A novelist, playwright, and painter, Rosalyn Drexler lives in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ. She painted and exhibited among pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in the 1960s. Warhol featured her in his 1962 prints Album of a Mat Queen, which depicted her as “Rosa Carlo, the Mexican Spitfire,” who would become the heroine of one of her novels a decade later. Her visual art is among the collections of museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, and the Walker Art Center.
She has won three Obie Awards for Off-Broadway productions, an Emmy for writing excellence for the TV special “The Lily Show: A Lily Tomlin Special,” and four Rockefeller Grants for playwriting. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner awards in painting, and a Grant in Painting from the Bunting Fellowship Program at Harvard/Radcliffe. The holder of an Honorary Doctorate in Visual Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Rosalyn has also earned Yaddo and MacDowell Fellowships.
Ros is currently working on an edition of prints and paintings. She has also just finished a book titled Tree Man: A Tough Situation, which she says is “possibly unpublishable.”
Partial list of publications:
To Smithereens (Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions, 2011; Signet Books, 1972)
Vulgar Lives (Chiasmus, 2007)
Dear: A New Play (Applause Books, 1997, 2000)
Art Does (Not!) Exist (Fiction Collective 2, 1996)
Transients Welcome: Three One-Act Plays (Broadway Play Publishing Inc., 1984)
Bad Guy (Dutton, 1982)
Starburn: The Story of Jennie Love (Simon & Schuster, 1979)
Rocky [novelization under Julia Sorel] (Ballentine Books, 1976)
The Cosmopolitan Girl (M. Evans & Company, Inc., 1974)
One or Another (Dell, 1971)
The Line of Least Existence and Other Plays (Random House, 1967)
I Am the Beautiful Stranger: Paintings of the ‘60s (Grossman Publishers, 1965)