Stephen Burt is the author of Randall Jarrell and His Age, a critical study, and two books of poetry, Popular Music, and, most recently, Parallel Play. His essays and reviews about modern and contemporary poetry, graphic novels, genre fiction, music, and women’s basketball have appeared in many publications including The Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Times Literary Supplement.
He grew up in Washington, DC, studied at Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and now teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul.
Of his critical work he says, “Criticism is an applied art, or perhaps a craft; it does not require that its practitioners create something out of nothing. In fact, responsible practical criticism requires that its practitioners not do that.” Burt has published several essays and reviews devoted in whole or in part to the poetry of C. D. Wright.