Born in 1974, Brian Teare was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University in 2000.
Teare is the author of Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry; Companion Grasses (Omnidawn, 2013), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award; and The Room Where I Was Born (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), winner of the Brittingham Prize and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.
About Teare, the poet Rachel Zucker has written, “Brian Teare is master poet. He can ‘write rain into the picture’ and make the written word seem real.... He resists the way the lyric attempts to lull us or protect us from pain. In [his] poems language fails. The form, the poem, paper, the lyric—even pain fails. And in this failure I am moved beyond words, through words, and brought back to pleasure, to freedom, to the perfect weather of true grief, to the spectacular disaster that is life.”
In 2008, Teare founded Albion Books, a micropress specializing in limited edition poetry chapbooks, broadsides and print ephemera.
He is the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award as well as fellowships from Stanford University, The Guggenheim Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, Headlands Center for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Pew Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. He is currently Associate Professor at University of Virginia, and lives in Charlottesville.