Garret Keizer

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in my work. I’m the author of eight books, the most recent of which are Getting Schooled and Privacy, and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine and Virginia Quarterly Review. My essays, poems, and opinion pieces have also appeared in The Antioch Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, the Los Angeles Times, and Mother Jones, among others. I was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. Lately I’ve been interviewing people in the labor movement.

Writings / Interviews

  1. “Labor Day Is Coming”
    San Francisco Chronicle (1 September 2018)
  2. “Facing North: The Perennial Pull of a Mysterious Direction”
    Virginia Quarterly Review (Winter 2017)
  3. “Public or Private, It’s Work”
    New York Times (25 June 2011)
  4. “When the Snake Became a Man”
    The New Yorker (30 March 2009)
  5. “The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want” (book excerpt)
    New York Times (22 May 2010)
  6. “Solidarity and Survival”
    Lapham’s Quarterly (Spring 2016)
  7. Interview with Diane Rehm
    WAMU (30 June 2010)
  8. Interview with Stephen Colbert
    The Colbert Report (6 July 2010)
  9. Interview with Scott Horton (17 August 2012)
  10. Interview with June Thomas
    Slate Magazine (30 August 2012)
  11. Interview with Jane Lindholm
    VPR (21 August 2014)
  12. Interview with Kenyon Review
    (June 2015)

Recent News

My essay “Labor’s Last Stand” is the cover story in the September issue of Harper’s Magazine. My thanks to the many people who granted me interviews and otherwise assisted me.


Over the years I’ve given a variety of public talks, most of them based on the subject matter of my books. A few examples of past topics and venues appear below. (A fuller list of talks is also available.)

Contact Information

My literary agent is Peter Matson at Sterling Lord Literistic:

115 Broadway
New York, NY 10006
(212) 780-6050

Giulia Melucci handles public relations and media appearances for Harper’s Magazine.

My publicist for Getting Schooled and Privacy is James Meader.

My publicist for The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want is Kristina Fazzalaro.

If you would like to send me a message or inquire about my availability for speaking engagements, please send an email to garretkeizer [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you.