Interview & Reading Archive

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Click on the News page for links to Beth’s most recent interviews. Below is the interview archive:

On CEASE @ The Rumpus: ” I think apocalypse has its roots in “revelation,” right?, and that would seem to speak to the poem’s method of disclosure. If an apocalypse is “an imminent end of the present world,” it does seem the poems in CEASE play out by “imminent end of the present word” as the meaning reveals itself turn by turn.”

“On Proximity and Beauty:” Beth writes about language and boundary at Krista Tippett’s ON BEING blog.

On her poem “wild” at Poetry Society of America.

An interview with Beth on The Rumpus Late Night Poetry Show and a review of the show live in NYC!

“Elegy, Silence, Catharsis”
Listen to Beth at Fishouse

“The Lyric You, God-intoxication, Big Fetuses” 
Devil’s Lake

“voices and shadows and fireflies and after-images and debris” 
In Verse the Feet Went Bare

“I’ve never been fishing but I know what it means to try to hook things, how to lure.”
Watch Beth on Connie Martinson Talks Books

“I’d like to see Swan Lake.”
12 or 20 questions @ rob mclennan’s blog

“imminent danger and the threat of dog-on-dog violence, things wild, things bred.”
Nashville Review

“glass: blown animals, a body to breathe into, heat and shaping.” 
Chapter 16

Audio (click on Soundcloud for the latest)

Summer 2010 Reading at the The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
00:00 through 13:30

Poems and Q & A @ Fishouse
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Listen to Beth on L.A.’s Classical KUSC *Arts Alive*
(WS Merwin @ 24:30; Beth @ 28:00)
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Past Events

Temper Book Launch Reading with Lorraine Lopez
Vanderbilt University; September 9, 2009

NYC Book Launch w/ Nick Flynn & Alex Lemon
Pete’s Candy Store; Brooklyn, NY; October 10, 2009
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Reading with Alex Lemon
Ramapo College NJ; October 12, 2009

AWP Award Series Reading
AWP Denver; April 7-10, 2010

Emerging Writers Festival with Jericho Brown
Franklin & Marshall College; April 14-16, 2010

Kingsley and Kate Tufts Award Reading with D.A. Powell
Pasadena Museum of California Art; April 22, 2010

DO NOT RISE Book Launch w/ Tony Earley
Vanderbilt University, TN; January 29, 2015 Furman 114 7pm

Sarah Lawrence College, NY; February 3, 2015

The Rumpus Late Night Poetry Show presents
David Roderick, Beth Bachmann & Nick Flynn w/ special guest Stephen Elliott

Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC; February 4, 2015 6-7:30pm $8 incl one drink

College of Charleston, SC; February 26, 2015 7pm

Panel on the extreme w/ Nick Flynn, Jamaal May & Tarfia Faizullah
AWP 2015; MN; Friday April 10, 2015 Room 211 C&D, Level 2 10:30am

A Reading w/ the Pitt Poetry Series: New Voices
AWP 2015; MN; Friday April 10, 2015 Room 101 B&C, Level 1 3pm

 A Reading w/ Nick Flynn, Mass Poetry Festival
Saturday May 2, 2015 11am-12pm PEM Morse Auditorium

A Reading w/ David Baker Friday Sept 25, 2015 6:30pm Parnassus Books

Miami Book Fair, Nov 21, 2015

Loyola University in Baltimore, MD; Feb 18, 2016

15th Rosenberry Writers’ Conference (Featured Poet), CO; Mar 1-2, 2016

Washington University in St. Louis, MO; March 24, 2016

Panel on Sex, Drugs n’ Rock n’ Roll w/ Nick Flynn, Saeed Jones, Kristin Naca
AWP 2016; Los Angeles

Kate/Kingsley Tufts Awards Reading w/ Afaa Weaver, Yona Harvey, Michael Ryan
AWP 2016; Los Angeles

Brooklyn Book Festival with Cynthia Cruz, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Patrick Rosal 
Sunday September 18th, 2016 2pm North Stage

Hunger and Hallelujah: An Afternoon of Poetry w/ Rico Frederick, Cynthia Manick, David McLoghlin Sunday October 16, 2016 4:00PM; BookCourt, Brooklyn

Poets Out Loud: w/ Laurie Ann Guerrero Monday November 14, 2016 7:00PM; Fordham University

Reading w/ Ladan Osman and Sam Sax Wed Dec 7, 2016 7:00PM; Berl’s Poetry Shop, Brooklyn

Reading w/ Guggenheim Fellows Rick Barot, Jericho Brown, Deborah Landau Thurs Feb 9th 4:30-5:45pm AWP2017; Washington DC, Rm 204AB Convention Center

Reading w/ Ada Limon & Sarah Blake Fri Mar 24th, 2017 5pm, NYU

CRISIS! A reading w Patricia Smith, David Tomas Martinez, Matthew Olzmann, Mon Sept 25, 2017 6pm, Bowery Poetry Club, NYC



AWP 2019 Portland A Reading of Poems of Protest and Peace.

Vanderbilt University, Reading with Kate Daniels August 29, 2019 7pm


Beth Bachmann splits her time between Nashville and NYC.



Beth Bachmann’s first book,Temper (2009), won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award


Do Not Rise

A book about war, memory, and PTSD.



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Get in touch with Beth!

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