The New Criterion, edited by Roger Kimball was founded in 1982 by art critic Hilton Kramer and the pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman. A monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, The New Criterion began as an experiment in critical audacity—a publication devoted to engaging, in Matthew Arnold’s famous phrase, with “the best that has been thought and said.” This also meant engaging with those forces dedicated to traducing genuine cultural and intellectual achievement, whether through obfuscation, politicization, or a commitment to nihilistic absurdity. We are proud that The New Criterion has been in the forefront both of championing what is best and most humanely vital in our cultural inheritance and in exposing what is mendacious, corrosive, and spurious. Published monthly from September through June, The New Criterion brings together a wide range of young and established critics whose common aim is to bring you the most incisive criticism being written today.

“As a critical periodical, The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.”

–Julian Symons
the Times Literary Supplement

Editorial Staff

Roger Kimball

Editor & Publisher

Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. He is an art critic for National Review and writes a regular column for PJ Media at Roger’s Rules. Mr. Kimball lectures widely and has appeared on national radio and television programs as well as the BBC. He is represented by Writers’ Representatives, who can provide details about booking him.

James Panero

Executive Editor

James Panero is the Executive Editor of The New Criterion. He writes on art and culture monthly for The New Criterion and serves as the magazine’s gallery critic. ARTINFO has called him a “preeminent voice of American cultural conservatism.”

Rebecca Hecht

Associate Editor

Rebecca Hecht is Associate Editor of The New Criterion. She received a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, where she was the Managing Editor of The Dartmouth Review. Before joining The New Criterion in 2014, she worked on history books at Oxford University Press.

Eric C. Simpson

Associate Editor

Eric C. Simpson is Associate Editor of The New Criterion. A violinist since age four, Mr. Simpson is active in New York and beyond as a music critic, contributing regularly to The New York Classical Review. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and the Hopkins Review.

Ben Riley

Assistant Editor

Benjamin Riley is an assistant editor of The New Criterion. He received his MA from Courtauld Institute of Art and was the Hilton Kramer Fellow in Criticism at The New Criterion. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he served as President and Publisher of The Dartmouth Review. His undergraduate and graduate theses both examined the work of the Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728–1792).

Andrew Shea

Hilton Kramer Fellow

Andrew Shea is the Hilton Kramer Fellow in Criticism at The New Criterion. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017 with a B.A. in English and Studio Art and completed an honors thesis in painting. In addition to his work at The New Criterion, Andrew continues to paint and play jazz upright bass.

David Yezzi

Poetry Editor

David Yezzi’s latest collection of poems is Birds of the Air (Carnegie Mellon). A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Mr. Yezzi has contributed poems and criticism to The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, he is the author of Azores (Swallow Press), The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly), and the chapbook Sad Is Eros from Aralia Press.


Hilton Kramer

Founding Editor & Publisher

Hilton Kramer (1928–2012) was the founding editor of The New Criterion, which he started with the late Samuel Lipman in 1982. From 1987 until 2006, he was also the art critic for the weekly New York Observer, and for many years wrote the “Critic’s Notebook” column in Art & Antiques magazine. His “Media Watch” column was published weekly in The New York Post from 1993 to November 1997.

Samuel Lipman

Publisher 1982-1994

Samuel Lipman (1934–1994) was the founding publisher of The New Criterion, which he started with the late Hilton Kramer in 1982. A distinguished concert pianist, Lipman wrote music criticism for Commentary and served on the National Council on the Arts.  

Office Staff

Cricket Farnsworth

Office Manager

Caetlynn Booth

Assistant to the Editors


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–The Times Literary Supplement

“Indeed, nearly all the magazine’s reviewing—of books, art, and music—is first-rate. The poetry featured is comparably exceptional with a strong preference for formal verse (which is just fine by me).”

–Michael Dirda

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–The Wall Street Journal

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