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Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts (author page at Amazon) has been editor of AGNI since July 2002. He is the author of nine books: An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on 20th Century Literature (William Morrow), The Electric Life: Essays on Modern Poetry (William Morrow), American Energies: Essays on Fiction (William Morrow), The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (Faber & Faber), Readings (Graywolf), My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time (Viking, 2002), Reading Life (Graywolf, 2007), Then, Again: The Art of Time in the Memoir (Graywolf, 2008), The Other Walk (Graywolf, 2011), and Changing the Subject: Essays on the Mediated Self (Graywolf, 2015). He has edited Tolstoy’s Dictaphone: Writers and the Muse (Graywolf) as well as Writing Well (with Donald Hall) and The Evolving Canon (Allyn & Bacon).

He has received grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was winner of the Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle in 1985 and the Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award from PEN for the best book of essays in 1990. Birkerts has reviewed regularly for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Mirabella, Parnassus, The Yale Review, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Emerson College, Amherst College, and Mt. Holyoke College, and currently teaches at the graduate Bennington Writing Seminars, which he directed for ten years. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. (updated 10/2017)

AGNI has published the following work by Sven Birkerts:

The Advertent Eye
And What Is Writing
An Appreciation of Charles Bardes, M.D.
As Above: Saul Bellow
Biography and the Dissolving Self: A Note
Birkerts and I
Booze Snow Cone with Crème de Menthe
Chekhov’s Fancy
Chekhov’s Fancy
Derek Walcott at BU: A Sorting
In the Commissaries of Hell
A Conversation with James Carroll
A Conversation with Saul Bellow
The Decline of the West & Other Animadversions
Double Take
Finding Traction
Found in the Dreamhouse
The Golden Book
The Hive Life
The Ideal Reader
I’ll take Hell in a Handbasket for five hundred, Alex.
Introduction to a Special Feature: On the Experience of Reading
It Wants to Find You
James Wright’s “Hammock”: A Sounding
Joseph Brodsky
Last Things First: Czeslaw Milosz’s Witness of Poetry
Mind’s Matter
Noble Rot
Notebook: Style
The Nightcrawler, Joan Miró
Notes from a Confession
On Becoming an Editor
The Problem of Other Minds
Reading at the Limit
Reflections of a Non-Political Man
Semblance: Something Else Again
Stage 2
Submission Guidelines
The Thinker in the Garden
Ten Broad Swipes at the Problem of Structure in the Essay (and Perhaps Other Genres as Well)
“This Just In—”: Notes from the Couch and the Writing Desk
The Walk
What Remains
“What Next?”
The Woman in the Garden

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