Lois Silverstein, Ph.D.
Office: Batmale 566
Phone: (415) 239-3388
- Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal Quebec
- M.A., Hunter College, New York
- B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, New York
Areas of Interest
- British and American Literature
- Women Writers: 12th century to Present
- Creativity and the Writing Process
- English 57: Women and Literature
- English 92, 94, 96: Intermediate English Composition and Reading
- English 1A: University Parallel Course/Composition & Reading
- Individual Consulting Practice in Writing & Creativity Development
- DAUGHTER, a novel (2002)
- BLOODLETTING: A Mind At Midlife (1992)
- WOMANTREES HOW YOU ARE BLOOMING (1989)
- MOTHER MY HOUSE IS MOVING PAST (1979)
- VOICES ROUND THE RIVER (1977)
- THROUGH GLASS (1973)
- VALIA: THE STORY OF A WOMAN OF COURAGE (1991) one-woman show
on woman freedom fighter at beginning of WWII - wrote, produced,
performed in San Francisco and Berkeley (1992; 2000)
- also reviews and articles in Barnard College Magazine, SF Review
of Books, SF Weekly, et al
Lois Silverstein holds a Ph.D. in literature from McGill University,
a B.A. from Barnard College, and an M.A. from Hunter College. She
is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Writing Consultant and
Instructor at various universities, colleges and graduate schools
in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has published five books of poems
and prose, essays and reviews, and has written and performed the
one-woman multi-media show VALIA, the story of a woman freedom fighter
in Danzig, in WWII. She runs a writing development and consultation
practice in Berkeley, California and teaches college writing and
womens literature in San Francisco.
She is a frequent reader in the area, on stage, radio, bookstores,
colleges. BLOODLETTING: A MIND AT MIDLIFE, combining prose and poetry,
was one of the first books in the spate of books about menopause.
And frequently, she finds herself, however, unintentionally, in
the avant-garde. "It is as if I was connected to the zeitgeist,"
she said, "but just did not express it through a continuous,
formal, affiliation either in a teaching institution, or in publishing.
Like many women of my generation, I had to invent a niche for myself
and sustain it on my own. This was true of VALIA too, her one-woman,
multi-charactered, multimedia show, which she not only wrote, and
performed but produced, pulling together other artists to mount
the work in San Francisco and on local Public Radio. In VALIA, the
story of a woman freedom fighter at the fall of Danzig in WWII,
one of the centuries great tragedies receives an intense, poignant,
and lyric treatment, the human voice resounding beyond the violence.
Most recently, Silverstein has been writing novels and extended
non-fiction. DAUGHTER is her first completed novel. WIFE is on the
computer screen, as is PIECE WORK, another family tale. She continues
her work on Holocaust-related material and is completing a new work
on Roumanian Jews, based on testimony, called UNSEAL THESE LIPS.
"I believe in writing as an art and a spiritual practice,"
she says. "Nothing in my education prepared me for the depth
and development it has offered me. I work with others to give back
when I have only begun to fathom as I write and read, my daily fare.
With Chaucer, I say, Gladly will I lerne, and gladly teche.