Founder and Director

Philip Schultz

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz has been teaching creative writing for almost five decades.

He founded The Writers Studio in 1987 after spending four years as the director of New York University’s graduate creative writing program, which he also founded. Schultz has taught undergraduate and graduate fiction, poetry, literature, and craft classes at a variety of universities including Tufts, NYU, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Columbia University.

He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Failure (Harcourt 2007). His most recent collection, Luxury (W.W. Norton 2018) includes “The Women’s March,” which is included in Best American Poetry (Simon and Schuster 2019, David Lehman, editor, Major Jackson, guest editor) and was preceded by The Wherewithal, a novel in verse (W.W. Norton 2014). He is also the author of two memoirs, My Dyslexia (W.W. Norton 2011) and Comforts of the Abyss: The Art of Persona Writing (W.W. Norton 2022).

His six other poetry collections are The God of Loneliness (Harcourt 2010), Living in the Past (Harcourt 2004), The Holy Worm of Praise (Harcourt 2002), the chapbook My Guardian Angel Stein (1986), Deep Within the Ravine (Viking 1984, recipient of The Academy of American Poets’ Lamont Prize) and Like Wings (Viking 1978, winner of an American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award as well as a National Book Award nomination). His work has been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Five Points, The Gettysburg Review, The Paris Review and Slate, among other magazines, and he is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He has also received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Fulbright scholarship, as well as the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine.

Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and founder/director of The Writers Studio

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