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Kenneth John Atchity is producer, brand consultant, literary manager, author, editor, speaker, and former professor of comparative literature, creative writing, and communications. He was born 16 January 1944 in Eunice, Louisiana, son of Fred J. and Myrza (nee Aguillard) Atchity; he grew up between Louisiana and Kansas City, Missouri. He and his companies, Atchity Entertainment International, Inc. ( and The Writers Lifeline, Inc.(, have developed books for publication; and books, screenplays, and films for television and cinema, and consult with writers not yet ready for representation.

His son, Vincent, graduated from Georgetown College in 1986 and his daughter, Rosemary, from Columbia University in 1990.

Atchity lives in Los Angeles, California, and New York City. He is married to Kayoko Mitsumatsu, documentary filmmaker and founder of



Rockhurst High School. Editor-in-Chief, The Prep News. Received Mnookin-Brown American Legion Writing Fellowship, and Ignatian Scholarship to Georgetown University.

B.A. from Georgetown (English/Classics Honors Program; Eta Sigma Phi, National Classical Honors Fraternity; and the Virgilian Academy Medal for his mastery of Virgil's Aeneid). Editor-in-Chief, The Hoya; newscaster for WGTB-FM Radio from 1962-1965.

After graduating from Georgetown, Atchity was selected for A.T.& T.'s Immediate Management Development Program and was Communications Engineer, in charge of the N.A.S.A. Headquarters account, for Long Lines/Government Communications where he designed wideband communications for N.A.S.A.'s "green network," supervised public relations for the Gemini Missions, and was managementinstructor in business communications. After a year in the corporate world, he decided to further his study of languages and storytelling.

Entering Yale University School of Graduate Studies in Theater History, he went on to receive his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, supported by both a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and an NDEA Title IV Fellowship. His doctoral dissertation, "Homer's Iliad: The Song & Shield of Memory," received Yale's John Addison Porter Prize.

Languages: Latin, Homeric Greek, Classical Greek, French, Spanish, Provencal, Italian, some German, conversational Japanese.

Academic Career

As a Teaching Fellow at Yale College, he taught Greek Tragedy under Erich Segal; 20th-century American literature with Michael Cowan; and The Modern Novel with Richard Ellmann. After leaving Yale, Atchity attained the rank of full professor of comparative literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles, 1970-86, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award; and Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Writers Program during the same years.

His academic honors include a Fulbright Professorship of American Literature at the University of Bologna, Facolta di Lettere & Filosofia and Facolta di Magistero, Italy (1974-75) and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1972) for work on Homer's Iliad; American Council of Learned Societies (1973, 1979) for work in Florence on Dante's Purgatorio and for delivering his study of "Narrative Strategies in Virgil and Cervantes" at the International Comparative Literature Association Conference in Innsbruck, Austria; the Mellon Awards for his seminar on structuralism, and for his study of Greek art and demotic Greek; and the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award (1978) for study of Homer's Odyssey in Greece. He was author of several books and numerous poems, short stories, reviews, introductions, and articles in both scholarly publications and newspapers. For his poetry he received the Readers' Choice Award (1970), the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Lubbe Award (1971), and the Modern Award (1971).

While at Occidental, he chaired the Literary Advisory Panel of the California Arts Council; was consultant on classical drama for the Mark Taper Forum; co-sponsored the Colloquia Series, founded the College's journalism internships, chaired the Visiting Poets Series, was director of graduate studies in comparative literature, and served on a number of faculty committees. He was also guest columnist for The Los Angeles Times Book Review (1972-1988), and involved in setting up The Los Angeles Times Book Awards; Program Vice-president of P.E.N. Los Angeles; features editor of Moneysworth (1971), contributing editor of California State Poetry Quarterly (1972-75), San Francisco Review of Books (1977-81), Italia America (1977-79), and Literary Review (Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980-81); columnist, Western Publisher (1980); contributing editor and editorial board, Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter 1984-1990); editor and publisher P.E.N. Los Angeles Center Yearbook (1983); editor of Contemporary Quarterly: Poetry & Art (Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Grant; winner of Editor's Choice Award from the U.S. Small Press Association; and the California Institute of Design Award for Kathy Jacobi's logo) (1976-79), and Follies (California Council for the Humanities in Public Policy Grant) (1978-79); and co-founder and editor of DreamWorks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly devoted to the relationship between dreams and the arts(Human Sciences Press, 1980-88; winner of Pushcart Prize, nominated by Joyce Carol Oates). Its advisory board and published authors included Ursula LeGuin, Ernesto Cardenal, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Paul Bowles, John Fowles, Yoram Kaniuk, William S. Burroughs, John Gardner, Dacia Maraini, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Ernest Sabato, Robert Penn Warren, A. E. Van Vogt, Hubert Selby, Jr., John Rechy, Stephen King, Georges Simenon, Carlos Fuentes, and Eugene Ionesco.

