Robyn Creswell



Robyn Creswell, an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale and a former poetry editor at the Paris Review, studies modern Arabic literature, the practice of literary translation, art and revolution, and modernist poetry in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Harper’s Magazine, among many other publications. We talk with Professor Creswell about his new book, City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut, for which he was recently awarded the MacMillan Center’s Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for Best First Book.