Poet CAConrad grew up in Pennsylvania, where he helped to support his single mother during his difficult youth. Influenced by Allen Ginsberg
, Audre Lorde
, and Franz Kafka, Conrad writes poems in which stark images of sex, violence, and defiance build a bridge between fable and confession. In a 2010 interview with Luke Degnan for BOMB
, Conrad discussed his approach to poetry, which focuses on process and on engaging the permeability of the border between self and other. “Ultimately, I want my (Soma)tic poetry and poetics to help us realize at least two things. That everything around us has a creative viability with the potential to spur new thinking and imaginative output and that the most necessary ingredient to bringing the sustainable, humane changes we need and want for our world requires creativity in all lives, every single day.” In a 2010 review of The Book of Frank
for Jacket Magazine
, poet Eileen Myles
observes, “In Conrad’s world the parameters are deliberately unknowable because that is the nature of our time. In piecing together, configuring and releasing his extreme miniatures—agonized fables, poems about America. CAConrad includes us all in the enormous outside of his heart. Which is the world in all
Conrad is the author of several collections of poetry, including Gil Ott Book Award-winner The Book of Frank
(2010), Advanced ELVIS Course
(2009) and Deviant Propulsion
(2006). The City Real & Imagined: Philadelphia Poems
(2010) is Conrad’s collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock.
He has edited, with Magdalena Zurawski, Frequency Audio Journal
, as well as Banjo
: Poets Talking
. Conrad has led workshops at the St. Marks Poetry Project and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.
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