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Michael Atkinson

Adjunct Professor of Film

B.F.A., LIU Post


Atkinson has been a busy and widely published critic, poet, screenwriter, novelist and journalist for over 20 years, and as taught film history, screenwriting, criticism and cinematic aesthetics at Post since 1997. He's also taught summer graduate seminars at New York University (2005-2007), is the proud father of three troublesome children. He is a son of Long Island, born and bred.


Film history and appreciation, poetry, creative writing, screenwriting.


"Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood" (SUNY Press)
"Ghosts in the Machine: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema" (Limelight Eds.)
"Blue Velvet" (British Film Institute)
"Flickipedia: Perfect Films for Every Occasion, Holiday, Mood, Ordeal and Whim" (A Cappella Press)
"One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train" (Word Works)
"Hemingway Deadlights" (St. Martin's Press)
"Hemingway Cutthroat" (St. Martin's Press)

Books translated for publishers in Israel, Spain and Brazil.

Critic/essayist, writing currently and regularly in The Village Voice, In These Times, Sight & Sound, Time Out Chicago, LA Weekly, The Criterion Collection, The Believer, The Guardian (U.K.), Turner Classic Movies, Film Comment, Cineaste,, Boston Phoenix, Movie Image Source, Fandor, SPiN, Modern Painters, Movieline, Arena (U.K.), Cinema Scope (Toronto), The L Magazine, Indiewire, The Poetry Foundation, British Film Institute (DVD releases), The Progressive, The Forward, The American Prospect, Etemaad (Tehran), The Age (Melbourne), Interview,, The Stranger (Seattle), City Paper (Baltimore), NY Press, and elsewhere.

Poetry published in The Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ontario Review, The Laurel Review, New Letters, Crazyhorse, Cimarron Review, Chicago Review, Epoch, Phoebe, Poetry Northwest, The Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Zone 3, Chelsea, Mudfish, and many, many other journals. 


Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, 1988-89.
Work selected, "The Best American Poetry 1993" (eds. Louise Gluck & David Lehman), and "The Best American Movie Writing 2001" (eds. John Landis & Jason Shinder).


Co-writer/co-producer, “Babylon Fields” (Network pilot for NBC/20th Century Fox, 2007).

Professional Affiliations

Member, New York Film Critics Circle, 2000 – Present.
Contributing/consulting editor, Cineaste, Sight & Sound, In These Times, Fandor.

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