After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1976, David Katz returned to New York, where he worked as a freelance writer for over 20 years. His writings on art, politics, entertainment, and conditions humane and inhumane have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New Statesman, High Times, the British fashion magazine TANK, The Villager, The Portable Lower East Side, Circus, Rap Express, The East Village Eye and London’s Jewish Quarterly, where he produced a regular column, The View from New York, and articles about the Hungarian artist Boris Lurie and downtown poet and mystic Lionel Ziprin. His memoir, The Father Fades, appeared in Transformation, A Journal of Literature, Ideas and the Arts, Spring, 2005. He has also worked in advertising and marketing, and paints and takes pictures. His artwork has been published in Zeek web magazine, and exhibited at the Makor Gallery, and Diamonds and Oranges Gallery in New York.
In 2006, he became a New York City Teaching Fellow, and has served as a substitute teacher in the New York City public school system for the past 5 years, experiencing first hand the social crisis that results when society turns its back on those most in need of its aid. He is grateful, honored and humbled to join the staff of Brooklyn Defenders, helping the people of Kings County receive the full measure of their constitutional rights, and all of the protections they are entitled to under the rule of law.