After six years at the New York Military Academy, doing his best to escape the clutches of such predatory schoolmates as Donald Trump, Sandy McIntosh had the good fortune to attend Southampton College on Eastern Long Island. Because of its location in the heart of the Hamptons’ writers and artists colony, Southampton was able to hire notable local writers and artists. Willem de Kooning taught elementary painting. Ilya Bolotowky, with his huge mustache and thick Russian accent, taught Freshman English. The Bollingen-prize poet David Ignatow taught creative writing, as did the poet, playwright and translator, H. R. Hays, to name a few. Many of these writers and painters became McIntosh’s mentors. They are the subjects of his two recent memoirs, A Hole in the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship, and the newly-released Lesser Lights: More Tales from a Hamptons’ Apprenticeship. After Southampton College, McIntosh received an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD. from Union Graduate School. He worked with children for eight years as a writer in the schools and completed a study of writers who taught in the program and how their work with children affected their own writing. For several years he contributed journalism, poetry, and opinion columns to The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, American Book Review, The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, and elsewhere. Recently, he has given extensive interviews in fourteen national and international television documentaries, including PBS FRONTLINE, about Donald Trump. He is author of non-fiction titles with John Wiley & Sons and the University of Minnesota, as well as eleven volumes of poetry, a Chinese cookbook, and three computer software programs, including the perennial best seller Mavis Beach Teaches Typing! His first collection of poetry, Earth Works, was published by Southampton College the year he graduated. His original poetry in a screenplay shared the Silver Medal in the Film Festival of the Americas. An excerpt of his book-length collaboration with Denise Duhamel appears on The Best American Poetry. He has been managing editor of Long Island University’s national literary journal, Confrontation, and is publisher of Marsh Hawk Press.
Union Graduate School, Union Institute. Literature. 1979
Doctoral Dissertation:. The Poets in the Poets-In-the Schools: Minneapolis: Minnesota Center for Social Research 1979
Columbia University, School of the Arts. Creative Writing. 1972
Long Island University, Southampton. Literature. 1970
Editor-in-Chief, The Windmill campus weekly newspaper
Assistant Professor, English
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 1989-1995
Subjects taught: Creative Writing, English Literature, Literature in Translation, Composition, Business Writing
Assistant Professor, N.Y. Institute of Technology
Greenvale, NY 1987-1889
Subjects taught: Professional Writing, Composition
Assistant Professor, Long Island University
Southampton College 1980-1982
Subjects taught: Creative Writing, Composition
- Lesser Lights: More Tales from a Hamptons’ Apprenticeship, New York: Marsh Hawk Press 2019
Obsessional, Poetry for Performance, New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2017
A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship, New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2016. [A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship, ebook edition: Myrmaid Press. 2016]
Cemetery Chess, Selected and New Poems New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2012
Ernesta, in the Style of the Flamenco. New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2010
237 More Reasons to Have Sex (written with Denise Duhamel). Australia: Otoliths. 2008
Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways To Escape Death. New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2007
The After-Death History of My Mother. New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2005
Between Earth and Sky. New York: Marsh Hawk Press. 2002
The Selected Poems of H.R. Hays. Philadelphia: Xlibris Corporation. 2000
Firing Back: Power Strategies for Cutting the Best Deal When You’re About to Lose Your Job (with Jodie-Beth Galos). New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1997
Endless Staircase, New York: Street Press, 1991
From A Chinese Kitchen, Baltimore: The American Cooking Guild. 1985
The Poets in the Poets-in-the-Schools Minnesota: Minnesota Center for Social Research, University of Minnesota. 1980
Monsters of the Antipodes, New York: Survivors Manual Books, 1980
Which Way to the Egress?W New York: Garfield Publishers, 1974
Earthworks, Southampton: Long Island University, 1970
Lost In Literature New York: EastEnd Software Corp. 1994.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! Los Angeles: Electronic Arts (and successors). 1986
The Best of Wok Talk. Los Angeles: The Software Toolworks, 1984
Selected Gosho Passages of Nichiren Daishonin (modern English renderings). Tokyo. Nichiren Shoshu: Commemorative Committee, 2015
Basic Terminology of Nichiren Shoshu (modern English renderings). Tokyo.
