Stephen Burt was invited to give the 2015 Garnett G. Sedgewick Memorial Lecture at UBC in March of 2015. He spoke on "The Use of Poetry and the Use of Place." The lecture series honours Dr. Garnett Sedgewick (1882-1949), founding Head of the University's English Department. The 2015 Sedgewick lecture was supported by the Garnett Sedgewick Memorial Endowment Fund and the Critical Studies in Sexuality Program.
Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. His essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other works include Belmont (2013); The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press, 2010); Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler (University of Virginia Press, 2009); The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2007); Parallel Play: Poems (Graywolf, 2006); Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden (Columbia University Press, 2005); Randall Jarrell and His Age (Columbia University Press, 2002); and Popular Music (Center for Literary Publishing, 1999).
Stephen Burt grew up around Washington, DC, and received an A.B. from Harvard in 1994 and a Ph.D. in English from Yale in 2000. He taught at Macalester College for several years before becoming a professor of English at Harvard University.