Mr. Brian Teare

Virginia, United States

Member Since: 09/11/2012



Brian Teare is the author of six critically acclaimed books, most recently Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, and Doomstead Days, out from Nightboat Books. His honors include the Brittingham Prize and Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Pew Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. An Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, he lives in Charlottesville, 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)
  • Doomstead Days , Nightboat Books (April 2019)


  • Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Grant(2019)
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship(2016)
  • Henry David Thoreau Environmental Writing Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center(2016)
  • Pew Fellowship in the Arts(2015)
  • Fund for Poetry Award(2013)
  • American Antiquarian Society Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research(2011)
  • Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts(2011)
  • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Male Poetry(2010)
  • Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry(2006)
  • Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry(2004)
  • Literature Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts(2003)
  • Brittingham Prize, University of Wisconsin Press(2003)
  • Stegner Fellowship(2000)


  • Assistant Professor at Temple University (August 2011 - June 2019)
  • Associate Professor at University of Virginia (August 2019 - )


  • 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