Poetics of Social Engagement

American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement is a critical anthology of contemporary poetry and poetics published in the Wesleyan University Press American Poets Series. The volume is coedited with Claudia Rankine and features fourteen innovative poets alongside fourteen essays on their work by leading critics and poet-critics. More information, including the detailed table of contents and advance reviews by Stephanie Burt and Michael Davidson, is available HERE.


Here’s the dynamite lineup of poets: Rosa Alcalá, Brian Blanchfield, Daniel Borzutzky, Carmen Giménez Smith, Allison Hedge Coke, Cathy Park Hong, Christine Hume, Bhanu Kapil, Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, Fred Moten, Craig Santos Perez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Roberto Tejada, & Edwin Torres.

And the equally terrific lineup of critics (& poet-critics & poet-critic-translators, many of whom could also feature as poets) with essays on the poets: John Alba Cutler, Chris Nealon, Kristin Dykstra, Joyelle McSweeney, Chadwick Allen, Danielle Pafunda, Molly Bendall, Eunsong Kim, Michael Dowdy, Brent Hayes Edwards, J. Michael Martinez, Martin Joseph Ponce, David Colón, & Urayoán Noel.