Department of English

Brad Gooch, Ph.D.


Office:   Atrium 230
Phone:   973-720-3060
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Department: English
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry; American Poetry; Medieval and Renaissance Literature.


Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love (Harper, Winter 2017).

Flannery: A Biography of Flannery O’Connor (Little, Brown. 2009; paperback Back Bay, forthcoming March 2010; Spanish translation, Circe Ediciones, forthcoming) (A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Biography; A New York Times Notable Book of the Year; National Bestseller.)

City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara. (Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers.1993; HarperPerennial paperback. June, 1994. A Book-of-the-Month Club selection.)


Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the 70s and the 80s (Harper, 2015; New York Times bestseller; Amazon Book of the Month; Finalist for Lambda Literary Award; paperback, Harper Perennial.)

Godtalk: Travels In Spiritual America. (Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers; 2002.) (Publisher’s Weekly Daily for Booksellers “Book of the Day” July 29, 2002; Finalist for 2003 English- Speaking Union Ambassador Award in “American Studies.”.)

Dating the Greek Gods. (Simon & Schuster. June 2003.)

Finding The Boyfriend Within. (Simon & Schuster, 1999; A Book-Of-The-Month Club Quality Paperback selection.; chosen for “Top 10 Gay Studies Books of 1999.”; Fireside paperback, 2002)


Zombie00  (Overlook Press, 2000; paperback 2001, Overlook Press.)

The Golden Age of Promiscuity. (Alfred A. Knopf, Publishers, 1996; Masquerade paperback, 1997.)

Scary Kisses. (Putnam's, 1988. Pocket Books, USA paperback; Pan, Great Britain; Olivier,Orban, France, 1990; Fischer, Germany, 1992; reprint Overlook Press. 2003; reprint Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.)

Jailbait and Other Stories. (SeaHorse Press, 1984; Fischer, Germany,1992.; Selected for 1985 Writer’s Choice Award by Donald Barthelme, sponsored by the Pushcart Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.)


The Daily News. (Z Press, 1977)


T.S.E. Text by Brad Gooch & Maitta di Niscemi. Music by Philip Glass. Directed by Robert Wilson. (Performed: Gibellina Arts Festival. Gibellina, Sicily. September 3, 1994.)

Poems, Stories, Articles, and Reviews in magazines including:

The Paris Review, Partisan Review, The Nation, The Oxford Literary Review, Columbia Review, American Poetry Review, Rohwohlt: LiteraturMagazine, Bomb, Vanity Fair, GQ, HG, Elle, Manhattan, Inc, British Vogue, New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Elle Decor, The Advocate, Out (as Contributing Writer), Travel and Leisure, Talk, Art Forum, W. Flannery O’Connor Review; Open City