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From The Literary Underground Wiki
Alan Britt is an American poet, original Immanentist, Primordial Realist. Britt teaches poetry/creative writing at Towson University. His recent books are Alone with the Terrible Universe (CypressBooks, 2011), Hurricane (March Street Press, 2010), Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2010), Vegetable Love (March Street Press, 2009), Vermilion (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2006), Infinite Days (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2003), Amnesia Tango (Cedar Hill Publications, 1998), and Bodies of Lightning (CypressBooks, 1995).
Early life and education
Britt received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tampa and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Britt performs poetry workshops for the Maryland State Arts Council and occasionally publishes the international literary journal, Black Moon, from Reisterstown, Maryland. Readings: SUNY at Albany, NY, 2006; Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY, 2006; Towson University, Towson, MD, 2006; PCA/ACA Conference, Boston, 2007, Ultra Violet Studio, Chelsea/NYC, 2007 & 2009; WPA Gallery at Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY, 2008; Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) reading and workshop, Baltimore, MD, 2008 and 2009; Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, presentation and reading, 2009; Constellation Books, Baltimore 2010; The Goethe Institute, Washington, DC 2010.
Styles and themes
"The imagery in Britt's poems connects itself to an idea and is, therefore, deeper and more meaningful than embellishment or decoration. In this manner, a linguistic experience is born, one that is palpable to the five senses. No accent pieces needed-Britt does more than get close to the bone-he gets to the heart of the thing itself and makes it resonate with something deeper than exactitude. His images are painted as if vibrating, as if his letters were tuning forks. Britt's imagery, therefore, evokes a mood and meaning simultaneously." --excerpted from Dr. Maura Gage's introduction to Infinite Days.
Select awards and honors
- Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 11 times, most recently 2008, 2009 & 2011.
- "The Mockingbird", Vegetable Love (March Street Press)
- 3 Poems, World Catalyst Magazine (2009)
- Spectrum of Poetic Fire: Reader Directory
- Poetry Super Highway Poet of the Week
- Carrington MacDuffie's review of Infinite Days by Alan Britt, Square Lake (Number Six, Fall 2004).
- Paul Sohar's review of Vegetable Love by Alan Britt, The Pedestal Magazine (Issue 56, 2009)
- Paul Sohar's review of Hurricane " by Alan Britt, "The Pedestal Magazine" (Issue 64, 2011)