Hilton Als

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About

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of two acclaimed collections of essays, Hilton Als’ writings are provocative contributions to the discourse on the arts, race, class, sexuality, and identity in America. His conversations with and about visual artists and his work as a playwright and cultural critic invigorate our understanding of desire, vulnerability, and artistic practice by insisting that we, in Roxane Gay’s words, “question almost everything.” With his incisive, lyrical perspectives in his weekly theater reviews for The New Yorker, and in White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Non-fiction, Als simultaneously shows us how to place director, author, and performers in the ongoing continuum of dramatic art and how to critically view the individual in the ongoing dramatic continuum of life. As the CalArts MFA in Creative Writing Program’s 2022 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence, he will read from a curated set of new and previous works, infused with the arresting insights and rigorous style he is known for. 

In his open, ­omnivorous writing on literature, ­visual art, and performance, Hilton Als has made critical analysis and introspection a conjoined practice.

The Paris Review