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Today's poem is "Gallant Phantoms through the Pineapple Door"
from See Me Improving

Copper Canyon Press

Travis Nichols lives in Chicago where he works as an editor at the Poetry Foundation. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he has worked as a film projectionist, bookseller, dishwasher, teacher, estate sales consultant, movie critic, and freelance journalist. In 2006, he traveled around the country on the Wave Books Poetry Bus tour reading with hundreds of poets to audiences at over fifty different venues, including bars, bookstores, cafes, museums, the Space Needle and a meteor crater. His journalism has appeared in The Village Voice, The Believer, Poets & Writers, Paste, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The Stranger, among other places. Hes currently a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and runs the online journal Weird Deer. His first book of poems, Iowa, came out in 2009 on Letter Machine Editions, and his first novel, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder, was published this spring by Coffee House Press.

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About See Me Improving:

"Nichols pulls the reader in... with breathtaking immediacy."
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

"Nichols' knack for describing the familiar in the most peculiar ways emerges in the first few pages... Nichols opts for the road less traveled, to mix words and emotions with time and space and have it be as organic as if you were experiencing this part of your life for the first time."
—Angela Stubbs



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