"Is American Poetry Still a Thing?" by Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. In 2012, the New York  Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation.” He grew up around Washington, DC and earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale. Burt has published three collections of poems: Belmont (2013), Parallel Play (2006), and Popular Music (1999). 

Burt's works of criticism include Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Art of the Sonnet—written with David Mikics (2010); The Forms of Youth: 20th-Century Poetry and Adolescence (2007);  Randall Jarrell on W.H. Auden (2005), with Hannah Brooks-Motl; and Randall Jarrell and His Age (2002). 

Burt has taught at Macalester College and is now Professor of English at Harvard University. He currently serves on the judging committee for Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

Board of Trustees Room, Harper Hall Claremont