaches in the MFA graduate programs at Columbia, The New School and Bennington.