Poet, music critic, literary scholar, actor, and teacher, Lloyd Schwartz has had an unusually varied career. He is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he teaches in the MFA Program; an editor of three volumes of work on and by Elizabeth Bishop (including the Library of America's Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters); and the author of three volumes of poetry (Cairo Traffic, the most recent) and a chapbook (Lloyd Schwartz: Greatest Hits). His poems have been honored with a Pushcart Prize and publication in The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry.
Schwartz was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he has received wide acclaim, including three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He is also a reviewer for New York Arts, an International Journal for the Arts.
He began work in radio as a regular cast member of the children's program The Spider's Web. Since 1987, he has been the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air, with Terry Gross and has recently published a book entitled Music In and On the Air which features reviews from that program.