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Phillip Lopate

writer , English language educator

Phillip Lopate, American language educator, writer. Recipient Best Non-Fiction Book award Texas Institute Letters, 1981; grantee National Education Association, 1978, 85; fellow John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1988, New York Public Library. Center for Scholars and Writers fellow, 2000-2001.


Lopate, Phillip was born on November 16, 1943 in New York City. Son of Albert and Frances (Berlow) Lopate.


Bachelor, Columbia University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, Union Graduate School, 1979.


Education director Teachers & Writers Collaborative, New York City, 1968-1980. Associate professor English University Houston, 1980-1988. Adjunct professor English Columbia University, 1988-1992, professor professional practice, since 2008.

Professor English Bennington (Vermont) College, 1992-1993, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, since 1993.



Juror Pulitzer Prize, New York City, 1984, National Book Award, New York City, 1990, Associated Writing Programs, 1993. Various committees Municipal Arts Society, New York City, since 1989. Member Authors Guild, Teachers & Writers Collaborative (board directors since 1980), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association.

Fellow American Academy Arts & Sciences.


Married Carol Ascher, January 15, 1964 (divorced 1968). Married Cheryl Cipriani, December 31, 1990.

Albert Lopate

Frances (Berlow) Lopate

Carol Ascher

Cheryl Cipriani