Bryan Walpert is a poet, fiction writer, scholar, essayist and editor. His short story collection, Ephraim’s Eyes (Pewter Rose Press) was named a “Best Book of 2010″ on National Radio in New Zealand. He is the author of three books of poems, Etymology (Cinnamon Press) and A History of Glass, which was selected for publication by Stephen F. Austin State University Press as part of its national manuscript contest, and most recently Native Bird, part of Makaro Press’s Hoopla Series.
His work has won a number of awards, including the James Wright Poetry Award from the Mid-American Review and first prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. His work has been shortlisted for the Rattle Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.
Bryan has an interest in science and its links to literature. He is the author of the scholarly monograph, Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge). An essayist, he received a Dialogica award (Australia) for writing about poetry for a general audience. A former journalist, he has written for more than a dozen publications, such as The Washington Post. He is the poetry editor of the literary journal Segue, based at Miami University of Ohio.
Born and educated in the United States, he teaches creative writing at Massey University in New Zealand, where he has received a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. You can reach Bryan at BJW360@gmail.com. He blogs about life in New Zealand at http://nzlazygardener.wordpress.com/
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About Native Bird
In his third poetry collection, award-winning poet Bryan Walpert—who arrived in New Zealand from the U.S. a decade ago—writes of what it’s been like to be an observer or “birdwatcher” in a land whose physical and cultural geographies he is still learning to name. With his trademark precision and insight, Bryan weaves meditations on the life and songs of birds into his observations on living as a new settler in wind-charged Manawatu. Working at the shifting borders between homes and hearts, prose and poetry, call and song, this is an arresting collection that speaks to us all.
The book is available to purchase online here.
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“The poems in A History of Glass are some of the best I have read in years. In these thoughtful, soulful poems every reflection is earned. And they are voyages–Walpert has a natural narrative voice that works through lovingly observed overlapping images, gently pulling the reader into a shared, spiritually rewarding journey. One could not ask for more of poetry.” – Roald Hoffmann, Nobel-winning chemist and author of Soliton: Poems (New Odyssey Series)
Sample Poems from A History of Glass:
“In the Photograph,” “Aubade,” “Thank You, Persia,” “A History of Glass”
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Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry examines types of resistance in contemporary poetry to the authority of scientific knowledge, tracing the source of these resistances to both their literary precedents and the scientific zeitgeists that helped to produce them. It concludes by proposing that viewing knowledge as a form of intervention, rather than representation, offers a bridge between poetry and science.