Western Connecticut State University
CSU Distinguished Professor
Address: English Dept., WCSU, Danbury, CT 06810
33 Barnard Road, Granville, MA 01034
Ph.D. in aesthetics and psychology, The Union Institute and University,
M.A. in English, New York University, 1972
B.A. in Letters, Wesleyan University, College of Letters, Honors, cum
1999-2001, & 2003
Co-chair, Department of English Language, Comparative Literature and
Adjunct faculty: Union Institute (Ph.D program); Vermont College of Norwich
University (Masters program)
Professor of English, Journalism Coordinator, WCSU
Associate Professor of English, Journalism Coordinator, WCSU
Adjunct English Department Faculty, Mercy College
Humanities Faculty, The New School for Social Research
Adjunct English Department Faculty, Brooklyn College
English teacher, Patchogue High School, Irvington High School
Freelance science writer
Consulting Editor, Herman Smith Associates
Copy Editor, The Hartford Courant
Co-host, The Logic of Poetry Radio show, WNYC public radio, NYC
Freelance professional photographer specializing in book illustration
Managing Editor, New York Quarterly
Managing Editor, The Academy (Am. Acad. Psychoanalysis)
Reporter, The Hartford Courant
Reporter, The Tarrytown Daily News
1997-- Fiction Editor, Assistant Editor, Connecticut Review
Civic: Member of Granville Board of Selectmen, 1987-1992, Chairman
of Board 1989 and 1992; Chairman of committee to create a Citizens' Park
for Granville 1995-1999 ; organizer and Chairman, Granville Business Assn.
1993-1997; 1994 to present, patrol officer, Granville Police.
Professional, Teaching: Undergraduate courses taught include courses
in William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, Introduction to Fiction,
Introduction to Poetry, Basic News Writing, Book Writing and Publishing,
Magazine Editing and Desktop Production, Writing About Specialized Subjects,
Opinion Writing, Fiction Workshop and Advanced Fiction Workshop. Graduate
courses include several courses in aesthetics, nonfiction workshop and creative
In 1999-2000 helped develop the Writing Option of the M.A. in English.
In 1999-2000 developed an undergraduate Professional Writing Major (including
seven options) for the department. Approved in 2001 by the Department of
In 2001-2002 part of the four-person team that developed the low-residency
Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing currently going through the
review process with the state of Connecticut.
Committees: University wide: Honors Council (1990-1996; co-chair
1992-94); Library Policy (1987-1990); accreditation committee on Public
Disclosure and Integrity (1992); Marketing Committee (1998-1999); Chair
of subcommittee of Ad-Hoc Library Committee on Swing Space, Fall 1993. Arts
and Sciences: Planning Committee (1999-2002). Department: Journalism Award
(1987-current); Advisement (1990-2000, chair 1991-1995); Writing Option
(chair, 1991-1994); Undergraduate (1991-current, chair 1993-94); Department
Evaluation Committee (1995-current, chair 1998-1999); Graduate Committee
(1997-current); department curriculum revision committees (1999-2001). Advisor
to the Echo (1992-present), Faculty Mentoring Program (2002-current).
Publications, exhibits, etc.
Trickster Tales, Fine Tooth Press, 2005.
Entangled Landscapes: Stories and Poems About the Mind in Nature.
With James R. Scrimgeour. Pudding House, 2003.
Seven Life Lessons of Chaos. HarperCollins1999. Paperback 2000.
With F. David Peat. German, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Portugese, Spanish
editions. Currently 25,000 in print.
Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos. (Simon & Schuster, Touchstone,
1992). Selected, Quality Paperback Book Club, McGraw-Hill Book Club. German,
Italian and UK editions. 74,000 copies in print in the US.
Metaphor, The Logic of Poetry. Revised edition (Pace Univ. Press,
1991). Originally The Logic of Poetry, published by McGraw-Hill as a textbook
in 1974. Coauthored with Richard Monaco. Approximately 15,000-20,000 copies
Turbulent Mirror: An Illustrated Guide to Chaos Theory and the Science
of Wholeness. (Harper & Row, 1989). Coauthored with David Peat.
Reissued in paperback by Harper & Row, 1990; published in French, German,
Korean, Japanese, Italian, Greek, Chinese (separate mainland and Taiwanese
translations), and UK editions; Book of the Month Club, Macmillan Book Club
and Quality Paperback Book Club selection. Over 170,000 copies in print
Fire in the Crucible: The Alchemy of Creative Genius. (St. Martin's
Press, 1988; reissued in new edition by Jeremy Tarcher, 1989). Crucible
released in a new edition Fall 2000 by Phanes Press. Author. About 30,000
copies in print.
Looking Glass Universe. (Simon and Schuster, 1984) Coauthored
with David Peat. A Science Book Club selection, six printings; French, Japanese,
Italian, UK and Spanish Editions. 20,000 U.S. copies in print.
Selected Book Chapters
- "Where's The Poetry? Consciousness as the Flight of Three Blackbirds"
in Dimensions of Conscious Experience, Paavo Pylkkanen and Tere Vadén,
eds., Vol. 37 of the series Advances in Consciousness Research, Amsterdam:
John Benjamins Publishing, 2001.
