Welcome, and thank you for your interest in my work. I’m the author of nine books, including 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. My latest book, The World Pushes Back, is also my first book of poetry.
Winner of the 2018 X J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, The World Pushes Back is a 96-page paperback containing poems written over the past forty years and published in more than thirty journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, The Hudson Review, Image, and The New Yorker.
To buy it now: IndieBound; Amazon; Texas Review Press; Waterstones
Cover photo by: Jake Mosher. “Winter,” © 2018
George Santayana wrote, “Spirit chills the flesh and is itself on fire.” If I understand that properly, it could be a way of summing up Garret Keizer’s aesthetic in his marvelous The World Pushes Back.… Keizer is my favorite kind of moralist, assertive yet complicit. He takes us on a journey through mystery from travail toward understanding that leads us back to mystery. The world remains the world; it is he who pushes back.Stephen Dunn, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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.)
Vermont American Civil Liberties Union, Annual Meeting, 2012. On privacy rights. The so-called “death of privacy” is cant in the service of powerful interests.
Institute of Noise Control Engineering, “Inter-Noise 2012” (New York). On noise and social justice. The lower you are in the social hierarchy, the more noise you suffer.
Colgate University, 2007. On “organized religion.” Flawed as it is, “organized religion” is a stronger agent for social change than bourgeois “spirituality.”
Dartmouth Medical School, 2006. On midwifery and metaphor. The profession of midwife offers profound insights into the true meaning of “help.”
Smith College, 2005. On the universal moral dilemmas revealed in teaching. One day in a typical classroom amounts to an introductory course in philosophy.
My literary agents are Jim Rutman and Peter Matson at Sterling Lord Literistic:
New York, NY 10012
Giulia Melucci handles public relations and media appearances for Harper’s Magazine.
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.