Larry Stains

Larry Stains

Associate Professor of Practice


Annenberg Hall, Room 337
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Like a lot of writers, I started early. I grew up in a small town outside Buffalo, New York, and began writing bad science fiction when I was eight. In high school I edited the student newspaper, wrote poetry during my callow undergraduate years, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester. Then I went to Columbia for a more practical grounding in journalism. After a brief stint in newspapers, I gravitated towards magazines. As an editor, I started up two magazines for Rodale Press: New Shelter, which briefly flourished during the oil crisis of 1978-1982, and Men’s Health, which has enjoyed a better run. I was also on staff at Philadelphia Magazine from 1987 to 1992.

As a writer I’ve freelanced for many national publications—and continue to do so. I’ve written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Worth, GQ, USA Weekend, This Old House Magazine, Sports Illustrated, AARP Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Money, Philadelphia Magazine, Child, Men’s Health and its latest spin-off, Best Life. I’ve been a co-author of five books and a finalist twice in the National Magazine Awards.

I came late to teaching. I first taught Magazine Article Writing as an adjunct professor here in the Spring of 2001. Eighteen months later I was teaching full-time—I was hooked. As Director of the Magazine Sequence, I try to get to know every student in the sequence by teaching the Introduction to Magazines course every semester. My teaching schedule also includes a rotation of the following courses: Magazine Article Writing, Advanced Magazine Writing, Magazine Editing and Design and the graduate courses The American Magazine and Magazine Writing.


MJJournalismColumbia University
BA, HonorsEnglish/Political ScienceUniversity of Rochester