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Lloyd Schwartz


Poet, music critic, literary scholar, actor, and teacher, Lloyd Schwartz has had an unusually varied career.

He is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he teaches in the MFA Program; an editor of three volumes of work on and by Elizabeth Bishop (including the Library of America's Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters); and the author of three volumes of poetry (Cairo Traffic,   the most recent) and a chapbook (Lloyd  Schwartz: Greatest Hits). 

His poems have been honored with a Pushcart Prize and publication in The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry. He is the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he has received wide acclaim, including three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He began work in radio as a regular cast member of the children's program The Spider's Web. Since 1987, he has been the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air, with Terry Gross.

 New Release: Music In and On the Air

Music In and On the Air is a wonderful collection of radio pieces from Pulitzer Prize winning critic Lloyd Schwartz. The book explores contemporary classics, musical theatre and film, and includes almost all the reviews Schwartz has presented since becoming the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air.

Offering up reflections on performers and composers, from Bolet to Horowitz, Cole Porter to Elvis Costello, Casals to Toscanini — Schwartz brings us closer to music in the air.

Host Terry Gross said it best: “Lloyd is my favorite classical music critic and I’ve been privileged to present him on Fresh Air. That he writes so knowledgeably about movie musicals makes me love him even more. He’s a poet, of course, and his gift for language makes him a pleasure to listen to as well as to read.”

"The book arrived today and I’m already devouring it. It’s like a huge glass bowl of M & Ms, irresistible and addictive."

-  Christopher Purdy / WOSU Classical Radio