R161. Reading by Example: Some Inquiries into the Art of Criticism

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


What makes a poetry review feel artful and  a rewarding reading? What makes it more valuable than the latest issue of Poetry-Consumer Reports? Five leading critics break down exemplary reviews from recent years, discussing the ways their authors create alert, intelligent prose that helps us all see more deeply into poems—and helps us see more clearly how those poems are speaking to and making art from the world around them.


Jonathan Farmer is the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length and critic at large for Kenyon Review. He previously served as the poetry critic for Slate.com. He teaches middle and high school English.

Tess Taylor’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, and The New Yorker. She is the on-air poetry reviewer for All Things Considered and has taught at Whittier College, UC Berkeley, and Queen's University Belfast. Her books are The Forage House and Work & Days.

Walton Muyumba’s essays have appeared in Oxford American and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He’s the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism. He teaches literature at Indiana University.

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his 2013 debut collection of poems from W.W. Norton/Liveright. He is poetry editor for Literary Hub as well as founding editor of the online poetry journal Maggy. He teaches at NYU and directs he Home School.

Erica Hunt is a poet and essayist. Books are Local History, Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes and, most recently, A Day and Its Approximates. She is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside