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Stephanie Burt

October 19, Copley Square
Stephanie Burt is an expert in American poetry, both in its composition and its critique. She has been called “one of the most influential poetry critics of a generation” by the New York Times. Burt also teaches at Harvard University, sharing with students not only her expertise in poetry, but also LGBTQ literature and graphic novels and comics. She is the author of several texts on poetry, including Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, The Forms of Youth: Twentieth-Century Poetry and Adolescence, and The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them. Her essays have been featured in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. She has also published collections of poetry: Belmont and Advice from the Lights. Her most recent work, Don't Read Poetry, has been called "an accessible, inclusive, and, most of all, friendly guide to poetry" by Publishers Weekly.