Discipline: Literature

Kenneth Turan

Discipline: Literature
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2006

Kenneth Turan is an American film critic and lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. He received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has been a film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 1991 and director of the Los Angeles Times's Book Prizes, since 1993. He is the founding film critic on the KUSC radio program, Arts Alive. He also provides regular movie reviews for NPR's Morning Edition. His reviews also appear in The Baltimore Sun. Turan is featured in the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism discussing his public quarrel with film director James Cameron, who e-mailed the Los Angeles Times's editors calling for Turan to be fired after he wrote a negative review of Titanic. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Yiddish Book Center.

Studios

Wood

Kenneth Turan worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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