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American Studies, Ecopoetics and Environmental Literature, Feminist Theory, 19th-21st Century US Poetry and Poetics, Queer Theory


A former NEA Fellow, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His fifth book, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, will be out from Ahsahta in September 2015. As a scholar and critic, he has published articles, essays and reviews in Boston Review, English Language Notes, How2, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in the critical anthologies Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre, At the Barriers: The Poetry of Thom Gunn, Jean Valentine: This-World Company and The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Selected Publications

  • The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven (Ahsahta, 2015)
  • Companion Grasses (Omnidawn, 2013)
  • Pleasure (Ahsahta, 2010)
  • Sight Map (University of California, 2009)
  • The Room Where I Was Born (University of Wisconsin, 2003)

Courses Taught

  • ENG 3196: Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENG 3197: Themes/Genres in Women’s Literature
  • ENG 3813: Writers at Work
  • ENG 4096: Studies in Creative Writing (Senior Capstone)
  • ENG 5100: Topics in Literary Genres
  • ENG 5600: Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • ENG 5601: Graduate Poetry Workshop
  • ENG 5603: Craft in Creative Writing
  • ENG 9083: Manuscript Tutorials