Reverberation: The Book Review as Literary (Labor) Labor

115AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Reviewers, both traditional and graphic, consider literary labor in relation to other labors and reviewing as an act of literary citizenship. Within the Republic of Letters, they will discuss the review’s power to amplify voices and challenge dominate narratives. They explore the cerebral joy of reading a book, considering it deeply, and constructing an argument about it. As editors, teachers, activists, they end by sharing ideas for encouraging the next generation of reviewers.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Reverberation_outline.pdf



Marcela Sulak has authored three poetry collections and the memoir Mouth Full of Seeds. She coedited Family Resemblance, a hybrid anthology, and her five poetry translations have received an NEA Fellowship and a PEN Award nomination. She edits the Ilanot Review and hosts the podcast Israel in Translation.

Octavio Quintanilla is an associate professor of literature and creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of the poetry collection If I Go Missing. Instagram: @writeroctavioquintanilla

Chanda Feldman is the author of Approaching the Fields: Poems. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and has received a NEA Fellowship for Poetry and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She holds an MFA from Cornell University. Chanda teaches creative writing at Oberlin College.

Anna V. Q. Ross is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry and the author of the collections If a Storm, Figuring, and Hawk Weather. Her work appears in The Nation, The Southern Review, and Harvard Review. She teaches at Emerson College and hosts Unearthed Song & Poetry.

Martha Silano is the author of five books of poetry, including Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception. She also coauthored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. She teaches at Bellevue College.


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