Nichiren Shoshu: Publication Department, 2009
Paris Match: “L’Incroyable Famille Trump: In the Name of the Father” NO. 3715 FROM JULY 16 TO 22, 2020 and https://www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/L-incroyable-famille-Trump-au-nom-du-pere-1-3-1695750
“Exchange on Sandy Mcintosh’s Obsessional: Poetry for Performance.” Dichtung Yammer (https://dichtungyammer.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/exchange-on-sandy-mcintoshs-%E2%80%8Bobsessional-poetry-for-performance/) December 2, 2018
“Psychological Determinism and Navigable Interstices in Sandy McIntosh’s Poetry.” Thomas Fink. Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. Vol. 43, Issue 41 https://talismanarchive.weebly.com/finkmcintosh.html
“LIU Alumnus Sandy McIntosh Pens Memoir About College Days in the Hamptons—and Talks About His Time in Military School with Donald Trump.” Spencer Rumsey. LIU Magazine. https://headlines.liu.edu/?p=1706
“Interview with Sandy McIntosh.” Thomas Fink. e-x-c-h-a-n-g-e-v-a-l-u-e-s. March 05, 2006. http://willtoexchange.blogspot.com/2006/03/interview-with-sandy-mcintosh-by.html
PBS/FRONTLINE: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/the-choice-2020-trump-vs-biden/ “The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden.” Fall 2020
FRANCE TV channel M6. “A Thorough Picture of the Man.” Fall 2020
GERMANY ZDF Television. “Trump and the Women.” Fall 2020
ENGLAND ITV Sky Arts Channel. “The Art of Reality, A Documentary by Alison Jackson.” (in production summer 2019)
KOREA KBS TV [시사기획 창] 트럼프의 선택은? ] “Trump’s Choice?” (http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=4219735) June 11, 2019
FRANCE 3. Le parrain de Manhattan,une éducation à la dure, (Trump: The Godfather of Manhattan) October 8, 2019, ref. http://www.gala.fr/l_actu/news_de_stars/donald-trump-sa-relation-a-son-pere-cle-de-sa-personnalite_419927
CANAL +, (http://www.canalplus.fr/ France: “10.7 – Trump”, January 15, 2018
NHK TV, (Japan) Trump World, parts 1 & 2, June 2017
PBS/FRONTLINE http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/, President Trump, January 2017
CHANNEL 4 (UK), Meet the Trumps, 27 Films Production. January 15, 2017
FUJI TV–(Japan) November 6, 2016
ASAHI TV– (Japan). November 6, 2016
PBS/FRONTLINE http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/, President Trump, January 2017
PBS/FRONTLINE http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/, The Choice, September 27, 2016 et al.
CHANNEL 10 – (Israel), November 6, 2016
ZDF Television (Germany), November 6, 2016
TV GLOBO (Brazil), November 6, 2016
Cablevision: Ideas & Images: Five programs interviewing David Ignatow
Cablevision: Ideas & Images: Interviews with Phillip Lopate, Joachim Neugroschel, R. B. Weber, Joseph Heller, and others.
ESSAYS, JOURNALISM INTERVIEWS & POETRY:
“David Ignatow: Notes on a Small Song.” Marsh Hawk Press Review. March 2021. MH-Review-Spring-2021.pdf (marshhawkpress.org)
“Writing Influences: Joseph Heller ‘Why Should I Write Another Book?’” Chapter One: On Becoming a Poet. Marsh Hawk Press, March 2021.
“The year Trump went astray: A former New York Military Academy classmate on the emergence of a self-promoter,” New York Daily News, August 14, 2020
Chester On the Beach, Chapter 12 Making the Novel. July 2020 https://makingnovels.blogspot.com/2020/06/sandy-mcintosh.html,
“The Dragon in His World.” KOREA KBS TV. (Four parts translated by Park Sungrae) https://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=4281873; http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=4282278&ref=A; http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=4282557&ref=A; http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=4282818&ref=A
“Meeting Capote at Keene’s in Southampton,” “Coffee with Jean Stafford in The Springs.” Galatea Resurrects. Tuesday, April 10, 2018. http://galatearesurrects2018.blogspot.com/2018/04/feature-sandy-mcintosh.html
“Donald Trump, My Fellow Cadet,” “How young Trump was slapped and punched until he made his bed” New York Daily News, Op-ed, Friday, August 11, 2017
“My Teacher Arguing with the Trees.” Dan’s Papers Library (https://literaryprize.danspapers.com/my-teacher-arguing-with-the-trees/?preview_id=3061). Southampton, N.Y.
“Falling in Love in the Kingdom of Spam,” “Poem by Leonard Cohen, Graffiti by McIntosh,” The Marsh Hawk Review, Spring 2017
“The FRONTLINE Interview: Sandy McIntosh.” PBS/FRONTLINE, September 27, 2016.
