Brian Teare

Brian Teare

Fellow: Awarded 2020
Field of Study: Poetry

Competition: US & Canada

Brian Teare’s most recent book, Doomstead Days, offers a series of walking meditations on our complicity with climate crisis. His poems document the interdependence of human and environmental health and use fieldwork and archival research to situate chronic illness within bioregional and industrial histories. As the New York Times noted, “Teare’s voices let us weigh the insoluble questions of how to live as an ethical being in the face of violence and environmental collapse.” Longlisted for the National Book Award, Doomstead Days was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, Kingsley Tufts, and Lambda Literary Awards.

Teare is the author of five previous books, including Pleasure, Companion Grasses, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. His honors include the Brittingham Prize and Lambda Literary and Thom Gunn Awards, and fellowships from the NEA, the Pew Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and eight years in Philadelphia, he’s now an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Photo Credit: Ryan Collerd, Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

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