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Peter Clothier

Describing himself as a "recovering academic," Peter Clothier long ago decided his calling was to write rather than administrate. His published works include two novels, two books of poetry and a monograph on the British artist David Hockney, along with scores of articles and reviews on art and books in national journals. His memoir, While I Am Not Afraid: Secrets of a Man’s Heart has been widely praised as the authentic story of one man’s path to personal integrity. Peter's most recent titles—both collections of essays—are Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce and Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core

A student of the dharma, he writes almost daily on his blog the The Buddha Diaries, where he explores the interaction of his Buddhist practice with the secular world of politics, art, and a wide range of social topics. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Before turning to full-time writing, Peter served as an educator and an art school dean at the University of Southern California, Otis Art Institute and Loyola Marymount University.

To find out more about Clothier’s life and work, go to his website at PeterClothier.com.