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. I am also a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a freelance writer and lecturer. Much of my writing has to do with matters of politics, religion, and justice.

Now in Paperback

Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher

From the book jacket:

Perhaps no profession is so constantly discussed, regulated, and maligned by non-practitioners as teaching. The voices of the teachers themselves are conspicuously missing. Defying this trend, Garret Keizer takes us to school in an arresting chronicle of his return to the same rural Vermont high school where he taught fourteen years ago.

To buy it now: Powell’s; IndieBound; Amazon; Macmillan

Praise for “Getting Schooled”

“Keizer writes eloquently and perceptively… a wonderful book… More than just thoughtful, reasonable, carefully observed, elegantly written and deeply humane—and it is all of these—it is also that rare thing, a work of genuine wisdom.”

Chicago Tribune


The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

Writings / Interviews

  1. Review of Substitute by Nicholson Baker
    New York Times Book Review (28 August 2016)
  2. “Facing North: The Perennial Pull of a Mysterious Direction”
    Virginia Quarterly Review (Winter 2017)
  3. “Public or Private, It’s Work”
    The New York Times (25 June 2011)
  4. “When the Snake Became a Man”
    The New Yorker (30 March 2009)
  5. “Left of Bernie”
    Harper’s Magazine (February 2016)
  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 Leonard Lopate
    WNYC (27 August 2014)

Recent News


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

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.