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Dan Beachy-Quick, Author of Mulberry, This Nest, Swift Passerine and Circle's Apprentice

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Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of five books of poetry: Circle’s Apprentice, North True South Bright, Spell, Mulberry, and This Nest, Swift Passerine; five chapbooks: Apology for the Book of Creatures, Overtakelesness, Heroisms, Canto, and Mobius Crowns (the latter two both written in collaboration with the poet Srikanth Reddy); and a book of interlinked essays on Moby-Dick: A Whaler’s Dictionary. Reddy and Beachy-Quick’s collaboration has recently been released as a full-length collection, Conversities, from 1913 Press. Milkweed Editions has also published a new collection of essays, meditations, and tales, Wonderful Investigations. He is a contributing editor for the journals A Public Space, Dear Navigator, and West Branch. After graduating from the University of Denver, he attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has taught at Grinnell College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University. His work has been a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency, and taught as Visiting Faculty at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in spring 2010.


The longer I’ve spent reading poetry and writing it, too, the more distinctly I’ve come to feel the lyric space as one in which voices seek a means to persist beyond the bounds of the life that wrote them. It’s an old thought, one easily dismissed, hardly part of the conversations I hear about poetry today, the way in which a poem seeks some kind of eternal utterance. I feel just as keenly that the words I use contain within in them a history of uses—often by the poets and writers I most love—which carry forward in nearly occult ways in my own poems. Even more than an appropriation of works and lives, I suppose I think of the poem as a kind of conjuring and a kind of repair.
— Andrew David King interviews Dan Beachy-Quick at Kenyon Review Online
Click here to hear a reading by Dan Beachy-Quick at Northwestern University’s 2009 Spring Festival of Writers, recorded by Chicago Public Radio.
Read Dan-Beachy-Quick’s essay “Dissembling My Childhood,” from the New York Times Magazine’s “Modern Love” column.
Read Dan Beachy-Quick’s astonishing and profoundly insightful review of Martin Corless Smith’s Nota.

Reviews of Dan Beachy-Quick's Mulberry
Reviews of Dan Beachy-Quick's This Nest, Swift Passerine
Reviews of Dan Beachy-Quick's Circle's Apprentice