Stephanie Burt

Stephanie (also Steph) Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. She has published four collections of poems: Advice from the Lights (2017), Belmont (2013), Parallel Play (2006), and Popular Music (1999). Her most recent publication is Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems (2019). Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Burt taught at Macalester College for several years before becoming a Professor of English at Harvard University. She lives in the Boston area with her spouse, Jessie Bennett, and their two children.

In her own words: “It seems to me that poetry in general lets you create a voice that is you-but-not-you, you-but-like-you, you-as-someone-else, for the writer and also for the reader…”

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