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Sep 23
Zoom Event / Virtual Event

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Poet Brian Teare

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All Fall 2021 Zell Visiting Writers Series events will be offered live in a Zoom webinar format. Pending public health considerations and guidance from the university, readings and Q&As may also take place in person (with limited capacity) at the University of Michigan Museum of Art's Stern Auditorium. Details will be announced closer to the event date. Please contact with any questions or accommodation needs.

Critically acclaimed poet Brian Teare writes from the intersection of environmental thought, queer experience, and disability. His most recent book, Doomstead Days, offers a series of walking meditations on our complicity with the climate crisis, poems that document the interdependence of human and environmental health by using fieldwork and archival research to situate embodiment and 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.” Doomstead Days won the 2020 Four Quartets Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle, Kingsley Tufts, and Lambda Literary Awards.

A 2020 Guggenheim fellow, Teare is the author of five previous books, including Companion Grasses and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. His honors include the Brittingham Prize and Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Pew Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the MacDowell Colony. Teare has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, an MFA from Indiana University, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He taught creative writing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade before moving to Philadelphia, where he taught at Temple University. Now an Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Virginia, he lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.