For the next two months, poet Douglas Kearney will be Harriet's "Craft Work" blogger. “Craft Work” is a Harriet feature in which poets, translators, editors, and publishers talk about the creative work done in their respective fields. Harriet will host a featured writer on a bimonthly basis, and periodically present live discussions between “Craft Work” writers and readers. If you have questions you would like writers to consider beforehand, or if you would like to suggest a “Craft Work” contributor, please e-mail

Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. It was also a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, the Orpheum, The World Stage, and others. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, miPoesias, Southampton Review, Washington Square, and Tidal Basin Review. Performances of Kearney’s libretti have been featured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Europe. Born in Brooklyn, he lives with his family in California's San Fernando Valley. He teaches at CalArts and Antioch.

Look for his first post this week. And catch up on the last installment of "Craft Work" with Cedar Sigo here.

Originally Published: January 10th, 2011