Garret Keizer will read from his debut book of poetry, The World Pushes Back, winner of the 2018 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Written over the past forty years, the poems in this collection have appeared in such venues as Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, The Hudson Review, and The New Yorker. Keizer is the author of eight previous books, including Getting Schooled, Privacy, A Dresser of Sycamore Trees, and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want. A Guggenheim Fellow and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine and Virginia Quarterly Review, he has also been a guest on All Things Considered, BBC Forum, Marketplace, and The Colbert Report. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and has lived in Vermont with his wife, Kathy Keizer, since 1975. She keeps company with Billie Holiday, Leon Trotsky, Medusa, and Athanasius Kircher (“the last man who knew everything”) in The World Pushes Back.