- "The Enemy is 'Us': Misconstruing the Real War in The Deer Hunter
and other Post-Vietnam War Narratives," written with Kathleen Brady
and Edward A. Hagan, in Dressing Up for War: Transformations of Gender and
Genre in the Discourse and Literature of War, Aránzazu Usandizaga
and Andrew Monnickendam, eds., Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001.
- "Alice in the Mirror of Art" in Lewis Carroll's Lost Quantum
Diaries, William Shanley, ed., Werner Locher: Frankfurt, 1998.
- "The Balm of Irony," in Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow,
Boston: Quest Books, 1993.
- "Nuance, Metaphor and the Rhythm of the Mood Wave in Virginia Woolf,"
in Virginia Woolf Miscellanies: Proceedings of the First Annual Conference
on Virginia Woolf, New York: Pace University Press, 1992.
- "Ultimate Questioners: The Search for 'Omnivalent' Meaning"
in The Search for Meaning: The New Spirit in Science and Philosophy,
Paavo Pylkkanen, ed., Thorsens: Wellingborough, UK,1989.
- "Reflectaphors: the (Implicate) Universe as a Work of Art"
in Quantum Implications, Basil Hiley and F. David Peat, eds., London:
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987.
- "This*Other-ness and Dreams" in The Variety of Dream Experience,
Montague Ullman and Claire Limmer, eds., New York: Continuum, 1987. Published
in paper by Crucible (Thorsons), 1989.
- Poetry selection in New American Poetry by Richard Monaco (McGraw
Photo illustration for The Logic of Poetry and Seven Life Lessons
of Chaos. Fractal photos will also be appearing in a collection Fractalist
Art to be published in France, Jean-Claude Chirollet, ed. Work exhibited
Alumni Hall, WCSU (Spring 2001), UConn Torrington (Spring 2001).
Selected Relevant Articles
- Interview on Literature and Science, "Conversation with John Briggs,"
published in River Oak Review, No. 14, Spring 2000.
- "Nuance and Omnivalence in the Creative Mind," Advanced Development,
A Journal of Adult Giftedness, spring 1997.
- "Chaos, Fractals, Aesthetics and the Environment," The Network,
- "Exploring the Potentials of Creative Dialogue," ICIS Forum,
- "Dialogue between John Briggs and Morris Berman on the Possibility
of Social Creativity and Its Attendant Dangers in a Mass Society,"
Troisième Millénaire, Paris, Mar. 1994. Also appeared in the
Spanish edition of this magazine. Berman, a social historian, is author
of Coming to Our Senses and The Reenchantment of the World.
- "Unholy Desires, Inordinate Affections, A Psychodynamic Inquiry
into John Wesley's Relationship with Women," with John P. Briggs, M.D.,
Connecticut Review. Spring, 1991.
- "Sweden's Clean Energy Boondoggle," with Lionel Bascom, in
the investigative reporting magazine of Sweden, Scoop, Jan. 1, 1991.
- "Quantum Leap," article on and interview with David Bohm on
the physics of social change, New Age Journal, Sept./Oct. 1989. Excerpted
for Wellness for Helping Professionals, Kendall Hunt, 1990 and Utne Reader,
Spring 1991. Reprinted as a chapter in Discovering Common Ground, Strategic
Futures Conferences for Improving Whole Systems, Marvin R. Weisbord, Ed.
- "Interview with Reese Jenkins," Thomas A. Edison scholar and
Director of The Edison Papers, Omni Magazine, April 1989.
- "Beyond Stereotypes," on prodigy and talent, The World and
I, Mar. 1987.
- "Interview with David Bohm," Omni Magazine, Jan. 1987.
- "Masks," transpersonal states induced by masking and metaphor,
Science Digest, Nov. 1987. Reprinted in the Grolier Scientific Annual 1987.
- "The Genius Mind," Science Digest, Dec. 1984. Reprinted in
Royal Scientific Society and Squiblines, 1987.
- "Unshrouding the Muse: The Anatomy of Inspiration," Artnews,
- "Creativity," cover article Northeast, Oct. 7, 1979.
- "Some Thoughts on Consciousness, Language and Metaphor," The
Academy, May 1974.
- Published interviews with creators such as Richard Wilbur, Jorge Luis
- Borges and W.D. Snodgrass; these interviews have appeared in New York
Quarterly, The Craft of Poetry (Doubleday, 1974) and on air in "The
Logic of Poetry" show which I hosted from 1976-79 on WNYC, New York.
- Published short stories and poems have appeared in such publications
as New American Poetry (McGraw-Hill, 1972), Northwest Review, River Oak
Review, Iowa Review and Prairie Schooner. Recent short fiction in Parting
Gifts; New Novel Review; Manifold; Ibis Review; Paragraph; Art Times; Pudding
Magazine; The Connecticut Review and others.
