Brittany Perham

Brittany Perham (Poetry) | San Francisco, CA

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Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction (Slapering Hol Press, 2016). She is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. She lives in San Francisco.


Double Portrait (W.W. Norton, 2017). Winner of Barnard Women Poets Prize. Poetry.
The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012). Poetry.


Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Musical, insightful, and all the way human.”
―Claudia Rankine, 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize citation for Double Portrait

“With curatorial precision and a starling’s penchant for multiple threads in both song and shelter, Brittany Perham has fashioned a haven of curiosities captivating to the ear as well as the eye. These poems dream in color and sound: bright, chantant, lifting and lowering the music and the light, so that we are transported from this world into the antechambers of the heart and back again. You cannot re-enter the waking world after reading these lucid, eloquent poems and not feel forever changed.”
—D. A. Powell on The Curiosities

“The poems in The Curiosities make a powerful system, almost an atmosphere out of stories of the body and memories of place. In poem after poem, the speaker is mysterious but never remote; the language is deliberate but never staged. And at all times, the music, intensity and craft of the work bring us close. This is a wonderful debut collection.”
—Eavan Boland

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