Present Position | Place and Date of Birth | Education | Honors, Prizes, and Awards | Professional Experience | Professional Associations | Publications: | I. Books  II. Poetry  III. Essays  IV. Essays in Anthologies V. Public Lectures  VI. Interviews  | Biographical Listings

Present Position
Curriculum Designer and Consultant to the Ross School, East Hampton, N.Y.

Place and Date of Birth
Chicago, Illinois, July 16, 1938

Diploma, Los Angeles High School, 1957
B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1962
M A., Cornell University, 1964
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1966

Honors, Prizes, and Awards
Scholarship Student, Pomona College, 1958-62.
John Dye Writing Award (for Poetry) Pomona College, 1960.
Lincoln Honnold Fellowship, Pomona College, 1962.
Graduated with Honors in Philosophy, Pomona College, 1962.
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1962.
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, 1964-65
First Prize, National Playwriting Contest, sponsored by the University of Santa Clara, Califomia, 1966.
Research Fellowship, Jaspar Whiting Fund of Boston, 1966.
Old Dominion MIT Faculty Fellowship, Fall Semester, 1967.
Semi-Finalist, National Book Award, 1972.
Honorary Colleague, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York, 1975.
Oslo International Poetry Festival Award, 1986.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellowship, 1992-1998.

Professional Experience
Teaching Assistant of English, Cornell University, 1962-64.
Instructor of Humanities, M.I.T., 1965-66.
Asst, Prof. of Humanities, M.l.T., 1966-67.
Assoc. Prof. of Humanities, M.l.T., 1968.
Assoc. Prof. of Humanities, York University, Toronto, 1968-72.
Professor of Humanities, York University, 1973.
Founder and President, The Lindisfarne Association, 1972-1997.
Visiting Prof. of Religion Syracuse University, Spring Term, 1973.
Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, February-March, 1981.
Visiting Professor of Celtic Studies, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Spring Term, 1984.
Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Spring Term, 1985.
Adjunct Faculty Member, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, Calif. Fall Term, 1987.
Rockefeller Faculty, Calif. Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Winter and Spring Quarters, 1993-95.
Lindisfarne Scholar of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 1985-1996.
Curriculum Designer and Consultant to the Ross School, East Hampton, N.Y. 1995-

Professional Associations
Authors Guild, New York
New York Academy of Science
Fellow, Society for Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, New York.
Fellow, The Lindisfarne Association, New York


I. Books:
The Imagination of An Insurrection: Dublin, Easter 1916. Oxford University Press, New York, 1967) Paperback editions: Harper & Row, New York, 1972. Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York. 1982.

At the Edge of History (Harper & Row, New York, 1971). Nominated for National Book Award, 1972. French Edition: Laffont, Paris, 1972. Italian Edition, Rusconi, Rome, 1972. American paperback editions: Harper & Row, New York, 1972, 1979; Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1990.

Passages About Earth: An Exploration of the New Planetary Culture (Harper & Row, New York, 1974). British edition, Rider, London, 1975. German edition, Aurum verlag, Munich, 1975. Spanish edition, Logos Consorcio, Mexico, 1975. American paperback editions, Harper & Row, 1975, 1979, Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1990.

Evil and World Order, Vol. 49 in World Perspectives Series, edited by Ruth Nanda Anshen (Harper & Row, New York, 1976). Paperback edition, Harper & Row, New York, 1977.

Darkness and Scattered Light: Four Talks On the Future (Doubleday, Anchor Books, New York, 1978). Spanish edition, CONACYT, Mexico City, 1982.

The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality, and The Origins of Culture (St. Martin's Press, New York, 1981). Paperback edition, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1982. British edition, Rider, London, 1982. German edition, Edition Weitbrecht, Stuttgart, 1985. German paperback edition, Rowhohit Taschenbuch, Hamburg, 1987.

Blue Jade From the Morning Star: An Essay and a Cycle of Poems on Quetzalcoatl(Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1983).

Islands Out of Time: A Memoir of the Last Days of Atlantis (Dial Press, Doubleday & Co., New York, 1985). British edition, Grafton Books, London, 1987. German edition, Goldmann Verlag, Munich, 1989 American paperback edition, Bear & Co., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1990.

Pacific Shift (Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1986). German editions, Dianus-Trikont Verlag, Munich, 1985 Goldmann Verlag, Munich, 1986. Japanese edition, Shunju Sha Ltd., Tokyo, 1987. Italian edition Pierluigi Lubrina Editore, Bergamo, 1989.

Gaia: A Way of Knowing, Edited by W.l.T. and including Introduction and Conclusion (Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1987). Italian edition, Feltrinelli, Milan, 1989. Spanish edition, Kairos, Barcelona, 1990.

