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Michael Atkinson

Adjunct Professor of Film

B.F.A., LIU Post


Professor Michael Atkinson writes regularly for The Village Voice, In These Times, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Sight & Sound, The Believer,, Criterion Collection, Time Out New York, The Progressive, The Forward, indiewire, Moving Image Source, Cineaste, Film Comment, and many other publications. He is author of seven books, including EXILE CINEMA: Filmmakers at Work Beyond 
Hollywood (SUNY Press), GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Proscenium), BLUE VELVET (British Film Institute), the novel HEMINGWAY CUTTHROAT (St. Martin's Press), and the debut volume of poetry ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN WAITING FOR A TRAIN (Word Works). He is the Co-writer of the network pilot BABYLON FIELDS (NBC/20th 
Century Fox). He is currently finishing a novel, THE SAINT OF AFTER MIDNIGHT, and working on the critical work LOST IN XANADU: The Secrets of CITIZEN KANE and the Ordeal of the American Dream (SUNY Press).


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.