Poem in the Final Issue of inter|rupture

I’m so grateful to have a new poem, “Net Worth,” in the final issue of inter|rupture, along with some terrific company in the form of Mary Biddinger, Kristin Bock, Sophie Klahr, Zach Green, Charlotte Seley, Sean Shearer, Christopher Citro, and many others.


I first had a poem in the February 2015 issue of the journal–three years ago!–titled “Host Mask,” and I was thrilled to have such a great home for one of the first poems I wrote to use the two-three-two line syncopating stanza structure that I first saw Yusef Komunyakaa use and have occasionally returned to a number of times myself. And for a time before then, I appreciated the journal solely as a reader–inter|rupture has long been a place that took risks and brought bold writing from new and established voices alike, and they will be missed but far from forgotten.

Here’s one of my favorites on the site: “So What If I Am Floating Here / So Dangerously Without My Space Helmet” by my friend Dillon J. Welch. Happens to also be maybe my favorite poem of his, which made it appearing in such a lovely journal an exceptional treat.

Many thanks to the editors at inter|rupture, Curtis, Elizabeth, and Anna, for their work in making such a great journal for us to enjoy over the years.

This last issue is packed with great poems–do go check them out!


Light of the Interpersonal: A Review of Sophie Klahr’s Meet Me Here At Dawn

Lest the New Year roll around without me getting around to reviewing a poet’s book, late in 2017 AGNI published my deep-dive into Sophie Klahr’s debut book of poetry, MEET ME HERE AT DAWN, published by YesYes Books. I hope you’ll check it out and if the book sounds interesting to you (it certainly was for me!), maybe look into picking up a copy or having your local library order the book for their collection.

On the AGNI homepage, the editors preface the review with the following quick write-up: “Taking up the public role of the reviewer—that of guide, interpreter, and evaluator—Brandon Amico also responds to Sophie Klahr’s Meet Me Here At Dawn with the heat of a private reading passion. We feel him taking in the work from all sides, looking to account for the many aspects of this poet’s distinctive practice.”

Many thanks to Sven Birkerts and William Pierce for giving the review a home at one of my favorite journals, and to Meagan Reilly for her careful eye and attention as we brought this thing home.


Recipient of an NC Arts Council Grant!

I’m so very humbled to share that I’ve been awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for the 2017-18 grant season!

Grateful to the NCAC, to Avery County, as well as the grant board comprised of the regional councils (Asheville Area Arts Council, Toe River Arts Council, and the Madison County Arts Council) for their generosity and support. It means more than I can put into words (which is ironic for a poet, I suppose) to know that folks like these believe in me and my work.

Read up on the council, the grants, and ways you can help further their mission here!