David J. Rothman, PhD

David J. Rothman holds degrees from Harvard, The University of Utah, and New York University. He has taught at the University of Utah, New York University, Zhejiang University (People’s Republic of China), the University of Colorado, Denver University, and Western State Colorado University, along with many secondary schools and non-academic institutions. He currently serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University. In 2012, he won the Lighthouse Beacon Award, which honors “a faculty member for teaching excellence, commitment to students, and dedication to the craft of writing.”

Rothman co-founded and served as first Executive Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, and was the founding Editor/Publisher of Conundrum Press, which is now owned by Denver's Samizdat Group. He has also been the President and Executive Director of the Robinson Jeffers Association and was the Headmaster of Crested Butte Academy, a private secondary school, from 1998 to 2004. He consults with arts and educational non-profits on a wide range of governance and management issues and serves as the representative of the Southwest region to the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Rothman’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, Appalachia, The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, and scores of other journals. His second book of poems, The Elephant’s Chiropractor, was runner-up for the 1999 Colorado Book Award. With Stanley Rothman and Stephen Powers he has co-authored a book on film, Hollywood's America, and his essays and book reviews on subjects from modern poetry to Restoration satire, film theory, education, music, ski mountaineering, and other subjects appear widely. In 2013 he published two volumes of poetry: The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). In 2013 he also published a collection of essays, Living the Life: Tales from America's Mountains and Ski Towns (Conundrum Press).

He lives in Crested Butte, Colorado.

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