Garret Keizer

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.

Now Available

The World Pushes Back

About the book:

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

Advance Praise

The World Pushes Back is an extraordinary human document. A long time coming, the collection proves far more than worth the wait—a breathtaking poetic debut.”

Sydney Lea

“Keizer does more than catalogue the spells and bouquets of living now; he is a passionate witness to a remarkable life made holy by his spacious intellect and adventures into song.”

Major Jackson

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Writings / Interviews

  1. “Labor’s Last Stand”
    Harper’s Magazine (September 2018), with thanks to the many people who assisted me.
  2. “Nihilist Nation: The Empty Core of the Trump Mystique”
    The New Republic (November 2018)
  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 Violet Lucca (6 September 2018)
  10. Interview with June Thomas
    Slate Magazine (30 August 2012)
  11. Interview with Krys Boyd
    KERA (28 August 2018)
  12. Interview with Kenyon Review
    (June 2015)

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

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.