Poetry.LA Video Interview Series - Season 2 New segments posted thru Dec., 2014
Though Southern California is B.H. Fairchild's adopted home, his poetry most famously explores working class lives in the small towns in Texas and Kansas where he grew up. "Gritty meets exalted and gets the shadows just right," is how Barbara Berman described his work in her Rumpus review of Usher: Poems (W.W. Norton, 2009). His other collections include The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2014), Local Knowledge (W.W. Norton, 2005), Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (W.W. Norton, 2003), The Art of the Lathe (Univ. of Maine, 1998), Arrival of the Future (Swallow's Tale Press, 1985, 2nd edition, Alice James Books, 2000).
In this video interview with poet Mariano Zaro, Fairchild describes how he came to appreciate a valuable connection between the physical work he did as a young man and his later creative work.
A nationally celebrated poet, Fairchild has received many honors and awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Arthur Rense Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, among other honors.