S145. Beyond the Margins: Expanding a Book Review Section

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


What is the role of the book review in 2018? How can lit mags help to raise the discourse of reviewing? How does a reviewer successfully transition from the specifics of one book to a broader dialogue? How can we better support books by people of color, people who are queer, trans, living with disabilities, and authors at the intersection of these identities? Editors gather to discuss the challenges of expanding a book review section, and what it takes to edit and publish a vibrant review.



Adam Clay is the author of Stranger. Book review editor at Kenyon Review, he teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire and a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other magazines. He is cofounder of Lightbox Poetry, and he is a 2017–19 Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Shauna Osborn is the author of Arachnid Verve (a poetry collection) as well as hybrids and nonfiction. Her work has been a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards. She has also won awards from A Room Of Her Own, New York Public Library, and the UNM Writers Conference.

Rochelle Hurt is the author of the poetry collections The Rusted City and In Which I Play the Runaway, winner of the Barrow Street Prize. She has received awards and fellowships from Poetry International, Arts & Letters, Jentel, and Yaddo, and she is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.


March 4–7, 2020
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