Random Name Poetry Series presents: RAE ARMANTROUT's most recent books are ITSELF(Wesleyan, 2015) and JUST SAYING (Wesleyan, 2013). In 2010 her book VERSED, also from Wesleyan, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have been widely anthologized, including in THE BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING (Omnidawn, 2014); THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF POSTMODERN AMERICAN POETRY (Norton, 2013), and THE OPEN DOOR: 100 POEMS, 100 YEARS OF POETRY MAGAZINE (Chicago, 2012). Writing in LANA TURNER, Aaron Kunin has described Armatrout's poetry this way: "Not ecstatic or epiphanic, but something more like what Archimedes meant when he shouted, Eureka! The feeling of having an idea. Arriving at a solution and seeing behind it a prospect of all the new intellectual problems disclosed by the solution.” She lives in San Diego where she is professor emeritus at UC San Diego. http://www.upne.com/0819574671.html 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, is forthcoming from Ahsahta in 2015. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
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