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Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz

Distinguished Professor, UC Riverside
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1981
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Tom Lutz has taught at University of Iowa, University of Copenhagen, CalArts, and the Dominican Republic Film Festival. He is now Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at University of California at Riverside, founding editor and publisher of The Los Angeles Review of Books, the founding editor of LARB Books, and the founding director of the USC/LARB Publishing Workshop at University of Southern California. 
 
Lutz is the author of Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums, Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, Cosmopolitan Vistas, American Nervousness, 1903, and most recently two books of travel narrative: And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit and Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the 
Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar. He is the editor of These ‘Colored’ United States: African American Essays from the 1920s (Rutgers University Press). These books have 
been translated into 12 languages and published in dozens of countries. He has published in the Black Music Research Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, New Republic, Salon,
ZYZZYVA, American Literary History, American Literature, Die Zeit, ASAP, Black Clock, Iowa Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, Santa Monica 
Review, Electric Literature, Hermano Cerdo, Belifenet, Connotation Press, LALA, Exquisite Corpse, dozens of other literary and academic journals, and many books from major university 
and trade presses. For LARB he has edited and produced and has in press some 70 books, 35 issues of print quarterlies, 100 hours of short film, 150 hours of radio and podcasts, and over 2500 daily editions of Los Angeles Review of Books, featuring over 6,000 longform pieces of literary journalism.
 
He is finishing a third collection of travel pieces and is shopping a novel (Sugarfish);  a historical drama TV series pilot and bible ((with Stephen Molton) is under contract with a Los Angeles production company. He is working on a book on the 1920s, several other TV series, including one  about the Teapot Dome scandal, and is in the early stages of a book on the global conflict along the aridity line as well as a short book for Columbia UP on aimlessness. The LARB/USC Publishing Workshop (thepublishingworkshop.com) is in its second year.