Meet Andy J. Solomon
Professor, English and Writing
Education: 1966 University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
1970 University of Pittsburgh, M.A.
1974 University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
Writing As a Means of Self-Discovery
The Romantic Writers
Career Specialties: Andy Solomon is a Shakespearean scholar whose doctoral dissertation was on Shakepeare's "The Winter's Tale." His other areas of special advanced study include the Romantic Period, Comedy Theory, and African-American Literature. He was hired by UT in 1976, however, to design and administer its creative writing major.
Professional and Community Activities: In his career as a writing teacher, Solomon has instructed Amy Hill Hearth, author of
Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years
, Steve Boyett, author of
Ariel and The Architect of Sleep
, and Connie May Fowler, author of
Before Women Had Wings
and many other successful writers, editors and journalists. He is a
karate expert and for seven years was adviser to UT's Karate Club. Solomon has completed a book on single parenting and cross-country
motorcycling. From 1981 until 2005 he conducted workshops in the
National Intensive Journal Program.
Solomon is the author of the novel
and has published his fiction and poetry in
New Orleans Review
. He serves as a book critic for
The New York Times
Los Angeles Times
and several other publications as well as on National Public Radio.
Honors and Awards: Eight-time nominee for the National Book Critics Circle's award for
excellence in book criticism. In Spring 2007 he became the first person
named to be Student Government's Faculty Member of the Month.