Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, poet Joel Brouwer is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Syracuse University. Brouwer is the author of several collections of poetry, including And So (2009); Centuries (2003), a National Book Critics Circle Notable Book; and Exactly What Happened (1999), winner of the Larry Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also published several chapbooks.
Brouwer has been awarded fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His essays and book reviews have appeared widely, including in AGNI, the Boston Review, the Harvard Review, and the New York Times Book Review.
He has taught at Southern Illinois University and the University of Alabama. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Poems By JOEL BROUWER
Translated By Joel Brouwer
Articles By JOEL BROUWER
- 100 Years of Poetry: Re-Reading Reviews
Learning new tricks from old book reviews
- Gertrude Stein’s “The house was just twinkling in the moon light”
An intimate glimpse into one of the 20th century’s most fascinating marriages.
- All This Scratching and Erasing
A critical look at new prose from William Logan, Fanny Howe, and W.S. Di Piero.
- Five Books
Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems, Elizabeth Arnold’s Effacement, Todd Hearon’s Strange Land, Khaled Mattawa’s Tocquville, and Jean Valentine’s Break the Glass.
- In Praise of Promiscuous Thinking
On Charles Bernstein’s Attack of the Difficult Poems and David Orr’s Beautiful and Pointless.
- John Donne: “A Valediction: of Weeping”
Reality and representation mix in this classic poem.
- Six Books
Audio & PodcastsPoetry Off the Shelf
What Valentine's Day Means to Me
Joel Brouwer picks poems to woo your sweetie—including Tony Hoagland's "Windchime."