Poetry. "These are poems of a rare and exquisite composure. A sonorous, achingly precise cry from the heart, an antidote to 'mock the grotesque braggadocio.' Chris Tysh has drawn her sword, and it is a weapon of great beauty: razor sharp and shimmering, a thing that cuts to the quick"—Paul Auster. "The very fact that we call heraldic symbols 'devices' makes them vulnerable to another realm—the poetic—where prerogatives can (and, as Chris Tysh believes, should) be rethought and ultimately dispersed. Tysh's writing doesn't say we shouldn't be somewhere, but it acts out a being there in a different (gorgeous and unpunishing) way"—Lyn Hejinian.
Chris Tysh was born and raised in Paris, and studied American literature at the Sorbonne. She was naturalized as a citizen of the United States on July 4th, 1998. Her critical study, Allen Ginsberg, was published in Paris by Editions Seghers in the series "Poètes d'Aujourd'hui." She teaches writing and women's studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her books include HOTEL DES ARCHIVES: A TRILOGY (Station Hill Press at Barrytown, 2018), OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS, ECHOIC (Les Figues Press, 2013), MOLLOY: THE FLIP SIDE (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), NIGHT SCALES: A FABLE FOR KLARA K (United Artists Books, 2010), CLEAVAGE (Roof Books, 2004), CONTINUITY GIRL (United Artists Books, 2000), IN THE NAME (Past Tents Press, 1994), and COAT OF ARMS (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 1992). Her Motor City drama, car men, a play in d, was staged at the Detroit Institute of Arts under the direction of Carla Harryman in 1996. She is a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Author City: DETROIT, MI USA