Hilton Obenzinger

Associate Director, Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford
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American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania
Hilton Obenzinger
Hilton Obenzinger writes criticism, poetry, fiction, and history. His books include Busy Dying, Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San FranciscoAmerican Palestine: Melville, Twain and the Holy Land ManiaNew York on Fire, How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience, and This Passover Or The Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem, which received the American Book Award. Recently, he has published a book of poems Treyf Pesach [Unkosher Passover]. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated Columbia University in 1969, taught on what is now the Yurok Indian Reservation and at a pre-school in San Francisco, operated a community printing press in San Francisco's Mission District, has been active in the Native American, Filipino, and Palestinian solidarity movements. He has taught writing, literature and American studies at Stanford University, and is currently Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford.