Tom Lutz

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Tom Lutz (born March 21, 1953)[1][2] is an American writer and literary critic, and founder and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lutz grew up in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. He graduated from Greenwich (CT) High School. He received his B.A. in English and journalism from University of Massachusetts, and a master's degree and Ph.D in English from Stanford University.[2]


Lutz taught creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts, University of Iowa,[4] Stanford University, and the University of Copenhagen.[2] He is currently Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside.[5][6]

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Die Zeit, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse,, and Black Clock.[7]

His books include Drinking Mare's Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar (2016), And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life of Travel (2016), Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America (2007, American Book Award), Cosmopolitan Vistas: American Regionalism and Literary Value (2004; Choice Outstanding Academic Title), Crying: The Natural & Cultural History of Tears (1999; New York Times Notable Book), and American Nervousness, 1903: An Anecdotal History (1991, New York Times Notable Book), and have been translated into 12 languages.[7]

He is the founding editor and publisher of Los Angeles Review of Books.[8]

He lives in Los Angeles.[9]





  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Cameron (October 26, 2011). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, TOM LUTZ, EDITOR OF LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tom Lutz's Blog - The Los Angeles Review of Books - July 01, 2010 16:50". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ "Tom Lutz | W. W. Norton & Company". 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ "UCR Newsroom: Acclaimed Author Joins UCR". 2006-09-20. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ "CHASS: Tom Lutz is a Recipient of the 2008 American Book Awards". 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. ^ a b "UCR: Department of Creative Writing". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  8. ^ "About - Los Angeles Review of Books". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  9. ^ "Tom Lutz | Authors | Macmillan". Retrieved 2017-04-25.

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