Trevor Corson

Trevor Corson

Department of English, Columbia University

Trevor Corson is the author of two books, including the worldwide popular-science bestseller The Secret Life of Lobsters. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing and he was managing editor of the literary magazine Transition when it won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards for International Reporting. He has written for The AtlanticThe New York Times, and many other publications.

Trevor began his career in writing as an editorial assistant at The Atlantic, and went on to serve for three years as the managing editor of the literary journal Transition, published by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. During Trevor’s tenure at Transition the journal won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards for International Reporting and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in General Excellence. An essay Trevor wrote for Transition on the science and spirituality of brain death and organ transplantation, titled “The Telltale Heart,” was named a Notable Essay of the Year by Best American Essays.

Trevor teaches writing at Columbia University in New York City, where he co-directs the American Studies course track in the undergraduate writing program in the Department of English, and where he is an adjunct professor in the graduate program in creative writing in the School of the Arts. In the past he has been a lecturer in the graduate program in science journalism at Boston University, a visiting writer in the M.F.A. program at the University of Memphis, a lecturer at The New School, and a faculty member at Brooklyn Friends School. He has taught writing workshops at the Key West Literary Seminar and the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University.