Born in Athens, Georgia, Brian Teare grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. His collections of poetry include The Room Where I Was Born (2003), winner of the Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Sight Map (2009); and Pleasure (2010), winner of the Lambda Literary Award; and Companion Grasses (2013), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was named one of Slate’s best poetry books of 2013. His poetry has also appeared in anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006).
Teare was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. A critic as well as a poet, Teare has published criticism in At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (2009) and elsewhere. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Teare now teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.