A. Jay Adler, a New Yorker always, did his graduate work in English literature at Columbia University and is Professor of English at Los Angeles Southwest College. Adler writes in all genres. He is a poetry editor for West Magazine and blogs on politics, culture, and ideas at the sad red earth.
Among his awards, Adler was a 1989 nominee for a junior fellowship in the Harvard Society of Fellows, was awarded a 2002 residency grant in poetry from the Vermont Studio Center, and his screenplay What We Were Thinking Of, since adapted for the stage, was awarded second prize at the 1998 Maui Writers Conference Screenwriting Competition. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Blood Lotus, Tipton Poetry Journal, Pebble Lake Review, and Adagio Verse Quarterly, among others. Journalism has included essays on the history of Route 66 and westward travel for DoubleTake and an account of the now settled Individual Indian Money Trust Fund lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, in Tikkun. “Aboriginal Sin” was included in the 2009 anthology Global Viewpoints: Indigenous Peoples, from Greenhaven Press. Essays on film appear in Bright Lights Film Journal. Among several screenplays,. During his 2008-09 sabbatical year, Adler traveled the country with photographer Julia Dean of The Julia Dean Photo Workshops working on a book documenting current Native American life. Also in progress is a composition textbook and Adler’s memoir of his father’s life, The Twentieth Century Passes.