What Nature, edited with Timothy Donnelly and BK Fischer
Boston Review / MIT Press, 2018
The poems collected in What Nature were written in the predawn of the Sixth Extinction Event. They were written as sea levels rose over a tenth of an inch a year. They were written as albatross on the Midway Atoll fed their young with plastic bottle caps and cigarette lighters mistaken for brightly colored squid. They were written as insect excretions collected from Thai forests formed the shellac that gives jellybeans their sheen. They were not written on Walden Pond or in the Vale of Chamouni. They were not written because poetry can save the Earth …
Poems for Political Disaster, edited with Timothy Donnelly, BK Fischer, and Matt Lord
Boston Review, 2017
In time of crisis, we summon up our strength,” wrote poet Muriel Rukeyser. This collection gathers poems—from the eve of the twenty- first century to the month following Trump’s election—to mark a moment of political rupture, summoning the collective strength found in the languages of resistance and memory, subversion and declamation, struggle and hope. Poetry is a counterforce. We offer these poems to readers as Rukeyser did—“not walls, but human things, human faces.
ALSO at Boston Review: Read my introduction to our forum on Race and the Poetic Avant-Garde, featuring essays by Dorothy Wang, David Marriott, Lyn Hejinian, Prageeta Sharma, David Lloyd, Mónica de la Torre, Erica Hunt, and John Yau.
and visit the back catalogue of edited essays, including:
- “The Order Is Bullet“: Virginia Konchan on My country, tonight by Josué Guébo, translated by Todd Fredson
- Dispatches from the Land of Erasure: A forum on Arab-American poetry and the work of liberation
- “Manacled to a Whelm“: Cecily Parks on Fast by Jorie Graham
- “A Poetics of Ghosting“: A conversation between Rodrigo Toscano and Aaron Beasley
Founding Editor, with Jennifer Kronovet, of CIRCUMERENCE: Poetry in Translation
Co-Editor (with Iemanjá Brown, erica kaufman, Kristin Moriah, Conor Tomás Reed, Talia Shalev & Wendy Tronrud) of “What We Are Part Of”: Adrienne Rich Teaching at CUNY (1968-1974). Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative (Series 4, Fall 2013)
Editor of Muriel Rukeyser’s Darwin & the Writers. Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative (Series 1, Fall 2010)