“Even Sincerity”: On the Viability of the Self in Contemporary Poetry (on One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America by Dan Chiasson; Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems by Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer; and American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell)

Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives (Louisiana State University Press, 2010) won the Pleiades Press Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize; his 2016 chapbook The Wantingwon the Five Oaks Press contest. Clark’s poems have appeared in many venues, including AntiochReview, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he has published essays about poetry in magazines such as the Iowa Review, the Southern Review, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Clark lives with his family in San Luis Obispo, California, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop.