Chuck Rosenthal was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended Allegheny College, Bowling Green State University, SUNY Buffalo, and the University of California, Davis, where he got several advanced degrees. He got his Ph.D in English and American Literature with emphasis in creative writing and narrative theory from the University of Utah.
Rosenthal is the author of eight novels: the Loop Trilogy, Loop’s Progress, Experiments with Life and Deaf, and Loop’s End; Elena of the Stars; Avatar Angel, the Last Novel of Jack Kerouac; My Mistress Humanity; The Heart of Mars; Coyote O’Donohughe’s History of Texas. His novels The Legend of La Diosa and You Can Fly will be published in 2016 and 2017 respectively. He has published a memoir, Never Let Me Go, and most a travel book, Are We Not There Yet? Travels in Nepal, North India, and Bhutan (Magic Journalism). He has co-authored two books with Gail Wronsky: Tomorrow You’ll Be One of Us (sci-fi poems) The Shortest Farewells Are the Best (noir flash fiction).
He’s published in numerous magazines and read and lectured to live audiences and on television and radio throughout the U.S. as well as in Mexico and Argentina.
Rosenthal first moved to northern California in 1978 and has lived in Los Angeles since 1986. He began riding horses in 1994 at the age of 43 and purchased his first horse, Jackie O, an Arab-Thoroughbred bay mare in 1995. She died on January 17, 2009, at the age of 22.
His new horse, purchased in July of 2010, La Femme Nikkita, is a Buckskin Morgan mare, now age 10. He tries to ride six days a week.
Rosenthal played basketball in college and learned to surf upon arriving in LA. He crossed Canada and the U.S. on a 400 Suzuki in 1982, but stopped motorcycling last year. Besides horseback riding he enjoys running with his dog, and swimming. Rosenthal lives in Topanga Canyon with his partner, the poet Gail Wronsky. Their daughter, Marlena Dali, moved to Sydney, Australia in August 2010 to pursue her career in performance art. Rosenthal teaches narrative writing and theory at Loyola Marymount University. He is the manager of the Glass Table Artists‘ Collective and Managing Editor of What Books Press.
University of Utah: Ph.D., English and American Literature 1986
Dissertation: Loop’s Progress, a novel (published by Weidenfeld-Grove, New York, 1986, Harper Perennial, 1987, the first creative dissertation published in the USA)
University of California at Davis: M.A., English (Creative Writing Emphasis) 1981
Thesis: Moon Run, a novel
State University of New York at Buffalo: A.B.D., Philosophy 1977
Toward philosophy Ph.D. Concentration: American Philosophy, Semiotics, Asian Philosophy
Bowling Green State University: M.A., Philosophy 1975
Concentration: American Philosophy, Sociological Theory, Asian Philosophy Language: French
Allegheny College: B.A., English and Philosophy 1973
Areas of Expertise (8)
Jack Kerouac and the Beats
State of Utah Award for the Novel (professional)
Two time winner
State of Utah Award for the Short Story (professional)
Pushcart Prize Nominee (professional)
Two time nominee
The National Book Award (professional)
Critics Book Circle Award (professional)
American Library Association Most Notable Book Award (professional)
PEN International Award for Fiction (professional)
- Beyond Baroque
- Associated Writing Programs
- Prague Summer Writing Institute
- French: reading proficiency
- Spanish: reading proficiency
Media Appearances (1)
Magic Journalism in L.A.
The Magazine of Loyola Marymount University online
Chuck Rosenthal, professor of English, is the author of eight novels, a travelogue and a memoir. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the PEN West Literary Award. A practitioner of “magic journalism,” his book of essays “West of Eden: A Life in 21st Century Los Angeles” was published in 2012 by What Books Press. His novel, “Ten Thousand Heavens,” was published this year. He was interviewed by John Kissell.
Research Grants (2)
LMU Summer Research Grants
Loyola Marymount University
Summer Research Grant
BCLA College Fellowship
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU
Intro to Fiction
Fiction Introduction Course
Language of Fiction
Advanced Fiction Workshops in dialogue, scene, narrative; Writing the Novella
Narrative and Narrative Theory
Narrative and Narrative Theory
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