POLITO, Robert. American, b. 1951. Genres: Literary criticism and history, Poetry, Biography. Career: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, instructor in English, 1976-81; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, assistant professor of English, 1981-89; New York University, NYC, assistant director of Writing Program, 1990-92; New School for Social Research, NYC, director of Writing Program, 1992-. Publications: (ed.) Fireworks: The Lost Writings of Jim Thompson, 1988; A Reader's Guide to James Morrill's "The Changing Light at Sandover," 1994; Doubles (poems), 1995; Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, 1995; (ed.) Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s, 1997; (ed.) Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s, 1997. Contributor of essays and poems to magazines and newspapers. Address: Writing Program, New School, 66 W. 12th St. No. 507, New York, NY 10021, U.S.A.