“W. H. Auden at Columbia University,” The Marsh Hawk Review, Fall 2016
“What Would Donald Trump Do To the White House?” The Long Island Press, August 5, 2016
“I Showered With Donald Trump At Military School,” The Daily Beast, March 28, 2016, [also: Salon http://www.salon.com/2016/03/28/whats_it_like_to_shower_with_trump_a_former_classmate_recalls_donald_trumps_military_school_days/] 3/29/16]
“For Artists and Poets, the East End Is No Dead End—Just Another ‘Hole in the Ocean’,” Long Island Press, February 8, 2016
“Culture of Hazing: Donald Trump, Me and the End of New York Military Academy,” Long Island Press, October 5, 2015
“John Hall Wheelock: A Brief Return,” Marsh Hawk Review, November 2015
“Tomas Tranströmer and Robert Bly Translate Each Other’s Poems,” “Hemingway Completes His Introduction to A Moveable Feast,” “The Plagiarist’s Heart.” Otoliths, November 2015
“H.R. Hays: The Theater of Disappointment,” Talisman magazine, January 2015
“My Hay(Na)Ku (With Handy Pronunciation Guide for Public Performance),” Truck, March 2015
“Robert Bly vs. the First Ten Issues of kayak,” Galatea Resurrects, November 2014
“Military School Thug,” Marsh Hawk Review, 2014
“Insecurity grows in Post-9/11 Security State,” Long Island Press, December 9, 2013
“Ravenous,” Paterson Literary Review No. 40, Passaic County Community College, 2012-2013
“A Lecture from the Bartender at Grand Hotel, Oslo,” Red Ochre Lit, 2012
“Sestina: Against the Painted Corpse,” “Ten Engulfed Cathedrals,” Otoliths, 2012
“Four Problems of Translation,” Marsh Hawk Review, 2012
“Reconstruction of a Lost Poem By Armand Schwerner,” “Innocence,” Barrow Street, Winter 2011-12
“237 More Reasons to Have Sex,” Barrow Street 10th Anniversary Issue, 2008
“A Partial Menu of Dishes Returned to the Kitchen by a Former Girlfriend,” Alimentum: the Literature of Food, 2010
“From 237 More Reasons to Have Sex,” The Best American Poetry, December 6, 2009
“Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale: Cemetery Chess.” The New York Times, January 1, 2009
“Minute Mysteries,” Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics No. 7, Firewheel Editions, 2009
“Japan,” Barrow Street, 2009
from “Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways To Escape Death,” Otoliths, 2006
“Escape From the Fat Farm,” New York: Alimentum: the Literature of Food, 2006
“With Ignatow” Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics No. 2, Firewheel Editions, 2004
“Why English Majors Can’t Do Math,” Newsday, August 19, 2004
“The After-Death History of My Mother,” Sidereality, July-September 2003
“Poor Fitz”, “Ignatow Interrupts a Dream,” Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry #16, June 2003.
“The Prodigal’s Chair,” “The Hospital Chair,” “The Baseball Sketch,” “My Friend Ignatius,” Muse Apprentice Guild, Spring 2003
“The Continuity of Our Vision 1967-2003.” The 365 Project, Day 100. April 2003
“Cemetery Chess,” “The Death Chair,” Barrow Street 2003
“Gallo’s Paisano,” WinePoetics, February 2003
“Private”, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry #15, March 2003.
“Taking Reality Through Its Paces: Filmmaking With Norman Mailer and Ilya Bolotowsky.” Confrontation No. 80/81, Fall 2002/Winter 2003
“Harvey Shapiro. How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems” Confrontation, 2001
“One Man’s Guru Is Another Man’s Fraud, or Worse.” Newsday, October 21, 2001.
“Modeling Ferguson” and “Between Earth and Sky.” Confrontation No. 74/75 Spring/Summer 2001
“Joseph Heller. Portrait of An Artist As An Old Man,” Confrontation No. 72/73 Fall 2000/Winter 2001]
“Remembering H.R. Hays.” PoetryBay September 2000
“How Should We Remember Vietnam?” Newsday, May 28, 2000.
“The Slaughter of the Huns, as presented by the Florida Orchestra.” Northeast Neighborhood News, May 26, 2000
“Hamptons Found and Lost: A Memoir with Reviews.” Confrontation No.70/71. Winter/Spring 2000.
“Should We Keep SUVs Off the Parkways?” Newsday, December 12, 1999
“According to My Mother.” Long Island Quarterly. Autumn 1999.