Imaginary Landscape: Making Worlds of Myth and Science(St. Martin's Press, New York, 1989). Paperback edition, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1990. Danish edition, Munksgaard, Copenhagen, 1990.

Selected Poems: 1959-1989 (Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1989)

Gaia Two, Emergence: the New Science of Becoming Edited by W.l.T. with Introduction and Conclusion (Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1991). Italian Edition, Pierluigi Lubrina Editore, Bergamo, 1991.

Reimagination of the World (Co-Authored with David Spangler (Bear & Co., Santa Fe, 1991).

The American Replacement of Nature (Doubleday/Currency, New York, 1991).

Coming Into Being: Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness (St. Martin's Press, New York, 1996).

Worlds Interpenetrating and Apart: Poems 1959-1996 (Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1997).

Transforming History: Transformations of Culture and Transformative Learning (Lindisfarne Books, Great Barrington, MA, forthcoming, Autumn, 2001).

II. Poetry
"Hart Crane and William Yeats" and "Nightwatch I" in Cornell Festival of Arts, 1964.
"Sunset at Point Lobos" in Epoch, Feb., 1964.
"Quetzalcoatl and Quetzalpetlatl" in Corona, 1982.
"Topiltzin’s Address at Xochicalco" and "Meditation on Mount Nonohualca" Re-Vision, Fall, 1983.
"Diablo Canyon!" in Resurgence, Winter, 1983.
"To Findhorn, April 28,1986 in On Earth, Sept., 1986.
"Gaian Cosmologies," Is Journal (Los Angeles), December, 1967.
"The Lessons of History" Whole Earth Review, Dec., 1988.
"Sonnet: Dirty Old Man in Berne" Annals of Earth, Dec., 1988.
"The Pearl of Great Price" Is Journal, Autumn, 1989.
"Autumn in New York," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1990.
"At the Tomb of James Joyce in Zurich, Annals of Earth, Summer, 1991.
"Lindisfarne, 793," Temenos 12, (London) Winter, 1992.
"Manhattan Morning, 2011 A.D." Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1992.
"Spring in the Haight-Ashbury," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1996.
"Des Alpengluehen," Annals of Earth, Summer, 1996.
"At the Beginning of My Sixtieth Year," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1997.
Images of History." Temenos Academy Review (London), Spring 2000.

