R214. Glory, Gripes, and Guile: The Ethics of Reviewing

Room 006C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What is the value of literary reviewing, and what care is necessary when critically handing another writer’s work? How does one enter into the business of reviewing, and is it a business, at all? In this panel, a diverse group of reviewers, editors, and writers from a variety of genres discuss the risk and reward of this type of textual engagement, with a specific focus on future possibilities for more transparent and ethical reviewing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_outline.pdf



Leora Fridman is author of My Fault, among other works of prose, poetry, and translation. She holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has been an editor, critic, and curator of small press, interdisciplinary, and experimental work since 2006.

Chelsea Leu is the book reviews editor at The Rumpus and a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and others. Formerly, she was an assistant research editor and writer at Wired.

Ismail Muhammad is the reviews editor at The Believer, contributing editor at ZYZZYVA, and a PhD candidate in English at University of California, Berkeley. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Slate, Paris Review, The Nation, Bookforum, and other venues. He's at work on a novel about the Great Migration.

Caroline Crew is the author of Pink Museum, as well as several chapbooks. She serves as poetry editor for New South and editorial assistant for Five Points.  Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Georgia State University, after earning an MA at the University of Oxford and an MFA at UMass-Amherst.


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