Join us for a week of conversations, performances, and readings curated by the Rail’s section editors.
In this talk
This summer, we are celebrating the sections of the Brooklyn Rail with conversations, performances, and readings curated by our editors. This 2-week YouTube video series offers a view behind the scenes with the editors, artists, and writers that make the publication.
On Thursday, July 22, Books editor Joseph Salvatore is joined by authors John Domini, Yvonne C. Garrett, Tony Leuzzi, Tanjil Rashid, and Andrea Scrima for a conversation on the passions and rationales of book criticism at this moment.
Check out the other events this week devoted to our sections Field Notes, ArtSeen + ArTonic, Art Books, and Music. Register below to one, some, or all of these events to receive selected materials for each episode.
Author John Domini writes regularly about books for the Rail. Other criticism has appeared in Lit Hub, the Washington Post, and elsewhere; journalism in The New York Times and elsewhere, as well as in Italy. As for his fiction, Salman Rushdie praised his 2019 novel The Color Inside a Melon as “both elegant and hard-boiled… absorbing.” Domini has three other novels, three collections of stories, and his latest book is a memoir, The Archeology of a Good Ragù. Awards include a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he lives in Iowa with his wife, the science fiction writer Lettie Prell.
Writer, Feminist, Editor, Teacher, and Archivist Yvonne C. Garrett holds an MLIS, an MFA-Fiction, two MAs (NYU), and a Ph.D. with a dissertation focused on women in Punk. She’s been published in a wide array of journals and magazines an d has published five poetry chapbooks. Senior Fiction Editor at Black Lawrence Press, she also edits the weekly publishing newsletter Sapling.
Poet, critic, and, art maker Tony Leuzzi is the author of books of poems including Radiant Losses (New Sins, 2010), The Burning Door (Tiger Bark, 2014), and Meditation Archipelago (Tiger Bark, 2018). Passwords Primeval (BOA Editions, 2012) is a collection of Leuzzi’s interviews with 20 American poets. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Wesley T. Hansen Award, and is the recipient of the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creativity. He writes regularly for the Books section of the Rail, and his interviews and criticism have been published in American Literary Review, The Kenyon Review, The Poetry Society of America, and elsewhere.
Freelance writer and producer Tanjil Rashid works in television, making documentaries and current affairs programmes. He is also a freelance writer, who regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Spectator and BBC television and radio. He lives in London.
Writer Andrea Scrima is the author of A Lesser Day (Spuyten Duyvil, 2nd ed. 2018); the German edition (Wie viele Tage) was published by Literaturverlag Droschl Graz, Austria in 2018. The German edition of her second book, Like Lips, Like Skins, was published by Droschl in August of 2021 under the title Kreisläufe. Scrima has works in several anthologies, including Wreckage of Reason (Spuyten Duyvil) and Strange Attractors (University of Massachusetts Press). She is the recipient of a writer’s fellowship from the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs and writes a monthly column for Three Quarks Daily. She is Editor-in-Chief of the online literary magazine StatORec.
Books editor of the RailJoseph Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011) and co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar, 10th edition (Pearson, 2015). His fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in Minor Characters (Roundabout, 2021), Tiny Nightmares (Catapult, 2020), The Los Angeles Times, Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, among many others others, and he contributes regularly to The New York Times Sunday Book Review. He is an associate professor of writing at The New School, New York, where he received the University Distinguished Teaching Award and was the founding editor of the literary journal LIT.