Jared Stanley with Brian Teare

PennSound podcast #62

At left: Sierra National Forest. Photo by Jeffrey Pang.
At left: Sierra National Forest. Photo by Jeffrey Pang via Wikimedia Commons.


The Reno, Nevada–based poet Jared Stanley visited Philadelphia and the Kelly Writers House in April 2017 during a book tour for the release of EARS, which Sam Lohmann in The Volta has called “a manifesto of interdependence and susceptibility, a theory of the senses, and a deliberate sequence of jokes about lyric address.” In this PennSound podcast interview with Brian Teare, Stanley talks about how notions such as friendship, ethics, and animism inform the scope of his work.

Jared Stanley is the author of three collections of poetry: EARS (Nightboat, 2017), The Weeds (Salt, 2012), and Book Made of Forest (Salt, 2009). He has also authored numerous artist’s books, chapbooks, and ephemera, including Ignore the Cries of Empty Stones and Your Flesh Will Break Out in Scavengers (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2018) and Shall (Black Rock Press, 2019). Stanley frequently collaborates with visual artists, most recently on the speculative artist’s museum Terma, Images from the Ear or Groin or Somewhere, with the Toronto-based artist Sameer Farooq, which was the inaugural exhibition at the Lilley Museum of Art in Reno in January 2019. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Brian Teare is the author of several books including Companion Grasses, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. His sixth book, Doomstead Days, appeared from Nightboat Books in 2019. His honors include a Lambda Literary Award and fellowships from the NEA, the Pew Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the MacDowell Colony. An associate professor at Temple University, he lives in South Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books. — Julia Bloch