Eli C. Goldblatt
Eli Goldblatt was born in 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up on Army posts in the U.S. and Germany. After earning his B.A. at Cornell University, he attended a year of medical school, traveled in Mexico and Central America, and taught high school for 6 years in Philadelphia. He completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. He is a professor of English at Temple University, where he served as university writing director for ten years (five as co-director of the writing center) and five years as first-year writing director. He is the director of New City Writing (Institute for the Study of Literature, Literacy, and Culture), an outreach arm of the writing program focused especially on North Philadelphia. For more than eight years, he served on the board of Tree House Books, a non-profit literary center in the neighborhood near the Temple campus.
Goldblatt works both as a composition/literacy researcher and as a creative writer. In composition, he has helped to establish the field of community literacy with books and articles about the connections between college writing programs and K-12 schools or neighborhood literacy centers. His books in the field include `Round My Way: Authority and Double-Consciousness in Three Urban High School Writers (U of Pittsburgh P, 1995); Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy Beyond the College Curriculum (Hampton P 2007), winner of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Best Book Award in 2008; and Writing Home: A Literacy Autobiography (S. Illinois UP, 2012). His poems have appeared over the last thirty years in small literary journals such as The Pinch, Cincinnati Review, Hambone, Paper Air, Another Chicago Magazine, Madison Review, Louisiana Literature, and Hubbub. His books of poems include Journeyman’s Song (Coffee House, 1990), Sessions 1-62 (Chax Press, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax Press, 1999), and Without a Trace (Singing Horse Press, 2001). In addition, Goldblatt published two children’s books, Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep, both from Harbinger House in 1990.