Essayist and critic Sven Birkerts is the author of five books of essays and a memoir, My Sky Blue Trades. His The Gutenberg Elegies was reissued in 2006. A book on formative novels and a reflection on the craft of memoir are forthcoming from Graywolf Press. Editor of the literary journal AGNI and member of the Core Faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Birkerts teaches writing at Harvard. He lives with his family in Arlington, Massachusetts.