He was author of the libretto for In Praise of Love which was performed by members of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in 1974 (published by Erik K. Marcus) and of "Homer," a three-part television from KNXT-TV in 1976. He wrote and served as on-camera talent on the Renaissance (topics including "Folly," "The Golden Age," "Eldorado," "Brave New World," "God & Man," "Man as the Center of the Universe," "the Voyage"; and authors including Boethius, Dante, Erasmus, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Rabelais, Cervantes, and Elizabethan drama) for Synapse Technology's "Columbus: The Voyage of Discovery" (1991). He consulted for The Discovery Channel series, "The Power of Dreams" (1993).

His stage and book reviews, articles, and short stories appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mediterranean Review, New Haven Register, Orpheus, Philological Quarterly, Poem, Poetry LA, Poetry Venture, Queen's Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle, Spicilegio-Moderno, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thought, University of Portland Review, Washington Post, and Western Humanities Review.

Atchity wrote introductions to English Literature: Shakespeare (1980), Yearbook of American Poetry (1981), Thomas Bergin's Under Scorpio (1983), Ron Hogart's Hymns to Orpheus (1993), and Marisa D'Vari's Creating Characters (2005).

Consulting Career

Atchity served on the Southern California Research Council (1973-76); was editorial advisor and member of the Business Executives Advisory Board (1981-82); co-directed the Research and Teacher Education (RATE) Project for the Pasadena Unified School District; was Evaluation Consultant for the African-American Urban Center; and served on the Advisory Board of The Book Bridge.

Entertainment Career

In 1976, Atchity became founder and president of L/A House, Inc., a consulting, translation, book, television, and film development and production company whose clients included the Getty Museum. L/A House began by extending Atchity's teaching of creative writing to doing manuscript consultation and soon moved on to publishing with the production of Follies, a creative writing magazine of which he was the editor. In the 1980s the company moved into television, with a syndicated television pilot of "BreakThrough!" of which Atchity was executive producer and co-author.

Atchity phased out his teaching involvement at Occidental College, resigning his tenured position on the faculty in 1987. In 1985, L/A House began development of a set of video/TV romance novel film projects entitled "Shades of Love," which became 16 full-length films, produced in 1986-87, that aired throughout the world, distributed by Lorimar, Astral-Bellevue-Pathe, Manson International, and Warner Brothers International; in the U.S. they premiered on Cinemax-HBO.

In 1989 Atchity sold L/A House and founded AEI (Atchity Editorial/Entertainment International), a literary management and motion picture production company. Chi-Li Wong, formerly Associate Director of the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival, joined him as partner in AEI, in 1992. AEI was incorporated in 1996, and its name changed to Atchity Entertainment International, Inc. in 2005. Atchity founded The Writers Lifeline, Inc. (incorporated in 2002) to continue the consulting work of L/A House and to prepare intellectual property for representation.

In 2006, he and investor-partner Fred Griffin of Houston's Griffin Partners acquired The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC in Shreveport, Louisiana from Walt Disney Productions.

Producing filmography

  • Shades of Love TV movie series (1987-1988) (Cinemax/HBO)
  • Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989) (NBC)
  • Falling Over Backwards (Saul Rubinek) (1990) (Astral)
  • Shadow of Obsession (Veronica Hamel) (1994)(NBC)
  • Joe Somebody (Tim Allen) (2001)(Fox)
  • Life or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie) (2002)(Fox)
  • The Madam's Family (2004)(CBS)
  • Gospel Hill (2008) (Fox)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not (2010) (Paramount)

Speaking Career

In addition to numerous radio, web, and television interviews on contemporary literature, creativity, dreams, myth, writing, publishing, time-management, business expansion, branding, and various other academic and entertainment-publishing subjects, Atchity's public speaking has included classes, talks, workshops, seminars and keynote addresses at the Algonkian Write & Pitch Conference, American Writers Conference (Kansas City), Austin Writers Conference, Author 101 (New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles), Avila Writers Conference (Kansas City), Beverly Hills Public Library (Writers Lifeline Series, Great Storytellers Series, 1991-2001), Bryn Mawr, California State University (Bakersfield, Center for Cultural Innovation, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles), CASE Institute (San Diego), Crimebake (Boston), Dallas Writers Conference, Deep South Writers Conference (Lafayette, Louisiana), Florida Bar Association (Beverly Hills, Miami), Georgetown Entertainment Symposium, Georgetown University, Glendale Community College, Honolulu Writers Conference, The Learning Annex (Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto), Loyola Writers Conference (Los Angeles), Mega Book Marketing University (Los Angeles), New York City Yale Club, New York Women in Film & Television, New York Women's Writers Guild, Open University (Minneapolis), Pacific Northwest Writers Conference (Seattle), Rice University (Houston), Romantic Times Convention (New York), Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Screenwriting Expo, Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, Southwest Writers Conference (Albuquerque, Houston), Swarthmore, University of Bologna, University of California (Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Diego), University of Houston, University of Milan, University of Missouri (Kansas City), University of Palermo, University of Rome, University of Texas (Dallas), University of Trieste, University of Venice, Villanova, Willamette Valley Writers Conference, Women in Film (Hollywood), Women's National Book Association (New York), WOW (Baltimore).


  • How to Publish Your Novel (SquareOne) (2005);
  • How to Escape Lifetime Security and Pursue Your Impossible Dream: A Guide to Transforming Your Career (Helios) (2004); revision of The Mercury Transition, below.
  • Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry (with Chi-Li Wong) (Holt/Owl Books; Quality Paperbacks, Writers Digest Book Club) (Second Edition, 2003);
  • The Classical Roman Reader (Holt 1997); (Oxford University Press 1998);
  • The Classical Greek Reader (Holt, 1996); (Oxford University Press, 1998);
  • The Renaissance Reader (HarperCollins, 1996); (Harper paperback, 1997).
  • Cajun Household Wisdom (Longmeadow Press, 1995).
  • The Mercury Transition: How to Escape Lifetime Security to Live Your Impossible Dream (Longmeadow Press, 1994).
  • (editor) Homer: Critical Essays, including essays "Greek Princes and Aegean Princesses: The Role of Women in the Homeric Poems" (with E.J.W. Barber) and "Andromache's Headdress" (G. K. Hall) (1987);
  • A Writer's Time: A Guide to the Creative Process, from Vision through Revision (W.W. Norton) (1986) (Quality Paperbacks, Book of the Month Club, Writer's Digest Book Club) (David & Charles paperback, United Kingdom, as Writing: Make the Most of Your Time New revised and expanded edition, A Writer's Time: Making Time to Write (1995) Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, in The New York Times review, called AWT "the best recent book on writing";
  • Sleeping with an Elephant: Selected Poems, 1965-1976 (Valkyrie Press)(1978);
  • Homer's Iliad: The Shield of Memory Introduction by John Gardner (Southern Illinois University Press) (1978);
  • (co-editor and contributor) Italian Literature: Roots & Branches including his essay, "Dante's Purgatorio: The Poem Reveals Itself" (Yale University Press) (1976);
  • In Praise of Love Libretto for choral symphony premiered at Lincoln Center (1974).
  • (editor) Eterne in Mutabilitie: The Unity of the Faerie Queene (Archon) (1972).

External links

Who's Who in America Contemporary Authors Directory of American Scholars Who's Who in California Who's Who in the West International Who's Who in Poetry



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