Mr. Brian Teare

Pennsylvania, United States

Member Since: 09/11/2012

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 five critically acclaimed books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure, Companion Grasses, one of Slate’s best poetry books of 2013 and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. He’s also the author of seven chapbooks, most recently Helplessness, [ black sun crown ], and SORE EROS. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.




  • The Room Where I Was Born , University of Wisconsin Press (2003)
  • Sight Map , University of California Press (2009)
  • Pleasure , Ahsahta Press (2010)
  • Companion Grasses , Omnidawn (2013)
  • The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven , Ahsahta Press (September 2015)


  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College (2010 - 2011)
  • Assistant Professor at Temple University (August 2011 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from University of Alabama (May 1997)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Indiana University (May 2000)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry