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PRIVACY POLICY

The Norman Mailer Center & The Norman Mailer Writer's Colony

Program Directors


Lawrence Schiller
President

Lawrence Schiller

President

Lawrence Schiller was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, and grew up outside of San Diego, California. After attending Pepperdine College, he worked for Life MagazineParis MatchThe Sunday TimesTimeNewsweekStern and the Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist. He published his first book, LSD, in 1966. Since then he has published eleven books, including W. Eugene Smith's Minamata and Norman Mailer's Marilyn. He collaborated with Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce and again with Mailer on The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale.

His own books became New York Times Bestsellers which include American TragedyPerfect  MurderPerfect TownCape May Court House, and Into the Mirror. He has directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television which included The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great which won five Emmys.

In 2008, after the death of the writer Norman Mailer, he was named Senior Advisor to the Norman Mailer Estate and is the President and Co-Founder of the Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, in Provincetown, MA. Mr. Schiller was a close friend of Mailer and a collaborator on five of Mailer's works.

Mr. Schiller is a consultant to NBC news, Annie Liebovitz Studio and Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas and has written for The New YorkerThe Daily Beast and other publications.

Lawrence Schiller President
Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander is an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar and writer. Born in Allahabad, India, and raised in India and Sundan, Alexander lives and works in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College int he MFA program in Creative Writing and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the PhD program in English.  She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, literary memoirs, essays and works of fiction and literary criticiam. 

Among her best known works are the volumes of poetry Illiterate Heart and Raw Silk. In addition she has published two novels, Nampally Road and Manhattan Music. Illiterate Heart won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award.

Meena Alexander
Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two works of fiction, the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the story collection Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press 2008), which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999). 

His other awards include a Whiting Writer's Award, a support grant from Creative Capital, The Chicago Public Library's Twenty-first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, the 2003 Charles Angoff award for fiction from The Literary Review, and special citations from the Society for Midlands Authors and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.  He has been at fellow at The Dorothy L. and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a John Farrar Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a Walter E. Dakins Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Jeffery Renard Allen
Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis is the author of Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo and The Cave Painters, Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists. He was the editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000 and during his editorship the magazine won many prizes, including five National Magazine Awards. In 2000, he was selected by the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the ten best magazine editors in the country. He is currently the Humanities Coordinator of the Harry Ransom Center.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time and Rolling Stone, among other publications. As a graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he lives with his wife in Austin, Texas.

Greg Curtis
J. Michael Lennon

J. Michael Lennon

J. Michael Lennon was appointed to write the authorized biography of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Norman Mailer by the Mailer estate in December of 2006, following the death of Robert F. Lucid.

He is a former professor of English at Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois, and Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. While at Wilkes he held various offices, including Vice President of the university and chairman of the Humanities Division, as well as co- director of the Wilkes University low-residency MA/MFA in Creative Writing, a program which he founded in 2004, along with current Program Director Bonnie Culver. He is also the current President and one of the founders of The Norman Mailer Society, a literary society dedicated to promoting interest and scholarship on the works of Norman Mailer. He has published and edited many books and articles, and is currently based in Massachusetts.

J. Michael Lennon