“When You’re About to Lose Your Job.” Disgruntled. Vol. 4, No. 5
“Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s A Magical Journey With Carlos Castaneda.” (Book Review) Sustained Action (www.sustainedaction.org). September 1999
“Mark J. Plotkin’s Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice” (Book Review) Sustained Action (www.sustainedaction.org). September 1999
“An Interview with Jay Courtney Fikes”; “An Interview with Daniel C. Noel.” Sustained Action (www.sustainedaction.org). September 1999
“Bride of the Mall.” Confrontation, No. 68/69. Summer 1999
“The Education of Writers in the Next Century.” New York: Confrontation, No. 66/67. November 1998
“Is Sexual Harassment on Long Island Starting to Get Out of Control?” (with Jodie-Beth Galos). Newsday, November 28, 1998
“David Ignatow: Notes On A Small Song.” Descant 102, Vol. 29, No. 3. Fall 1998.
“According To My Mother;” “Three Poems From Dreams.” Descant 102, Vol. 29, No. 3. Fall 1998.
“Fond Memories of a Poet-Mentor.” The New York Times. November 30, 1997 [(NYT) 1013 words Late Edition – Final , Section 14LI , Page 25 , Column 1]
“Teeth-Staining, Puking Habit.” The Baltimore Sun. August 24,1997
“In Cigarettes, Names Are Addictive.” Newsday. August 19, 1997
“Calculating How Much You’ll Need After a Job Loss,” (with Jodie-Beth Galos). National Business Employment Weekly. New York: Dow Jones & Co. July 20-26, 1997.
“I have A Name, by David Ignatow” Confrontation, No. 60/61,
“Should We Name a Highway After Walt Whitman?” Newsday, October 1996
“What’s An Ideal Idyll?” Newsday, May 26, 1996
“The New Age Produces Profit and ‘Prophecy’” Ideas essay. Newsday, January 28, 1996, and additional Times Mirror Newspapers
“David Ignatow, I Have A Name,” Confrontation, No. 60/61, October 1996
“Two Dream Poems,” Confrontation No. 58/59
“Fair Game: Phillip Lopate and the Personal Essay,””An Impossible Situation.” Confrontation No. 56/57, May 1995
“Mrs. Chucklehenny vs. the Horrible Lizard Monster,” Electric Dreams.
“Should Tenure Be Abolished?” Newsday, March 19, 1995.
“Could Walt Whitman Teach in A Long Island School Today?” New York Newsday, (L.I.)Newsday September 15, 1994
“Beach Plums In Late September,” For David Ignatow: An Anthology, Canio’s Books, 1994
“Does the North Shore Dominate the South?” Newsday, May 22, 1994
“Is Joey Buttafuoco A Typical Long Island Guy?” Newsday, March 27, 1994
“American As Apple Pie? An Insiders View of Nichiren Shoshu,” Tricycle magazine, Tricycle Foundation, November 1992
“A Poet Should Live Among People: An Interview with David Ignatow.” Confrontation No. 46/47, September 1991.
“Albatross,” Live Poets, Islip: Live Poets Society, 1991
“Zen Arrows From the Collective Unconscious: American Computer Poetry Experiments,” Testuale Critica della Poesia Contemporanea. Milan, 9/88
“Poetry is Like Nothing Without the Poet,” Teachers & Writers Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 2, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Inc, 1981
“F.W. Ruckstull vs. the March of Time,” Sunstorm, Vol. 6, No. 5. 1980
“The Victims of Poetry,” Sunstorm, Vol. 6, No.4. 1980
“Where Is Your Beard?”, “Language Itself,” Preschool Poets Workshop, Alice Prerau Fund, Woodmere, NY
“Introduction,” Performance, by Charles Matz, Survivors Manual Books, 1978
“My Buzzard Hat,” Survivors Manual No. 6, Survivors Manual Books, 1974
“Remember,” Decade No. 1, The Windmill, 1972
“Girl From Great Neck,” “A Fragrance,” “Insects Making Love,” “Poems,” Long Island University Magazine, 1970
“The Dynamo,” kayak 25 , Kayak Books, Inc., 1971
“Intellectual Melonism,” Dan’s Papers, 1970
“America Before the Revolution,” The Nation. 1969
“Progression For the Burial of General Eisenhower,” Chelsea No. 27, 1969
- 2001- Present: Publisher, New York: Marsh Hawk Press
- 1993-2000: Long Island University: Managing Editor, Confrontation,
- 1993: MTV, New York: Viacom Corporation. Technical writing
- 1980-1984: Editor, Wok Talk, Chinese cooking magazine, Great Neck Newsletter Publishing Associates
- 1976-1980: Peak Travel and Tours, Inc., travel guide books
- 1970-1980: Publisher, Survivors Manual Books, New York. Published American and Italian authors in bilingual editions.
- 1970: Dan’s Paper, Editor, Southampton Summer Windmill