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Editor , literary editor , publisher , writer , civil rights activist

Peter Anthony Dale Collier is a writer and publisher based in California.


Collier, Peter Anthony was born on June 2, 1939 in Hollywood, California, United States. Son of Donnovan L. and Doris Y. (Cohen) Collier.


Peter Collier was born in Hollywood, California, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a BA in English in 1961.


He was the founding publisher of Encounter Books in California and held that position from 1998 until he resigned in 2005. The company moved from San Francisco to New York City, and Collier was replaced as publisher by Roger Kimball. He continues as a consultant to the company.

Initially allied with liberal causes, Collier has moved right and collaborated with conservative writer David Horowitz on many projects over many decades, e.g., co-editor of Ramparts. And publishing articles on Horowitz's FrontPageMagazine.com. He has served as a co-author with Horowitz on several history and critical books (including The Anti-Chomsky Reader (2004)).

Collier was a co-organizer of the Second Thoughts conferences for ex-leftists who had moved to the right. He served as a civil rights activist in the South in 1964. Returning to California, Collier taught Freshman English at UC Berkeley from 1964–69.

He became literary editor of Ramparts Magazine in 1967. He served as editor of that magazine from 1968-1972 along with David Horowitz, whom he became acquainted with at Berkeley in the late 1950s. In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.

He returned to UC Berkeley as a Lecturer in Creative Writing from 1978-81. Collier has contributed reviews to various publications. He is on the editorial board of World Affairs, a quarterly international affairs journal.

Collier is a fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts (1980). He lectured abroad for the United States Information Service in 1980, 1987, and 1998. Collier lives with his family in Nevada City, California.


  • He was a co-founder with Horowitz of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.



Married Mary Josephine Giachino, September 27, 1967. Children: Andrew, Caitlin, Nicholas.

Donnovan L. Collier

Doris Y. (Cohen) Collier

Mary Josephine Giachino

Andrew Collier

Caitlin Collier

Nicholas Collier