Tommy  Pico-Feed

Tommy Pico

Bio

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Sessions

Poetry Reading: Tommy Pico and Mark Conway

From the Winner of the Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and finalist for a Lambda, Tommy Pico's Feed is an epistolary recipe for the main character, a poem of nourishment, and a jaunty walk through New York's High Line park, with the lines, stanzas, paragraphs, dialogue, and registers approximating the park's cultivated gardens of wildness. Mark Conway’s spare and imaginistic poems in rivers of the driftless region concern the implications of eternity: which offers no past or future but rather an ever-present now.nThe book is described by Mary Szybist “a dazzling quest-rodeo of the inner life” that takes us “inside the lush, divided terrain of the mind.” Join these two poets as they read from their latest collections.

Introducer: Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek has published six books of poems, including Still (Persea, January 2020), An Ecology of Elsewhere, Road Scatter, and the Dorset Prize-winningBiogeography. Recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, three Georgia Author of the Year awards, and two Peace Corps Writers awards, she is co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, poetry editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, and Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.

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Feed

Feed is the fourth book in the Teebs tetralogy, partly an epistolary recipe for the main character, a juke box of nourishments, and a jaunty walk through the High Line park in New York, with the lines and the stanzas and the paragraphs and the dialogue and the registers approximating the park’s cultivated gardens of wildness. Amongst its questions, Feed asks what’s the difference between being alone and being lonely? Can you ever really be friends with an ex? What’s the perfect Mac & Cheese recipe? Feed is an ode of reconciliation to the wild inconsistencies of a northeast spring, a frustrating season of back-and-forth, of thaw and blizzard, but with a faith that among the mess it knows where it’s going.

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