Faculty & Staff

Lloyd Schwartz, PhD

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts


photo of Lloyd Schwartz

Areas of Expertise

Poetry, Creative Writing, Classical Music, Film, Elizabeth Bishop


PhD, Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop; Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
BA, Queen’s College, New York

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Books of Prose

“That Sense of Constant Re-adjustment”: Elizabeth Bishop’s North & South, including the first comprehensive bibliography of Elizabeth Bishop, Garland Publishing, Inc., 1987

Music In—and On—the Air (collection of Fresh Air reviews), Arrowsmith Press, 2013

Poems, Articles, and Reviews

The Wall Street Journal, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, Tri-Quarterly, Grand Street, Slate, Salmagundi, Ploughshares, Agni, Massachusetts Review, Harvard Magazine, The New York Times Arts Section, Pequod, Boulevard, Partisan Review, Yale Review, Opera News, Northwest Review, Western Humanities Review, Seattle Review, Plume, Best American Poetry (twice), Best of the Best American Poetry (2013).

Read samples of Lloyd Schwartz's work at Poets.org: "A True Poem", "Leaves", and "Six Words".


These People: Voices for the Stage, The Poets' Theatre, World Premiere: Boston, May 19-20, 1990

Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole, Boston Summer Opera Theater, 1972
Stravinsky’s Mavra, New England Chamber Opera, 1973
These People: Voices for the Stage, Poets’ Theatre, 1990

In live theater (with such actors as Tommy Lee Jones, James Woods, Stockard Channing, Cherry Jones and Alvin Epstein) and on a national radio program for children called The Spider's Web (playing among many other parts, Scrooge in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol).

Awards and grants

Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, 1994
National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Poetry Grant, 1990
Pushcart Prize, Volume 12, 1987
United States Information Agency Academic Specialist Grant, 1991,
Somerville Arts Council, 1989
Amphion Foundation (for writing about contemporary music), 1991
Professional Music Fraternity's Radio and Television Award, 1992
ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award (1980, 1987, 1990) for writing on classical music.
The Associates of the Boston Public Library "Literary Lights" Award, 1995
Daniel Varoujan Prize for Best Poem, New England Poetry Club, for his series “Vermeers,” 1984

Professional Appointments

Contributing Arts Critic, WBUR’s the ARTery
Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix from 1976-2013
Senior Editor of Classical Music for the web journal New York Arts (newyorkarts.net)
Classical Music Critic. National Public Radio's Fresh Air.
Executive Board, PEN New England from 1983-1998.
Director/co-directed UMass Boston Creative Writing Program, 1982-2003
Poet in Residence, Tanglewood, 2008 (six poems set to music by Tanglewood Composition Fellows and performed by Tanglewood Vocal and Piano Fellows)


Poetry Writing (UMass Boston undergraduate, MA, and MFA Programs)
Poetry and Poetics
Elizabeth Bishop
Nature of Literature: Poetry
Master Class in Reading One’s Work Aloud (Joiner Institute, Bennington, George Washington University, New York State Summer Writers Institute)