III. Essays
"Anthropology and the Study of Values in Main Currents In Modern Thought, Dec., 1962.
"Three Anthropological Approaches to the Study of World View" in Main Currents In Modern Thought, Dec., 1964.
"The Language of Finnegans Wake" the Sewanee Review, Dec.,1964.
"Freedom and Comedy," Tulane Drama Review, April, 1965.
"Collapsed Universe and Structured Poem" College English, Nov., 1966. (The Yeats section of this essay was reprinted in Paul Engle s textbook, Reading Modern Poetry.
"Los Angeles: Reflections at the Edge of History," Antioch Review, Sept.,1968.
"Technology: The Final Solution," the Canadian Forum, March, 1972. Reprinted in Seeing Through Shuck, Ed. Richard Kostelantz, New York, 1973.
Three Brief Essays requested by Harrison Salisbury for the OpEd page of the New York Times, May and June, 1971.
"Planetary Vistas" Harper S Magazine, December, 1971. (This is a longer version of the material published on the New York Times OpEd page, May, June 1971.
"The Individual as Institution," OpEd page, New York Times, Dec. 31, 1971, and Jan. 1, 1972.
"Alternative Realities" Essay-Review, the New York Times Book Review, Feb., 13,1972.
"Paolo Soleri and the Individual as institution," Cover Article, Harper’s Magazine, September, 1972.
"The Deeper Meaning of Apollo 17," OpEd page, the New York Times, Jan. 1, 1973.
"Lindisfarne: the Founding of a New Educational Community," Change, May, 1973.
"Walking Out on the University," Harper’s Magazine, Sept., 1973.
"Lindisfarne," the Futurist, Feb., 1975.
"Art in the Doorway between Two Worlds," Los Angeles Times Book Review, Feb. 16, 1975.
"Meditation on the Dark Ages, Past and Present," New Alchemy Journal, Summer, 1975.
"Television and the Crisis of Industrial Civilization," OpEd page, the New York Times, June 10,1976.
"Planetary Culture and the New Image of Humanity," Onearth, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland, Fall, 1976.
"Auguries of Planetization," Quest 77, May-June and July-August, 1977.
"The Future as Image of the Past," Quest (LONDON), January-February, 1978.
"The Imagination of Jerry Brown," OpEd Page, The New York Times, Feb. 24, 1978.
"A Conversation with Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr." Quest 78, Sept.-Oct., 1978.
"Poetry and Prophecy: Remarks on W. B. Yeats and the Esoteric Tradition" in Lindisfarne Letter 9, 1979.
"The Artists of Planetary Culture: A Review of New Work by Doris Lessing and Karlheinz Stockhausen" in Lindisfarne Letter 10, 1980, pp. 100-102.
"The Origins of the Design of the Lindisfarne Chapel" in Lindisfarne Letter 12, 1981.
"The Miniaturization of History," CoEvolution Quarterly, Winter, 1978-79. (Reprinted as the Foreword to John and Nancy Todd s Tomorrow Is Our Permanent Address (Harper & Row, New York, 1981).
"Quetzalcoatl: the Serpent s Ascent" Re-Vision, Fall, 1982.
"From Nation to Emanation: Planetary Culture and World Governance" (Pamphlet, The Findhorn Foundation, Forres, Scotland, 1982). Swedish edition, Den Nya Renassansen, Akademiliteratur, Stockholm, 1985.
"Four Cultural-Ecologies" Resurgence (England) Nov-Dec., 1983. Reprinted in the United States in theAnnals of Earth Stewardship, Falmouth, Mass, 1983.
"Reflections on the Olympics in Los Angeles" in the Annals of Earth Stewardship, Feb., 1985.
"Politics Unbound: the World That’s After Us" Ethos (Toronto), Summer, 1985.
"With Gregory' s Mind in Nature" Annals of Earth, Sept., 1985.
"A Conversation with David Spangler," Annals of Earth, Jan., 1986.
"Pacific Shift." Annals of Earth, July, 1986.
"Evil and the Apartheid of Good" Resurgence, July, 1986.
"The Sunday Evening Evolutionary News" in Is Journal, International Synergy, Los Angeles, July, 1986.
"Gaia Politik: Personliche Oberlegungen zur Alternativ-Bewegung der Siebziger" SphinxMagazin (Baser) October, 1986.
"Reflections on the Seventies" (Different Version from the Basel text) in Annals of Earth, Winter, 1986.
"Acht Thesen Zur Gaia-Politik," Sphinx, Basel, Dec. 1986. English Version, IN CONTEXT, Sequim, Washington, Winter, 1986.
"A Gaian Politics A Program for the Nineties," WHOLE EARTH REVIEW, Winter, 1986.
"A Conversation with Keiji Nishitani and Francisco Varela," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1987.
"Of Plants, Women, and Lost Cosmologies," Annals of Earth, Summer, 1987.
"A Conversation with James Lovelock" Annals of Earth, Fall, 1987.
"A Conversation with Lynn Margulis" Annals of Earth, Summer, 1988.
"Remarks on an Autopoietic Economy" Edges (Toronto), July, 1988.
"A Conversation with John Todd and Evan Thompson," Annals of Earth, Winter, 1988.
"A Conversation with David Orr, " Annals of Earth, Spring, 1989.
"A Yeatsian Note on the Topology of Incarnation Addressed to Ralph Abraham," Is Journal, Autumn, 1989.
"A Conversation with Sim Van der Ryn," Annals of Earth, Winter, 1989.
"Re-Membering the Forms of Emptiness: the Paintings of Haydn Stubbing," Onearth, Winter , 1989. (Revised Version reprinted in Annals of Earth, Spring, 1993.)
"Letter to Saul Mendlovitz," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1990.
"A Conversation with Michael Murphy," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1990.
"Water and the Evolution of Mentalities," Annals of Earth, Winter, 1990.
"A Conversation with Wendell Berry," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1991.
"CNN and the War in the Gulf," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1991
"An Introduction to Cornelia Hesse Honegger," Annals of Earth, Summer, 1991.
"A Conversation with Joan Halifax," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1991.
"A Conversation with Francisco Varela," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1992.
''A Conversation with Mary Catherine Bateson," Annals of Earth, Winter, 1992
"A Conversation with Ralph Abraham," Annals of Earth, Summer, 1993.
"Heeding the Call to St. John the Divine: A Conversation with Dean James Parks Morton, Annals of Earth, Winter, 1993.
"The Evolution of Consciousness: the Rig Veda and the Babylonian Genesis," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1994.
"The Shift from the Arithmetic to the Geometric Mentality: Another Look at Samson and Delilah," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1994.
"The Evolution of Consciousness: from Spirochete to Spinal Chord," Annals of Earth, Winter, 1994.
"The Road Not Taken: Chaos Dynamics and the Cosmic Feminine in the Tao Te Ching,'' Annals of Earth, Spring, 1995.
"The Ramayana: the Alliance of the Animal and the Human in the Expulsion of the Demonic from the Physical World," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1955.
"Our Evolutionary Bifurcation, or How to Find Food for Thought with the Fork in the Road," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1996.
'"Homer’s Iliad and the Foundation of the West," Annals of Earth, Spring, 1997.
"Lindisfarne Farewell Address: From the Planetary Renaissance of the Seventies to This New Baroque Culture of Wealth in the Nineties," Annals of Earth, Summer, 1997.
"Hesiod and Sappho: Writing and the Inscribing of the Western Self," Annals of Earth, Autumn, 1997.
“Speculations on the City and the Evolution of Consciousness,” Journal of Consciousness Studies , Vol. 7, No. 7, Summer 2000, 35-42.
 “Cultural History and Complex Dynamical Systems,” Lapis: The Inner Meaning of Contemporary Life , No. 12, Winter 2000, 5-11.

