Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches poetry in the Creative Writing MFA program at UMass Boston. The longtime Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix and classical music critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, he’s now also Senior Editor of Classical Music for the web-journal New York Arts and Contributing Arts Critic for Boston’s National Public Radio station WBUR’s the ARTery. He’s the author of four volumes of poetry—These People (published by Wesleyan University Press), and Goodnight, Gracie, Cairo Traffic, and the soon-to-be-released Little Kisses (all with The University of Chicago Press)—and a collection of his Fresh Air reviews, Music In—and On—the Air (Arrowsmith). A noted Elizabeth Bishop scholar, he has edited three books by or about her, including The Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters and the centennial edition of her Prose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant in Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, inclusion in The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry, three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for his writing about music, and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. A former actor, he has worked with such celebrated actors as Stockard Channing, Tommy Lee Jones, James Woods, Cherry Jones, and Alvin Epstein, and was a regular performer on NPR’s The Spider’s Web.