English Department Head
Lee Godleski was born in the small town of Hatfield, Massachusetts. He completed his BA in Creative Writing at Hunter College in New York City. Prior to moving to New York City, Lee studied Jazz performance in Massachusetts and performed professionally in the Pioneer Valley. His love of music eventually led him to his other great interest: literature. Combining his interests in song with his interests in poetry, he passionately pursued his studies of these subjects while at Hunter College.
He was fascinated by John Milton, William Shakespeare, and the Victorian authors Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde, but he was especially taken with the English Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and earned the Wendell Stacy Johnson Award for his essay on three of Coleridge’s poems. Whenever he can, both in the classroom and out, he seeks to fuse the spirit of poetry with the grace of music.
When he is not teaching, he enjoys listening to his extensive collection of LPs, watching old movies, writing poems and songs, and of course, reading plenty of good books.