Frederick Feirstein: Psychoanalyst, Poet, Playwright
Frederick Feirstein is a playwright with a dozen New York productions. His play SIMON AND THE SHOESHINE BOY was first produced at the Chelsea Theater Center. His comedy THE FAMILY CIRCLE was first produced at the Provincetown Playhouse (New York), and subsequently published in the Modern Classics Series in London (Davis-Poynter/Harper Collins) It represented America in the series. Sartre's play represented France and Doris Lessing's England. He has written the book and lyrics for musical dramas, the best known being THE CHILDREN ’ S REVOLT which he directed starring Willem Dafoe. His latest play Olympic Comics will be produced New York in 2016 by Prism.
He also has written film and television. He wrote TWO FOR ONE, music by Dean Pitchford, and STREET MUSIC for David Da Silva Films (FAME), G.I. DIARY for CBS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE with Philip Magdaleny, and daytime with Doris Frankel and Doug Marland.
He had had eight books of poetry published. His first, SURVIVORS, was selected as one of the two Outstanding Books of the year by the American Library Association. His second MANHATTAN CARNIVAL: A DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and performed on stage in New York, Cambridge, and Los Angeles. His fourth and sixth books, FAMILY HISTORY, and ENDING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY won the QUARTERLY REVIEW OF LITERATURE ’ S international prizes. His fifth, CITY LIFE, was a Pulitzer nominee. His seventh NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, was published in 1998. His eighth FALLOUT was published in 2009. His ninth DARK ENERGY was published in Grolier's Established Poets Series in 2013.
Among his literary awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s John Masefield Award, England’s Arvon Prize for Poetry, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s OADR Award For Playwriting. He was co-founder of the Expansive Poetry movement and originated the Barnes & Noble reading series.
His biography is in the Dictionary of Literary Biography and his autobiography in the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series.
In addition to his literary and theatrical work Feirstein is also a well-known psychoanalyst. He is a training analyst and supervisor at The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis where he teaches Symbolization and Creativity and the Advanced Dreams Seminars. He has published several psychoanalytic essays in such journals as The Partisan Review and The Psychoanalytic Review about the importance of a key metaphor which appears in the first session as a cliche and the first dream, and how it comes to structure treatment as it does the split-off part of the psyche. These essays are part of his new book for the general public -- Waking The Dreamer: Six Clinical Studies.
See his blog for selections from Fallout and his verse plays Manhattan Carnival and The Psychiatrist At The Cocktail Party both of which have been done on stage in New York, Cambridge, and Los Angeles.