Autobiomythography Series (Poetry)

Autobiomythography & Gallery

(Autobiomythography I / Brooklyn Arts Press, 2007)

The first book of the series, this manuscript is not too far removed to the thesis I turned in to complete my Master’s Degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The manuscript was a finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Prize, the National Poetry Series, and the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award.

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(Autobiomythography II, Augury Books, 2015)

This second collection arrived from a period of time where I was traveling a lot: New York, Tokyo, South Africa, Taiwan, Norway, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Belize, the Pacific Northwest, Chicago, France, Germany, Florida…everywhere. During this time I found I wanted to slow down, pay close attention, & write shorter poems.

Operating Systems

(Autobiomythography III, Spork Press, 2019)

This is the book closest to my heart / the bone. I spent over a decade putting these poems together, and it contains the most vulnerable pieces. It also contains my longest and probably most important work, “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper,” which received wide acclaim and was mentioned on the front page of The New York Times. The book was actually published after AIV and AV, due to publisher setbacks, but fits ideologically in the center.

The Art Is a Lonely Hunter

(Autobiomythography IV, Minor Poets, 2018)

Told from the ethereal perspective of a film director turned poet, this loose biography of my alternative-universe self is composed of poems that fell out of the Operating Systems manuscript over the years and congealed into a fun and surprising experiment.


(Autobiomythography V, Post House Books, 2018)

I wrote this book in a single day, traveling from Venice to Florence by train, after receiving the terrible news of a family who died by fire the day before. I woke up, purchased a notebook, boarded the train, and began writing whatever came to mind, as a way to re-center myself. I still get letters from readers about this book.


Brooklyn Poets Anthology

(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017)

Co-edited with poet Jason Koo, this anthology brings together 170 different contemporary voices from the New York borough of Brooklyn, the first book to do so. It was an instant Best Seller and remains a staple in university classrooms.


Between Scylla & Charybdis

(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2008)

An extended interview in book form with the artist Greg Slick.

Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, Performance

(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017)

A five-year international effort, this book is an art object and true labor of love. It is the resulting book-form archive of talks, symposia, art pieces, dances, essays, and so much more, as brought to fruition by Editors Karmenlara Ely & Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann of the Norwegian Theatre Academy / Østfold University College, along with help from academics/artists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (Germany), and York St John University (UK). I spent years helping make this book a reality, and many, many hours editing it & helping along rewrites in several languages, and so claim it as part of my work.