Selected Relevant Lectures, Papers, Workshops Presentations
- "The Forms of Music as the Forms of Nature." With Eric Lewis,
International Conference on Beethoven's Creativity, School of Music, University
of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
- 3-hour featured presentation on "The Role of the Unknowable in Education"
for Education in the Third Millenium, a congress sponsored by UNESCO, the
Organization of American States and Argentina's National Department of Education,
- "Nuance and the Complex." Workshop with Psychologist John Amoroso.
The Graduate Institute. Sacred Heart University, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2003.
- "Fractal Time," featured presenter with psychologist John Amoroso
at the Idea Festival, Lexington, Kentucky.
- Reading at the Silo with poet James Scrimgeour of a joint collection
of poems and stories entitled Landscapes in the Mind, Oct. 2002.
- Presentation and workshop on "Chaos, Creativity and Leadership,"
University of Basel School of Economics, Basel, Switzerland, January 2002.
- Co-organized international workshop on "The Role of Chaos in Social
and Organizational Development, " Pari, Italy, March 2001.
- Talk on "Learning to Love Chaos," for a Meet the Authors day
sponsored by the Arts and Sciences Alumni Council, Sept. 2001.
- Reading of fiction from Night Shaman Stories, Guild Arts Complex, Chicago,
Illinois, Oct. 20, 1999.
- "Disassembling Reality and Then Not Quite Putting It Back,"
talk for conference on Science and the Arts, DePaul University, Chicago,
Ill., Oct. 20-24, 1999. Travel funded by conference and Illinois Humanities
- "The 'Enemy' is 'Us'" with Kathleen Brady (UConn) and Edward
Hagan (WCSU), presentation (by Hagan and Brady) at a conference entitled,
Dressing Up for War: Transformation of Gender and Genre in the Discourses
and Literature of War, Barcelona, Spain, March 26-28, 1999. This paper was
selected for a book collection of papers on the subject, forthcoming.
- "Where's the Poetry?" presentation to a conference on The Varieties
and Dimensions of Conscious Experience, Skovde Sweden, Oct. 10-12, 1997.
Travel funded by conference.
- Presentation at the World Congress on Violence and Co-existence, Dublin,
Ireland, August 1997 of a paper entitled "War, Creativity, Misogyny
and the Male Romance of Power" written with WCSU Prof. Edward Hagan
and Kathleen Brady of the University of Connecticut.
- "Chaos, Fractals and the Universe as a Work of Art," The College
of Letters, Wesleyan University, Nov. 6, 1996.
- Talk on the Aesthetics of Fractals and Art for the University System
of Georgia Research Symposium, "Chaos Theory and the Arts and Humanities,"
Athens, Georgia, Feb. 29-March 1, 1996.
- Day-long lecture-seminar, "Creatividad y Genio: De la Alquimia a
la Ciencia," Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogatá, Columbia,
July 23, 1993, for the University's program on "Scientific Investigation:
an Interdisciplinary Vision."
- Keynote lecture on "Wholeness in Nature Through Chaos Theory"
for Clarke College (Dubuque, Iowa) 150th Symposium on Paradigms for the
Future, Mar. 24, 1993. Travel funded by symposium.
- "Fractals, Chaos and the Universe as a Work of Art," one of
the Science, Technology & Society Lectures, Arlene Schnitzer Concert
Hall downtown Portland, Oregon, Jan. 22, 1993. Travel funded by lecture
- "Art, Science, and Spirit," literary metaphor, reflectaphors,
chaos theory, quantum mechanics, black holes and Beethoven's Grosse Fugue,
a presentation with Eric Lewis of the Manhattan String Quartet for WCSU
symposium on "The New Age of Exploration: The Next 500 Years,"
Oct. 10, 1992.
- "Virginia Woolf's Primordial Aesthetics": Virginia Woolf Summer
Institute (Southern Connecticut State U.), June 1992.
- "The Universe as a Work of Art": Interface (Boston), June 1990;
Society for Layerists in Multimedia (San Antonio), June 1992. Travel funded
- "The Alchemy of Creative Genius": The Open Center (New York
City) June 1989; Whole Health Expo, May 1990; Powell's Lecture Series (Portland,
Oregon), Fall 1990. Travel funded by Powell's Book Store.
Selected Relevant Grants, Awards
Awarded the title of Connecticut State University Professor (Distinguised
Professor), CSU Board of Trustees, 2000; AAUP Research Award (2000) to explore
the Metaphor of Mathematics; AAUP Research Award (1991) of $3,317 for work
on The Universe as a Work of Art; George Herbert Award for Poetry, from
the World Order of Narrative Poets (1986); grant from Svensk Ortmedicinska
Institutet to help organize and to participate in an international conference
on Holism and the Crisis in Consciousness, Goteborg Sweden(1988); grant
from the same organization for a conference on Meaning, Mind and Matter,
Isle of Thorns, Sussex, England (1986); research fellowship from Lifwynn
Foundation for study of the social significance of dreams (1977).
Listed in Gales Contemporary Authors; Who's Who in the World (Marquis);
Who's Who in the East; Who's Who in American Education; International Authors
and Writers Who's Who.
Professional Organizations: American Association of University Professors,
The National Writers' Union, The Science and Medical Network, The American
Society for Aesthetics.