David Nilsen

David Nilsen, a writer and former librarian living in Ohio. He is a National Book Critics Circle member, and his writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Millions, Rain Taxi, Open Letters Monthly, the National Book Critics Circle Critical Mass blog, and many other publications. Outside the literary world, he is a professional beer writer and educator and Certified Cicerone. He lives with his wife, daughter, and a very irritable cat.


on Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s debut poetry collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is about the essential consequences of incarnation, is a sensory catalog of wounds and wonders, vices and pleasures. His poems—fragmented, plaintive, at points frantic—are occupied with what it means to be a spirit and a mind haunted by their physical baggage and delighted by their […]

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