Joel Brouwer is an American poet, professor and critic. His most recent poetry collection is And So.
He is also the author of Exactly What Happened, which received the Larry Levis Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Centuries, a National Book Critics Circle "Notable Book."
In addition to writing poetry, Brouwer also writes essays, and regularly reviews books for The New York Times Book Review, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Progressive, and other venues. His essays have been published in literary journals including AGNI, Boston Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, and his poems in AGNI, The Cortland Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Journal, Massachusetts Review, Paris Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Prose Poem, and Tin House.
Brouwer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1968, and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Syracuse University, and is a professor of English at the University of Alabama, and lives in Tuscaloosa.