Brian Spears

Poet, Editor, Teacher, Blogger.

Web CV



A Witness in Exile, Louisiana Literature Press, 2011


Stegner Fellow 2003-2005
Stanford University

M. F. A. (60 hours) Creative Writing, Poetry
University of Arkansas 2003

B. A. English, Creative Writing Minor
Southeastern Louisiana University, 1999


Instructor of English, Florida Atlantic University, 2005-present

Levinthal Lecturer, Stanford University, Spring 2005

Graduate Instructor of English, University of Arkansas, 1999-2003


“According to studies,” “Not-Summer,” “Overseas Highway,” “Fire Tower” and “Tell it slant” Night Hawk Review Spring 2011

“Until I Learn” Two Weeks a digital anthology of contemporary poetry January 2011

“Record: 11-13,” “Record: 12-13,” “Record: 13-14,” “Record: 13-15,” “Record: 14-16” No Tell Motel January 2011

“Up South” and “I-55” The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume IV: Louisiana, Texas Review Press 2011

“Recursive Villanelle” and “Near Death Experience” Art Amiss Literary Magazine December 2010

“13 Ways of Looking at Last,” “Mime is Stress Yser,” “One Day the Ruins of the Galleria Mall Will Shelter Armadillos,” “On Looking Into Creeley’s Pieces,” and “What Change Must Come” Eunoia Review October 2010

“Arch” and “Mesa” storySouth September 2010

“Entre Nous” Measure Spring 2011

“Hurry” and “’Salons are collecting hair to soak up oil,’” Poets for Living Waters, June 17, 2010

“Armed Robbery” Literary Imagination Spring 2010

“The Hazards in Child Naming” Redheaded Stepchild November 3, 2009

“Old Stories” Waccamaw Journal, October 31, 2009

“An Experience of Blood” Measure, Volume VI 2009

“Because I Didn’t Teach Her How to Drive” The Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards, April 2009

“Sedimentary” Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts 2009 issue

“Pastoral” Quarterly West Spring/Summer 2009

“Capulin, New Mexico” and “I-55” Louisiana Literature, Fall/Winter 2008

“Hall Raising” Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression, Summer 2008

“US Route 50” storySouth January 2008

“i sing of brian” and “Unhealthy Sonnet” Measure 2008

“City of New Orleans” Quercus Review 2008

“Lessoned” and “Dedication” Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review Fall 2007

“Up South” and “Sonnet for my Daughter, Age 14” Louisiana Literature Fall/Winter 2007

“Unsolved” Poetry Southeast Winter 2007

“The Sign of a Carpenter” and “Lament” The Southern Review Winter 2007

“Up South” The Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards, March 2006

“Buffalo River, 2002” Perigee February 2006

“Timothy Wishes He’d Waited Out the Rain Delay” Louisiana Literature Spring/Summer 2000


“Cradle Song” The Rumpus April 14, 2010

“The Rumpus Interview with Gabrielle Calvocoressi” February 3, 2010

“Fingers Through Holy Water” The Rumpus, July 30, 2009

“The Naked City” The Rumpus, April 15, 2009

“The Rumpus Interview with Mary Rosenberg” March 14, 2009

Book Review of Waking Stone by Carole Simmons Oles for Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century, February 20, 2009

“A Questioning Faith” The Rumpus February 12, 2009

“Faint Praise for ‘Praise Song’” The Rumpus, January 21, 2009


Poetry Editor, The Rumpus February 2009-present

• Direct poetry coverage for The Rumpus, an online culture magazine which averages between 450-500,000 visits each month
• Solicit and edit reviews of new collections of poetry
• Solicit and edit interviews with contemporary poets
• Solicit and edit poems for the Rumpus Original Combo series
• Curate the annual Rumpus National Poetry Month collection
• Write the weekly column Poetic Lives Online
• Direct the Rumpus Poetry Book Club

Faculty Mentor for Coastlines, Florida Atlantic University’s student literary magazine, 2008-2009


In-Area Courses Developed

Poetic Forms Workshop (CRW 4321)
Including closed and open, traditional and nonce forms; scansion; accentual, syllabic and accentual-syllabic verse

Poetry Workshop 1 (CRW 4310)
Including short lyric, concrete, narrative and personae poems; focus on both formal and free verse lineation

Poetry Workshop 2 (CRW 4311)
Including experimental, conceptual and non-creative writing; primarily for advanced students

Modern Poetry (LIT 4032)
Formal and semantic aspects of 20th century poetry in English and in translation; emphasis on poetry from a range of schools and voices

World Literature: Critical Approaches (LIT 4225)
Critical approaches to selected works in major world literatures, Eastern and Western, including archetypal, traditional or contemporary interpretations

Interpretation of Poetry (LIT 2030)
Language of metaphor and imagery; analytical and creative explication of poems; focus on critical thinking and writing across the curriculum

Interpretation of Drama (LIT 2040)
Dramatic structure and contemporary interpretation of plays both ancient and modern; focus on critical thinking and writing across the curriculum

Other Courses

Writing for Management (ENC 3213)
College Writing 1 (ENC 1101)
College Writing 2 (ENC 1102)


“Because I Didn’t Teach Her How to Drive” Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award, 2009

Editor’s Choice Award for “Hall Raising.” Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression, Summer 2008

Finalist, Walt McDonald First Book Award, 2008.

Pushcart Prize Nominee for “Buffalo River, 2002” October 2006

“Up South” Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Award, 2005

Stanford Creative Writing Program Nominee, Best New Poets 2005

Stegner Fellow in Poetry, Stanford University, 2003 – 2005

University of Arkansas Doctoral Fellowship 1999 – 2003

The Felix Christopher McKean Award for the poem “Genetics.” 2002 University of Arkansas

The D. Vickers Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, 1999, Southeastern Louisiana University


Four Poets—Mass Hysteria with Neil de la Flor, Becka Mara McKay, Maureen Seaton and Brian Spears. Books & Books Fort Lauderdale, February 24, 2011

2010/2011 Literary Authors Series. Florida Atlantic University, November 17, 2010

The Coastlines Summer Reading. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, August 2009

Focus the Nation: Literature and the Environment. Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL Spring 2008

Florida Atlantic University with Amy Letter, Boca Raton, FL Spring 2006

AWP Conference, Austin TX, Panel Member “Cultivating the New: Poetic Innovation, Formal Play in Modern & Contemporary Poetry.” March 9, 2006

C-SPAN’s BookTV (with author Stephen Elliott). Stanford University Bookstore, Palo Alto CA, Fall 2004

The Stegner Fellows Reading Series. Stanford University Bookstore, Palo Alto, CA Fall 2003


“A Witness in Exile: an interview with poet Brian Spears” at Knight Arts, March 15, 2011

“A View of Exile: Brian Spears’ First Book of Poetry” at We Who Are About To Die, February 11. 2011.

“A Poet in My Bones: A Conversation with Brian Spears” at Used Furniture Review, February 8, 2011.

“Brian Spears: A Witness in Exile” at Almost Dorothy, January 24, 2011.

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