Afternoon Craft Conversation with Ismail Muhammad

Ismail MuhammadDATE & TIME:

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.




Passcode for the event: MFACW


Some Functions for Criticism

In a contemporary literary culture shadowed by racial, gender-based, and anti-queer violence, public discussion of literature has been most animated by concerns about social justice, care, and inclusion. But what do we lose when we approach writing in this way? In this craft talk, we’ll look at the ways that writers of color have used criticism to map the relationship between care for art and care for others. Paying particular attention to critics who also practice fiction and nonfiction writing, we’ll discuss how literary criticism can engage in important questions on class, race, sexuality, and gender without looking away from art.


Ismail Muhammad is a story editor at the New York Times Magazine. His nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Catapult, the Paris Review, LitHub, The Atlantic, The Nation, and other venues. He lives in Oakland.

Date of Mention: 
Monday, March 22, 2021