Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer and Busha Rehman are Lambda Literary Award Finalists

Major congrats, dear Tamiko and dear Bushra!


  • A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings, Eloise Klein Healy, Red Hen Press
  • Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives, Veronica Reyes, Red Hen Press/Arktoi Books
  • Chord Box, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, The University of Arkansas Press
  • The Collected Poems of Ai, Ai, W.W. Norton & Company
  • The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black, Graywolf Press
  • Proxy, R. Erica Doyle, Belladonna Collaborative
  • Rise in the Fall, Ana Bozicevic, Birds, LLC
  • She Has a Name, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Four Way Books
  • Viral, Suzanne Parker, Alice James Books
  • We Come Elemental, Tamiko Beyer, Alice James Books


  • Corona, Bushra Rehman, Sibling Rivalry Press
  • Hild: A Novel, Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • In His Secret Life, Mel Bossa, Bold Strokes Books
  • My Education, Susan Choi, Penguin Group/Viking
  • The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel, David Leavitt, Bloomsbury

For more information, please click here: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/03/06/26th-annual-lambda-literary-award-finalists-announced/

Sept. 28 Tamiko Beyer, Margaret Rhee, Truong Tran, Ocean Vuong, & Debbie Yee at Eastwind Books


Kundiman Poetry reading in the Bay to celebrate NYC poets Ocean and Tamiko and their publications! with Debbie, Margaret, and Truong!!

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/219838354842419/ 

Hosted by the Handsomest: Dan Lau

Come celebrate with us the new publications of
& Ocean's NO (YES YES BOOKS, 2013)

2066 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

Saturday, September 28 at 4:30pm


Bios Below


Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong is the author of two chapbooks: NO (YesYes Books, 2013) and BURNINGS (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010), which was an American Library Association's Over The Rainbow selection. A recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize, other honors include fellowships from Kundiman, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, as well as the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Poems appear in American Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Poetry Northwest, and The Normal School, amongst others. He lives in Queens, NY. (www.oceanvuong.tumblr.com)


Debbie Yee's poems have appeared variously, including The Best American Poetry 2009, Bateau and Fence. A Kundiman fellow and San Francisco Arts Commission grant recipient in literary arts, Debbie lives in San Francisco where she is in-house counsel for a national bank and periodically teaches writing and Gocco printmaking. She has lately returned to blogging about crafts, cooking, motherhood, and sometimes poetry at linocat.com.


Loves green tea ice cream, vegan foods, thinking about activism, dreams, and new media. Recent poems published and forthcoming at Berkeley Poetry Review, Hyphen Magazine, and Comma, Poetry. Her chapbook Yellow was published in 2011 by Tinfish Press. She is a Kundiman Fellow.


Truong Tran is a Vietnamese-American poet, visual artist, and teacher. His collection dust and consciousness (2002) won the San Francisco Poetry
Center Book Prize is the author of several collections of poetry. In 2003, he served as  Writer in Residence for Intersection for the Arts. Tran currently lives in San Francisco,where he teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and is Writer in Residence at theSan Francisco School of the Arts.


Dan Lau is a recipient of a Kundiman Fellowship, a William Dickey Fellowship, an Archie D. and Bertha Walker Scholarship from the FAWC in Provincetown,and an Individual Arts Commission grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. His poem have appeared in Generations, Cape Cod Review, CRATE, Gesture, RHINO, The Collagist.


Tamiko Beyer is the author of We Come Elemental (Alice James Books), winner of the 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award, and bough breaks  (Meritage Press). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Volta, Octopus, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.  She has received grants and fellowships from Kundiman, Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, Hedgebrook, and Washington University in St. Louis where received her M.F.A..  Currently, she is the Senior Writer at Corporate Accountability International and lives in Cambridge, MA. Find her online at tamikobeyer.com.


August 27: Tamiko Beyer, Matthew Olzmann, & Jamaal May read at Word for Word in Bryant Park

Word for Word Poetry welcomes Alice James Books
Bryant Park Reading Room
(mid-block on the 42nd Street side of Bryant Park)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
7:00pm – 8:30pm

More here: http://tamikobeyer.com/readings-and-events/ 


Tamiko Beyer spent the first ten years of her life in Tokyo, Japan, and has since lived in cities near the water on the West and East coast. She is the author of We Come Elemental (Alice James Books) and bough breaks (Meritage Press). She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis where she was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship. Beyer has received grants and fellowships from Kundiman, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and VONA/Voices. She is the Senior Writer at Corporate Accountability International in Boston.

Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and educator from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. He is the author of Hum (Alice James Books, Nov 2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth). His poems have been published widely in journals such as POETRY,Ploughshares, The Believer, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and New England Review.   

 Matthew Olzmann is a graduate of the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon ReviewNew England ReviewInchGulf CoastRattle, and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman and the Kresge Arts Foundation. 

Tamiko Beyer's "We Come Elemental" reviewed at Lamba Literary

Congrats, dear Tamiko! 

We Come Elemental
By Tamiko Beyer

"Tamiko Beyer packs a good deal of complication into We Come Elemental, her slim new book of poetry from Alice James Books. With a lean, lyrical style, Beyer asks the reader to contemplate the connection between the natural world and ourselves; how water and mud and land intersect with identity and body and politics; and whether the lines we draw are as firm as we would have ourselves believe."

To read the more, click here: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/?s=tamiko+beyer&submit