Philip Schultz, UI Graduate 71MFA

Prize Work: Failure; Pulitzer Prize: 2008 Poetry

Philip Schultz (born 1945) is an American author.

Philip Schultz (born 1945) is an American author.

Author Biography - Philip Schultz (b. 1945 in Rochester, New York) is an American poet, and the founder/director of The Writers Studio, a private school for fiction and poetry writing based in New York City. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including his most recent Failure (2007) co-winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Living in the Past (2004), and The Holy Worm of Praise (2002), all published by Harcourt. He is also the author of Deep Within the Ravine ( Viking 1984, recipient of The Academy of American Poets Lamont Prize); Like Wings (Viking 1978, winner of an American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award as well as a National Book Award nomination) and the poetry chapbook, My Guardian Angel Stein (1986). His work has been published in The New Yorker, Partisan Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Slate, among other magazines, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Poetry to Israel and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. He has also received, among others, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1981), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (1985), as well as the Levinson Prize from Poetry magazine.

Schultz founded The Writers Studio in 1987 after spending four years as the founder and director of New York University's graduate creative writing program. The Writers Studio utilizes a method that emphasizes technique and emotional connection, making writers aware of the distinction between the actual writer and a narrative persona. Today it features an online program, workshops in New York City, San Francisco and Tucson, as well as a celebrated reading series in New York City.

Philip Schultz lives in East Hampton, NY with his wife, sculptor Monica Banks, and their two sons, Elias and August.

Learn More About Schultz's Prize Winning Work: Failure

Failure by Philip Schultz

Book Description
The careful, compassionate sixth outing from Schultz reverses the plot many poetry books imply. Rather than show an emotional problem (in the first poems) followed by its gradual solution, Schultz begins with warm, even heartwarming, short depictions of love, marriage, fatherhood, and mourning, in which even the elegies find reasons to love life.

Schultz addresses the deceased poet David Ignatow: "I didn't go/ to your funeral, but, late at night, I/ bathe in the beautiful ashes of your words." As a reader moves through the volume, and especially in "The Wandering Wingless"—the sequence whose 58 segments and 54 pages conclude the book—Schultz's gladness gives way to regret and grim fear. Devoted (like several of Schultz's short poems) to the virtues of dogs and of dog-ownership, and to the horrors of September 11, "Wingless" meanders through the poet's own depression and his young adult life before settling on his continuing grief for his unstable, suicidal father. "Why/ did Dad own, believe in,/ admit to, understand/ and love nothing?" It is a question no poet could answer, though Schultz sounds brave, and invites sympathy, as he tries.

The clear, even flat, free verse suggests Philip Booth, though Schultz's Jewish immigrant heritage, and his attachment to New York City, place him far from Booth's usual rural terrain. Few readers will find his language especially varied or inventive; many, however, could see their own travails in his plainly framed, consistently articulated sorrows and joys.

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Bibliography - Philip Schultz

Failure (2007)

Living in the Past (2004)

The Holy Worm of Praise (2002)

My Guardian Angel Stein (1986)

Deep Within the Ravine (1984)

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