Shira Dentz

Introduction to DB 18: Reviews

Welcome to DB 18’s review section! Whether you’ve read the books reviewed here or haven’t had the chance yet but are familiar with their authors—or are just interested in seeing what’s going on—my bet is that you will be mega stimulated by the portals these reviewers/travelers open up (as I was). Enjoy reading Amy Gerstler on Elaine Equi, Michael Mejia on Chris Ware, Kelly Lydick on Sandy Florian, Jennifer K. Dick on HR Hegnauer, Jessica Treat on Jac Jemc, and Andrew Najberg on Arthur Smith. Also in this issue, Nathan Hauke interviews Paul Naylor about his recent book and longstanding work as a publisher of contemporary American poetry.

Shira Dentz
Reviews Editor
December 2013

Shira Dentz is the author of two books, door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), and black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Tilt/Shearsman) and Sisyphusina (forthcoming from Red Glass Books). Her writing has appeared in many journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets’ website (, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Shira has a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York. She is also Drunken Boat's Reviews Editor.  Find her online at