Elise Levine's Critical Reads

June 18th, 2017

Elise Levine is the author of the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications. Her work has also appeared in Blackbird, Ploughshares, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Best Canadian Stories. Originally from Toronto, ON, she now lives in Baltimore, MD, and is Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University. Levine discusses Blue Field, Tue. 6/20 6pm at 57th Street Books, in conversation with Suzanne Buffam. RSVP and details here.


The imagination, with its twinned capacity for magnitude and intensive focus on the specific, shapes the generosity of witness. Here are some works of fiction and one of poetry that embody such largess.

Injun by Jordan Abel

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott

So Much for that Winter by Dorthe Nors

The Last Lover by Can Xue