Poetry. This loosely federated republic of curses, verses, and fractured mythic narratives holds a single truth to be self-evident: our genius for disorder is our truest gift.
"It is spectacular to watch his poems upend everything. In this book, the paint squeezes its artist from the tube. The facts are not to be believed, but you will ardently believe that they are facts."—Darcie Dennigan
TJ Beitelman is a writer and teacher living in Birmingham, Alabama. He's published a novel, JOHN THE REVELATOR (2013), a collection of short fiction, COMMUNION, and three collections of poetry: THIS IS THE STORY OF HIS LIFE (2018), IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION (2012) and AMERICANA (2015), all from Black Lawrence Press. His stories and poems have appeared widely in literary magazines, and he's received fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. He taught writing and literature at Virginia Tech, where he earned an MA in English, and at the University of Alabama, where he earned an MFA in creative writing and also edited Black Warrior Review. He currently directs the creative writing program at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham.
Author City: BIRMINGHAM, AL USA