Curator’s comment from April Ranger: Both Rives and Brian Turner are excellent at delivering the reader or listener into the present moment, creating urgency through an unexpected image or change direction. I think of these poets as excavators: constantly examining small events in their lives, uncovering a new insight, and then lifting it for others to witness. I am excited to hear the contrast in tone between a multimedia storyteller often lauded for his comedy and a US Army veteran whose first book recounts his time spent fighting in Iraq, all while experiencing their shared knack for surprise.
Rives likes what everybody likes: invertebrates, motorcycles, and the National Register of Historic Places. He appeared on seasons 3-6 of “HBO’s Def Poetry Jam” and was a 2004 National Poetry Slam champ with Team Hollywood. He has five talks on TED.com—more than any other human without a college degree, foreign accent and/or facial hair. A devout night owl, Rives is the current acting curator of Museum of Four in the Morning (fourinthemorning.com).
Brian Turner is the author of Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review,and other journals. He received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Weekend America, among others. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College.