Dan Beachy-Quick

dan beachy-quickAuthor 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.

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.

Books by Dan Beachy-Quick

Variations on Dawn and Dusk
North True South Bright
This Nest, Swift Passerine
Circle’s Apprentice


Work From Memory: In Response to In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (with Matthew Goulish)
Conversities (with Srikanth Reddy)

Chapbooks (uncollected poems)

Apology for the Book of Creatures
Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs


Of Silence & Song
A Whaler’s Dictionary
Wonderful Investigations: Essays, Meditations, Tales
A Brighter Word than Bright: Keats at Work


An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky

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