Como Park resident Brian Beatty published a book of poetry in August and has another one coming out in late 2016 or early 2017.
Coyotes I Couldn’t See was published by St. Paul-based Red Bird Chapbooks. The limited-edition collection includes lyric and narrative poems written and published over a two-year period. The poems originally appeared in print and digital publications in the U.S., Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland, as well as in digital broadsides on the website of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and in Motionpoems’ 2014 “Arrivals and Departures” public art project showing short films on the facade of the historical Union Depot train station in downtown St Paul.
Coyotes I Couldn’t See is available from the publisher’s website, www.redbirdchapbooks.com.
Beatty’s forthcoming collection, Brazil, Indiana, is being published by Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press of California. The 100- page sequence of short lyrics pays tribute to the people and places of the poet’s small-town childhood. Excerpts from the sequence first appeared in a variety of print and digital publications, including Clementine Poetry Journal, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, The Glasgow Review of Books, Midwestern Gothic, The Moth, Poetry City USA, Right Hand Pointing, Third Wednesday and Yellow Chair Review.
Brian Beatty moved to Minnesota in 1999 and to St. Paul in 2015. He self-published a humor collection, DUCK!, in 2009 and has performed as a comedian and storyteller.