Michael Blitz
Professor Emeritus
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PhD  The State University of New York, Albany
MA   The State University of New York, Albany

BA The State University of New York, Albany


Michael Blitz is Professor of  Interdisciplinary Studies (where he served as Chair from 1999 - 2009). He joined the John Jay College faculty in 1988 after two years as Associate Director of Composition at Rutgers University. In addition, Michael Blitz holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga (the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF]) and has taught Krav Maga to adults and children since 2001. Michael lives on Long Island with his wife, Mozelle; they have four children: Celine, Daina, Cory, and Rene.



Scholarly Work

2015     The Trouble He Brews (Cleveland, OH: Laughing Gull Press)

2014     Jon Stewart: A Biography (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press)

2014     Those Other Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. (Lexington, KY: Dark Press)

2011      On the Surgeon's Knife (Accordion Foundry Press)

2011     Johnny Depp: A Biography (Czech translation, Praha 2011)

2008     Johnny Depp: A Biography (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press) w/Louise Krasniewicz

2006     Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Biography (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press) w/Louise Krasniewicz

2004     Why Arnold Matters: the Rise of a Cultural Icon (New  York: Basic Books) w/Louise Krasniewicz

2002    Satellite Strains (Barrytown, NY: Left Hand Books)

2002     These Now & Other Poems (Writers Club Press)

2002     100 Pre-Read Blushes: When the Poem is Not Enough  (Writers Club Press)

1998      Letters for the Living: Teaching Writing in a Violent Age (Urbana, IL: NCTE) w/C. Mark Hurlbert

1995     Suction Files (Providence, RI: Woodbine Press)

1991     Composition & Resistance (Boynton/Cook - Heinemann) w/C. Mark Hurlbert

1990     Five Days in the Electric Chair (Providence, RI: Woodbine Press)

1986     The Spacialist (Providence, RI: Woodbine Press)

1982 Partitions (Fall River, MA: Volaphon Books)






Research Summary

Michael's areas of research include:

---American poetry & poetics

---Cultural studies

---Biography and autobiography


---Krav Maga, Israeli Self-Defense