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Poetry Path: Tommy Pico

Tommy Pico

Tommy Pico, from Nature Poem

Tommy Pico is the author of Feed (Tin House Books, 2019), Junk (Tin House Books, 2018), a finalist for the 2019 Lambda Literary Award, Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), winner of a 2018 American Book Award and a finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award, and IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), winner of the Brooklyn Library Literary Prize and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Among other honors, he was a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow, 2017 NYSCA/NYRA Fellow, and a recipient of the 2017 Friends of Literature Prize and a 2018 Whiting Award. Pico co-runs the reading series Poets with Attitude and is a poetry editor at Catapult Magazine. He is from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation and currently lives in Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

Tommy Pico, from "Nature Poem (Tin House, 2017).

Photo by Daniel Terna

Tommy Pico, excerpt from Nature Poem. Copyright © 2017 by Tommy Pico. Reprinted by permission of Tin House Books.

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