Authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan join Rail Editor-at-Large Phyllis Tuchman for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Jorie Graham.
Former senior arts editor of Newsweek, Annalyn Swan has been editor-in-chief of Savvy magazine, and served as a consulting editor for major media companies, including Time Inc. and Gruner and Jahr. She taught biographical and memoir writing at Princeton University in 2013, and currently teaches in the Biography and Memoir M.A. program at the Graduate Center at CUNY, as well as at Breadloaf Middlebury School of English. She has written for numerous publications, including The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, and contributed to catalogs and collections of essays, among them The Lives of the Piano. She is the winner of an Ascap-Deems Taylor award and a Front Page Award for her music criticism.
Former art critic for Newsweek, The New Republic, and New York Magazine Mark Stevens is the author of a novel, Summer in the City (1984), and has written numerous essays for books, art magazines, and catalogues, most recently an essay for Jenny Saville (Rizzoli, 2018) and one for Francis Bacon: Late Paintings (Gagosian, 2015). Stevens has also written for many general interest publications, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he has served for many years on the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum, and of King’s College, Cambridge. In 2007-08, Mark was a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, which enabled him to begin work on the biography of Francis Bacon.
Critic and art historian who teaches and writes about art, particularly sculpture. She has taught at Williams College, Hunter College, and the School of Visual Arts. She is currently writing a book on the life and times of Robert Smithson. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.