Poetry. "In TJ Beitelman's poems, 'everything's a powder / keg,' where everyday occurrences explode into expressions of joy and heartache. AMERICANA begins with an examination of American icons and institutions, then moves out in widening circles to encompass everything from Greek myth to global politics. Here you'll find strange bedfellows—Bogart and the Big Bang, Hank Aaron and Buddhism, Hezbollah and Frank O'Hara—drawn together by Beitelman's nimble mind. Full of surprising turns and observations, AMERICANA is a wide-eyed view of the extraordinary world around us, one most of us rarely have the capacity to see."—Mark Neely
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