Garrett Caples

Garrett Caples

  • Garrett Caples is the author of Power Ballads (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2016), Retrievals (2014), The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), Complications (2007), and Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013). He is the poetry editor at City Lights Books and curates the Spotlight Poetry Series there. He is also a contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has written articles and blogged for the Poetry Foundation and occasionally blogs for He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in San Francisco.

    (Photo by Jeff Mellin)

  • Reviews

    [The Garrett Caples Reader] displays genuine intellectual engagement along with its playful exuberance, making for a most winning combination.
    —Publishers Weekly

    Caples supplies us with a full aesthetic meal, with alarming images right out of the French Surrealists. He also means what he says; regardless of any implications to the contrary, Caples is writing out of emotion, even well-done sentiment.
    —Max Winter, Rain Taxi

    I adore [Caples’] prescription to read widely and even perversely; and his breezy style is engaging--despite the weighty title, the essay feels like some chunk of a great conversation you'd have over a couple of beers. And we need more poets weighing in on things the way he has here...
    —Don Share

    With a supply of thumbnail biographies that read like the most improbable fiction, and a leisurely but learned style, Caples makes the minor seem major.
    —Ed Park, The Poetry Foundation

    Reviews of books by Garrett Caples

    Power Ballads


    Quintessence of the Minor

  • Poems
    - “Sundial Tone” (in Granta)
    - “Aubade” (in Poetry)
    - “Ordinary History America” (in Poetry)
    - “Richard O. Moore Imagined as a Bob Dylan Song” (in OmniVerse)

    - Bookslut, with Patrick James Dunagan
    - PhillySound, with CAConrad
    - Otolith, with Eileen Tabios

    Articles by Garrett Caples
    - “How to Rhyme” in Concrescent
    - “Surrealism Is a Romantic Critique of the Avant-Garde from Within” in The Poetry Foundation
    - “Kerouac as Poet: A Response to Cedar Sigo” in The Poetry Foundation
    - “Two Chicagos” in The Poetry Foundation
    - “The Secret Life of Sylvia Fein” in The San Francisco Bay Guardian

  • Video
    Reading with Andrew Joron for the release of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia

    Reading three poems

  • Tuesday SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 7:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Micah Ballad.

    City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA

    Friday SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 7:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Julien Poirier.

    Folio Books, 3957 24th St., San Francisco, CA

    Friday OCTOBER 7, 2016 7:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Wendy Spacek.

    Sector 2337, 2337N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

    Saturday OCTOBER 8, 2016 7:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Craig Santos Perez.

    Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI

    Wednesday OCTOBER 19, 2016 8:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Hoa Nguyen.

    St Mark’s Poetry Project, 131 E 10th St, NYC, NY

    Sunday OCTOBER 23, 2016 6:00pm

    Garrett Caples will read with erica lewis and Gina Myers for the Philly Reading Series: Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover.

    Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, 10th St. and Fitzwater St., Philadelphia, PA

    Tuesday OCTOBER 25, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Matt Longabucco.

    GUTS at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, NYC, NY

    Wednesday OCTOBER 26, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read at the Gloucester Writers Center.

    Gloucester Writers Center, 126 E Main St, Gloucester, MA

    Tuesday DECEMBER 6, 2016 7:30pm

    Garrett Caples will read with Michael McClure.

    Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph AVE, Berkeley, CA

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