Don Rothman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, went to the University of Michigan and U.C. Berkeley, where he studied English and Philosophy. He began his teaching career at Merritt College in Oakland and then helped to build Oakes College, U.C. Santa Cruz, where he taught writing for 34 years before retiring in 2007. For almost three decades he directed the Central California Writing Project, a think-tank for k-university teachers on the promise of writing to enhance democracy. He has published many essays on literacy education and a book on his lifelong relationship to photography, ONE WAY OF SEEING photographs and essays during a time of reflection 2010 available at BLURB.com and Bookshop Santa Cruz.

He has also published Looking for Bethlehem (also available at BLURB.com and Bookshop Santa Cruz) a collection of evocative photos of the defunct Bethlehem Steel Mill in Pennsylvania with an introductory essay and an afterword in the form a letter to his father, who spent his life in the iron and steel industry.

He is currently on the Shakespeare Santa Cruz Advisory Board.

He lives with his wife in Santa Cruz, California.




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Ronnie Cohen January 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Don,
This is a bit bizarre. I am a teacher, writer and musician. Since I’m on a winter break, I’ve begun a memoir. One section includes my first meeting with Dan Gover, in Boston, in 1980. He hired me, who was then only twenty-three, to teach at Newbury Junior College, where he was Chair of the English Dept. (Dan was then working on his Ph.D. at Harvard.) As a writer, no doubt you’ve considered the magic of memory. Well, I remembered, during that first interview with Dan, his mentioning your name after I told him that I had done my undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz. I googled your name and, lo and behold, you exist! I just read one of your essays on teaching and enjoyed it. By the way, I am a Fellow of the Writing Project down here at UCLA. Maybe you know Faye Peitzman and Jane Hancock. Take care.

Ronnie Cohen


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