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The Art of Book Reviewing

All Levels | A good book review is a chance both to explore and name literary pleasure and to offer another artist the gift of our attention. In this class, we will discuss how to develop and craft a book review with care. We will read different book reviews and learn to pitch and write our own, workshopping our material together, with an eye toward entering our own reviews in the literary ecosystem.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Tess Taylor

Class Type: 3 Sessions

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/14/2021

End Date: 04/28/2021

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor is a poet and the poetry critic for NPR’s All Things Considered and a columnist for CNN. Her most recent book is Rift Zone (Red Hen Press, 2020), which the Los Angeles Times called “brilliant.” In his
introduction to the collection, Ilya Kaminsky describes Taylor’s voice as “invaluable” and she is a “poet for our moment.” Her other books include Work & Days (Red
Hen Press, 2016), named one of the best poetry books of 2016 by The New York Times; The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013), a finalist
for the Believer Poetry Award which The San Francisco Chronicle called “stunning,” and the chapbook The
Misremembered World, which was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry
Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. In February 2020, Last West, an exciting book length commission from the Museum of
Modern Art, was published in conjunction with the MOMA show, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures. ” Her work explores California and the
American West, her life as a critic, and the intersection of poetry and journalism.

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