Brad Gooch



S236 Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi, Sponsored by Poets House
Ballroom ABC, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event, leading Rumi interpreter, Coleman Barks, reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, and poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition.

WEEK OF JULY 21, 2014

Brad Gooch’s 2010 Flannery: A Biography of Flannery O’Connor turned up the spotlight on O’Connor when it was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year—not to mention accomplishing the highly unusual feat for an academic tome of being a New York Times bestseller. This study of O’Connor’s life followed an earlier biography of Frank O’Hara, and he is currently at work on a biography of the Persian poet Rumi as well as translations of Rumi’s work. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction publications, these works demonstrate the versatility and broad range of interests Professor Gooch brings to the Summer Institute.

A Professor of English at William Paterson University, Professor Gooch will lead seminars for “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor” that will focus on O’Connor’s relations to community, especially her connections to mysticism and to the New Critics. In addition, he will deliver a public lecture on July 23 entitled, “Flannery and Brad: A Rocky Relationship,” which will draw on his experience of writing an O’Connor biography. During his week at the Institute, he will be available to meet with NEH Summer Scholars to discuss their Institute projects and to offer advice on dealing with archives and publishing archival materials.

Selected Works

SMASH CUT is a love story, an elegy, and an intimate history of New York City in the 70s and 80s.
“O'Connor lives and breathes--and spits fire--in Brad Gooch's portrait.”
Vanity Fair
“A necessary chronicle of a fascinating, often overlooked, key character in modern American letters.”
Los Angeles Times
"No one else has written a book this literate and witty about the modeling world."
–Bret Easton Ellis
"Truly great. . . .a subtle and brilliantly odd book, the best of Gooch's career." (Bookforum)
"Gooch's detailed descriptions and provocative observations make The Golden Age of Promiscuity the next best thing to taking a time-machine trip to grovel in the glorious '70s gutter. " -- San Francisco Chronicle
"On so hot a subject as religion in America, Brad Gooch is as serenely cool as Tocqueville was on an equally hot subject, democracy in America; and as irresistibly readable." - Gore Vidal
"A must-read for all men - gay or straight - and the women who love them." - Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City
Unique in its approach and totally accesible in its realization, Dating the Greek Gods is an enlightened and literary self-help book that encourages readers to turn to their own inner oracle.
Short Stories
"Brad Gooch's stories offer gray grainy photographs of urban life with a roughness and directness unequalled in contemporary fiction. Brilliant." --Donald Barthelme
Brad Gooch's first book: nineteen poems. Smalltown adolescense, disco sex, S&M performance poems. And love poems.

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