Stephanie Burt & Taylor Johnson

To enter the world

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:30 pm
Virtual Reading | 7:30pm-9pm Eastern Time
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“For all its insights into trans experience, Advice from the Lights is the brightest and most inviting of Burt’s collections for readers of any, all, and no genders.” — Boston Review

Stephanie Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Her essay collection, Close Calls with Nonsense, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and her most recent poetry collection is Advice from the Lights: Poems published by Graywolf.

In 2017, Taylor Johnson received the Larry Neal Writers' Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Their first book, Inheritance, will be published November 2020 by Alice James Books. 

We will be sharing items from the Folger Collection and other materials from over the centuries related to gender in an exhibition starting at 5:30pm. The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Assistant Curator of Collections Elizabeth DeBold will join with Stephanie Burt and Taylor Johnson to discuss these rare items.

Poet Oliver Baez Bendorf will moderate a short conversation with Johnson and Burt at the end of the reading with questions taken from viewers using the question-and-answer feature in Zoom. 


From Virginia Slim

…How else am I
supposed to enter the
world if I’d already left
once: as myth: not set
apart: but as a small
shelled thing: low:
toiling in the dirt:
every bit of black to

Excerpt from Virginia Slim from Inheritance by Taylor Johnson, Alice James Books, 2020.


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