on Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865-1917 by Angela Sorby

on Campo Santo by W. G. Sebald

on Collected Poems 1943-2004 by Richard Wilbur

Robert Schnall lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been reviewing poetry books for many years. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Harvard Review, and the Missouri Review.

on The Dawn Collector: On My Way to the Natural World by Reg Saner

Doug Carlson joined the Review staff in January 2007 and works primarily in manuscript evaluation and nonfiction editing. Carlson’s essays on natural and cultural history have appeared frequently in magazines and journals as well as in several anthologies, including A Place Apart (W. W. Norton) and The Sacred Place (University of Utah Press). His work has been collected in two books: At the Edge (White Pine Press) and When We Say We’re Home (University of Utah Press). His most recent book, Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2007. Before coming to the Review, Carlson was visiting writer-in-residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is a former chair of the UGA Press Faculty Editorial Board and has served in editorial or advisory capacities for Ascent magazine, White Pine Press, and New Rivers Press.

on Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

Kevin Clark’s several books of poems include the forthcoming The Consecrations (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2021). His first collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets, and his second, Self-Portrait with Expletives (2010), won the Pleiades Press prize. His poetry appears in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Crazyhorse. A regular critic for The Georgia Review, he’s also published essays in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop. 

Being Real in Fiction (on Carrying the Torch by Brock Clarke; Somewhere Geese Are Flying: New and Selected Stories by Gary Gildner; Something for the Journey by Richard Cortez Day; and Your Lolita by D. B. Wells)

Where Do We Discover What We Believe? (on Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil by C. D. Wright; The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience by Ann Lauterbach; Poetry and What Is Real by Richard Tillinghast; Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry by Peter Middleton; and The Extravagant: Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy by Robert Baker)

Jeff Gundy’s eighth book of poems, Without a Plea, was published in early 2019 by Bottom Dog Press. Recent poems and essays are in Cincinnati Review, River Teeth, Forklift, Ohio, Terrain, and Christian Century. He is at work on a series of lyric essays about the Illinois prairie with the working title “Wind Farm.”

 

The Religion of Now (on Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America by Kathleen Rooney; Fool’s Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology by Stewart Justman; Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture by David Chidester; The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman; and The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, edited by Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Swift)

Benjamin Hedin is the editor of an anthology, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader (Norton, 2004). His fiction, interviews, and essays have appeared in the Nation, Salmagundi, Gettysburg Review, and other publications, and he has taught at New York University and the New School. He currently resides in Baltimore, where he is completing a novel.

Sonnet for the Sin of Foolishness

Ellen Frank is an award-winning painter, writer, and scholar of both literature and art. Her illuminated manuscripts have appeared in numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally, and her Hanukkah Illuminated, A Book of Days series (1997–2000) will be published in book form by Welcome Press. She has a master’s degree in literature and a PhD in literature and visual arts from Stanford University.