Phillip Maciak is a writer, editor, and teacher in Saint Louis. His book, Avidly Reads Screen Time is forthcoming this May 2023 from New York University Press.

His television, film, and literary criticism has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of BooksSlateThe New Republic, n+1, The HairpinThe Week, The Daily BeastSalon, Slant Magazine, Pacific Standard, and Avidly.

He’s currently the TV editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books, where he also co-founded the “Dear Television” column (with Jane Hu, Evan Kindley, and Lili Loofbourow).

He teaches in the English Department and Program for American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

His scholarly book, The Disappearing Christ: Secularism in the Silent Era, was published by Columbia University Press in 2019.

He has a BA in English from Amherst College, an MA in English from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in English with a certificate in Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA

He’s represented by Akin Akinwumi ( at Willenfield Literary Agency