“The Shape of Things II” and Other Poems in Verse

December 20, 2016

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A portfolio of my poems was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and was just published in Verse. Included in the portfolio are “The Shape of Things I,” “Architects and Their Books,” “What We Are Looking At,” “Tristeza,” “An Ode to 2013: We Are the National Security Agency’s Children,” “Throw Out Your Life,” and an eighteen-page long poem, “The Shape of Things II,” of which I am particularly proud.

The poems appear in volume 33 of Verse, along with poems by Felicia Zamora, the winner of the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, E. C. Belli, Alex Stolis, Beth Marzoni, Michelle Murphy, Dan Ivec, Gabrielle Hovendon, Todd Melicker, Keith Jones, Catherine Taylor, Lynn Melnick, and the late James Tate. I will post a link to where one can order the issue as soon as it becomes available, but in the meantime, individual subscriptions can be ordered from Verse‘s editorial office for $18/year (check payable to Verse):

Brian Henry and Andrew Zawacki, Editors
Department of English
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA 23173


“2016.01,” “2016.19,” and “2016.23” in Masque & Spectacle

August 31, 2016

“2016.01,” “2016.19,” and “2016.23,” poems from my ongoing sonnet sequence, are in Masque & Spectacle.


“2015.01” in TXTOBJX

July 28, 2016

“2015.01,” a poem from my ongoing sonnet sequence, was just published in TXTOBJX. The journal, edited by Andrew Kiraly, publishes what it calls “text objects,” which are “pieces of automatic fictoidal writing produced in one or two sessions.” A text object will be up on the site for a few days and then “the text object sinks into the shuffle and is accessible only randomly via the ‘nxtobjx’ link.” You can read more about the journal here.


Review of The Rocking Chair

June 2, 2016

My debut poetry collection, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015), just received its first review by Mike Good in volume 53, no. 2 of the Hollins Critic (their website). Though not available online, I was able to access it through my library and the AcademicOne File database, and a print copy looks like it should be available shortly for order.

An excerpt: “The poem’s content reaches often and expansively, shifting from personal narrative, classics, baseball, to philosophy, politics, pop-culture, sci-fi, western, geology, mathematics, and academic double-speak, sometimes in the span of a single sequence. . . . While annotations across a book-length outline of a poem might deter even the most intrepid reader, in the end, Fest’s debut is heartfelt, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny. . . . [It] appears to be an invention to tame, preserve, and organize culture’s excess, but evades easy definition” (19).


Architects and Their Books

May 18, 2016

A poem, “Architects and Their Books,” was posted recently on Verse‘s blog. The poem is an excerpt from a forthcoming portfolio, “The Shape of Things,” which was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and will be in print later this year in Verse.


Six Sonnets: 2014.01 – 2014.06

October 13, 2015

Six more of sonnets from the ongoing project just appeared in Empty Mirror.


2015.02 in Small Po(r)tions

October 1, 2015

A sonnet from an ongoing sequence just appeared in issue 5 of Small Po(r)tions magazine. Check out “2015.02.” More poems from this project are on their way in a couple weeks.