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Jay Cantor Professor, English
BACKGROUND: Raised in Great Neck, NY; Ph.D., University of
California-Santa Cruz; at Tufts since 1977.
PUBLISHED WORK: Five books, including three novels; latest
work is Great Neck. Working on next novel, titled The Reborn.
ABOUT WRITING: "It starts with just a love of putting
words together and a certain physical feeling that comes with that.
Beyond that, without story-telling, I wouldn't know what to do with
all the lives that I hear about everyday."
WHY TUFTS: "Tufts is a place very open to a person
teaching what they are most interested in.
I think graduate students come to Tufts for the strength of the
faculty, its accessibility, and its range of interests. They won't be
disappointed by the other students, who, from my experience are a very
self-directed, independent minded group."
AFTER-HOURS: "I don't have free time. I say that because
I'm either working on classes or I'm researching things for class, or for
my novels or essays. But those are all things that I want to do. So you
could say that the good thing about my work for Tufts is that it is what
I would want to do in my free time. I also write screenplays, as work for
hire for studios."