Garrett Caples is the author of Power Ballads (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 blogcitylights.com. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in San Francisco.
(Photo by Jeff Mellin)
[The Garrett Caples Reader] displays genuine intellectual engagement along with its playful exuberance, making for a most winning combination.
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...
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
Quintessence of the Minor
- "Tratatus" (on Bear Books)
- “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
- “Homage to Ralph Nader” in The Brooklyn Rail
Reading with Andrew Joron for the release of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia:
Reading three poems:
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
Friday NOVEMBER 4, 2016 7:30pm
Garrett Caples will read with C.S. Giscombe and Jennifer Kronovet.
Studio One, 365 45th Street, Oakland, CA
Tuesday DECEMBER 6, 2016 7:30pm
Garrett Caples will read with Michael McClure.
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph AVE, Berkeley, CA