Craig Brandis lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His poems and reviews have been published in Oxford Magazine, Palette Poetry, Parhelion, Trampoline, American Journal of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Plume and elsewhere. His work was long-listed for the 2021 Frontier OPEN prize and long-listed for the 2020 Palette Poetry Emerging Poet prize, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. He is a 2021 Sewanee Writers Conference Participant and a 2019 Breadloaf Writers Conference Participant.  He is a volunteer teacher and has developed a short course for teaching fourth and fifth grade children online, along with an interested parent, about poetry and how to write it. 

5 responses to “About

  1. Hi, thank you for following my poetry blog. This to inform you is a bilingual blog, so if you get a notice about an Italian poems, use your patience 😉 an English one will soon follow. I’m doing my best to keep things balanced…

  2. I share your view of what poets do.

  3. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks!  

  4. I wonder whether you would mind telling us a little about the change of name? I’ve followed your poems for a long time now, with real interest, knowing you as Burl. I went through a name change myself three years ago when my first book was published and I realised I wanted, and needed, to publish under a pen name. It can be an important decision. All the best, John

  5. Craig Brandis (aka Burl Whitman)

    Of course. Thanks for asking. John, I’ve really appreciated your readership and comments over the years! I enjoyed reading Hive Mind as well. I found it far ranging, literate and intriguing writing. I started writing under a pen name ten years ago because I was a journeyman learning a craft. After taking numerous classes from some excellent poets I’ve started publishing in journals and I’ve also been offered a book contract. Assuming things work out (they are being very slow) I’ll use my given name there. It seemed like a good time to use it here too. I like my pen name though, it feels like a distinct persona, and I may use it again later.

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