IV. Essays in Anthologies
"2020 Hindsight" in 2020 Visions, Ed. Stephen Clarkson (Hurtig, Edmonton, Alberta, 1970).
"Notes on an Emerging Planet" in Earth’s Answer: Explorations of Planetary Culture At the Lindisfarne Conferences, Ed. M. Katz, W. Marsh, 8 G. Thompson (Harper & Row, New York, 1977).
"The Need for Villages" in the Village As Solar Ecology, Report to the U.S. Dept. of Energy from The New Alchemy Institute, 1980; reprinted as a paperback by New Alchemy, 1982.
"The Mythic Past and the Present Moment" in the Celtic Consciousness, ed. Robert O Driscoll (Braziller, New York, 1981). Gemman edition, Keltisches Bewusstein (Dianus-Trikont, Munich, 1985).
"Symposium Remarks" in andere Wirklichkeiten, Proceedings of the Forum International Conference on Science and Religion, Alpbach, Austria, 1983, published by Dianus-Trikont, Munich, 1984.
"Four Cultural Ecologies" translated and republished in German in the collection of essays from Resurgence entitled Metapolitik, Dianus Trikont, Munich,1985.
"Erinnerungen an Gregory Bateson: Mit Gregorys Geist in der Natur" in Hans Gunter Hoii's Das Lockere Und Das Strenge Denken: Essays Uber Gregory Bateson (Beltz Verlag, Weinheim und Basel, 1985).
"Pacific Shift: Address to the Kyoto International Transpersonal Association Conference, April, 1985" printed in Uchu-Shiki E No Sekkin (Tokyo, Shunju-sha, 1986). German Edition, Kesel Veriag, Munich, 198B. American Edition,(Albany, State University Press of New York, 1988). Aiso reprinted in Nature In Asian Traditions of Thought: Essays in Enviornmental Philosophy, Eds. J. Baird Cailicot and Roger T. Ames, (Albany, State University Press of New York, 1989).
"Acht Thesen Fur Eine Gaia-Politik" in Leben Mit Den "Acht Todsuunden" Der Zivilisierten Menscheit, ed. Paul Feyerabend and Christian Thomas, Verlag der Fachvereine an den Schweiz, Zurich, 1987.

(I have not kept a record of the hundreds of public lectures that I have given over the years, as it would take as much space as this C.V. to list them. I have lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell, given endowed lectureships such as the Irving Laucks Lectureship at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and given public lectures at the requests of the Ministries of Culture for Perugia, Barcelona, and Oslo. Since these lectures represent early versions of subsequent publications--for example the Laucks Lectures became Evil and World Order and my lectures in Zurich, Munich, and Frankfurt became Gaia, A Way of Knowing, the list of my publications is the ultimate record of my work.)

Time Magazine, Sept. 11, 1972.
The Bill Moyers Journal, PBS TV, March 26,1979.
Toronto Sunday Star, Nov. 13,1983.
Lightworks: Explorations In Art, Culture, and Creativity, Ed. Milenko Matanovic (Lorian Press, Issaquah, Washington, 1985), 49-61.
Los Angeles Weekly, Dec. 13-19, 1985, pp. 21-28.
Gendaishiso, Tokyo, Dec., 1985.
Onearth, July, 1985. Reprinted in German, Sphinx (Basel), Feb.-Mar., 1986.
Ideas, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Radio, June 21, 1990.
Journal of Wild Culture (Toronto), Autumn, 1990
The Quest: A Journal of Philosophy, Science, Religion, and The Arts (Wheaton, Illinois, Spring, 1991).
"Cognition as Performance: an Interview with William Irwin Thompson by Judy Matthews," Open Eye, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Vol 12, No. 1, June, 1995.
"The Science of Myth," Interviewed by David Jay Brown and Rebecca McClen Novick in Voices from the Edge (The Crossing Press, Freedom, California, 1995), pp. 271-299.
"Cultural Enzymes, Charismatic Academies, and Routine Institutions: Arthur Zajonc interviews William Irwin Thompson, Annals of Earth, Volume XIII, No. 3, Winter, 1995.
"Life, Lindisfarne, and Everything: William Irwin Thompson Speaks Out," Interview by John David Ebert in Alexandria: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, and Culture (Phanes Press, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1997), 253-270.

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