F292. Making Canons, Losing Friends: On Making, Revising, Critiquing and Reading Anthologies

Room 202B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In theory, collecting new writing should be simple: you pick what you consider best. In practice, the practice involves complex, urgent questions about race, gender, style, privilege, geography, fairness, fame, and finances. It's also awkward: when can you pick your friends? Five writers, critics, editors, and publishers who have made US and non-US anthologies of poetry, essays, and fiction consider their pitfalls, secrets, and rewards.



Stephen Burt, professor of English at Harvard, is the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, including The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them. A new book of poems will appear next year.

John Kulka is executive editor at Large at Harvard University Press and founding editor of the Best New American Voices series.

Carmen Giménez Smith coedited the anthology Angels of the Americplyse: New Latin@ Writing, and she is the author of five books including Milk and Filth, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Editor of Puerto del Sol, she is the publisher of Noemi Press.

Cate Marvin is a visiting professor at Colby College. Her most recent book of poems is Oracle.

Sina Queyras is the author of six books including MxT, Lemon Hound (Lambda Award), Expressway (nominated Governor General's Award), and a novel. She is founding editor of LemonHound.com. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford, and Concordia in Montreal.


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