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Lee Gutkind

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication


As the distinguished writer in residence at CSPO, Lee Gutkind continues to engage writers and readers through creative nonfiction writing. Gutkind is the founder and editor of the popular journal, Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary journal to exclusively publish nonfiction, now celebrating its 15th year of publication. He has pioneered the teaching of creative nonfiction, chairing the writing program and founding the first-in-the-world MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh, directed the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference at Goucher College for 11 years, and conducted workshops and presented readings throughout the world. Gutkind has written and edited over 25 books, including editing the annual anthology entitled Best Creative Nonfiction and authoring Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction(published by W.W. Norton). In his most recent book, the critically acclaimed Almost Human: Making Robots Think (W.W. Norton), Gutkind documents six years of fly-on-the-wall observation of the students and faculty at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, as they imagine, design, build and test robots. He has been featured on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” the BBC “World,” and Wired.com. Gutkind was appointed the inaugural Virginia G. Piper Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University in 2007. He frequently crosses genres as a writer, editor, reporter, novelist and filmmaker. In 2004, Gutkind was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chatham University.

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Gutkind, Lee. 2015. "Un-Gala." Lecture and Workshop. Walton Sustainability Initiative, Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

Gutkind, Lee. 2015. "You Can’t Make This Stuff Up." Conference. Rivers Club, Hippocampus Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference, The First Person Conference, Pittsburgh, Lancaster.

Gutkind, Lee. 2015. "Writing True Stories That Matter." Lecture and Workshop. National Press Club, Center of Organizational Research and Design at the Institutional Design Frontiers Summit, The Health Industry Forum’s Annual Princeton Conference: Challenges Facing the U.S. Health Care System, Institute of Learning Writing in ELA and Mathematics, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Princeton.

Zirulnik, M. L., Gutkind, L., Guston, D. 2015. The rightful place of science: Creative nonfiction. Tempe, Arizona: Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes.

Gutkind, L., Bradley, A. 2015. Oh, baby: True stories about conception, adoption, surrogacy, pregnancy, labor, and love. Pittsburgh: In Fact Books.