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Hilton Manfred Obenzinger

Hilton Manfred Obenzinger (650) 725-0813
Personal bio
Hilton Obenzinger writes fiction, poetry, history and criticism. His most recent book, Busy Dying, is an autobiographical fiction revolving around events when he was a student in 1968-69 and working with students today (Chax, 2008). His other works include a*hole: a novel, an experimental fiction on parents and children, creators and creations, gods and mortals (Soft Skull Press, 2004); Running Through Fire: How I Survived the Holocaust by Zosia Goldberg as told to Hilton Obenzinger, an oral history of his aunt's ordeal during the war (Mercury House, 2004); American Palestine: Melville, Twain and the Holy Land Mania, a literary and historical study of Americaâ??s fascination with the Holy Land (Princeton University Press, 1999); Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San Francisco, a novel of invented documents that recounts the history of San Francisco from the Spanish conquest to the 1906 earthquake and fire (Mercury House, 1993); New York on Fire, a history of the fires of New York in verse, selected by the Village Voice as one of the best books of the year and nominated by the Bay Area Book Reviewerâ??s Association for its award in poetry (Real Comet, 1989); This Passover Or The Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem, a sequence of poetry and prose which received the American Book Award (Momoâ??s Press, 1980). Forthcoming books include Dogs Playing Poker, narratives of failure and success, How We Write; The Varieties of Writing Experience, based on 10 years of â??How I Writeâ?? Conversations at Stanford (see http://www.stanford.edu/dept/undergrad/cgi-bin/drupal_pwr/hwc_hiw_index) and Melting Pots and Promised Lands: Early Zionism and the Idea of America, an examination of joined ideological narratives until 1948. Born in 1947 in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and graduating Columbia University in 1969, he has taught on the Yurok Indian Reservation, operated a community printing press in San Francisco's Mission District, co-edited a publication devoted to Middle East peace, worked as a commercial writer and instructional designer. He teaches writing and American studies at Stanford.

Currently teaching
AMSTUD 185: American Studies Internship (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer)
MTL 398: Graduate Independent Study (Winter, Spring)
AMSTUD 195: Individual Work (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer)
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