has an MFA from Rutgers, where he was a Truman Capote Literary Trust fellow. His mentors have included the poets Rachel Hadas, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Rigoberto González.
Tagg's first book, a collection of poems entitled Animal Virtue, was published by WordTech Editions, an imprint of WordTech Communications, in March 2018.
-Cecil College (1 Seahawk Dr, North East, MD 21901), 3/26/18 (time/building TBA soon)
-The Turning Wheel reading series, DogStar Books (401 W Lemon St, Lancaster, PA 17603), 7 p.m. on 5/10/18
-Town Square Coffee House (125 Central Ave NE, Orange City, IA 51041), summer 2018 (date/time TBA soon)
-Lancaster Poetry Exchange reading series, Barnes & Noble (1700 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601), 7:30 p.m. in Oct. 2018 or Jan. 2019 (date TBA soon)
“The charm of Nathanael Tagg’s Animal Virtue comes from its confident, unpretentious expression of curiosity about language and nature, its insights into everyday coincidences and encounters, and the daring to navigate the rocky waters between science and religion. His poems speak eloquently—and humorously—about the human impulse to search for greater meaning and connection. An exceptional debut!”—Rigoberto González
“‘No, you need not give me a script,’ writes Nathanael Tagg. No indeed. Animal Virtue brims over with curiosity, observation, and sheer knowledge, whether of literature, art, or the animal kingdom; the resulting script is no one’s but his own. Urbane and controlled, his poems still seethe with restless wit.”—Rachel Hadas
His poems and reviews are published or forthcoming in Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, The Pleiades Book Review, The Journal, Chariton Review, Evansville Review, Terrain, Sonora Review, Unsplendid, Arts & Letters, The Pinch, The Review Review, Inertia, The Midwest Quarterly, Hawk & Handsaw: Journal of Creative Sustainability, Cold Mountain Review, The Raintown Review, and other magazines.
His poetry uses animal imagery, humor, biblical allusions, literary references, and various poetic forms to explore the challenges of living well in times of personal, political, existential, and environmental troubles. Among his influences are the poets Emily Dickinson, Thomas Lux, Carl Dennis, and Sherman Alexie.
A full-time associate professor of English at Cecil College in Maryland, he teaches Composition, Introduction to Literature, World Literature, and Creative Writing. He has taught at Rutgers and the University of Nebraska and has lived in Webster City, IA, his hometown; Jersey City, NJ; and Iowa City, IA. He now lives with his wife in downtown Lancaster, PA.
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