Author or co-author of sixteen books of poetry, exploratory prose, and fiction, Dan Beachy-Quick’s previous Tupelo volumes are Mulberry (2006), This Nest, Swift Passerine (2009), Circle’s Apprentice (2011), and gentlessness (2015). His work has been supported by the Lannan Foundation, and he has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his family.
“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.