William Reichard's sixth book, The Night Horse: New and Selected Poems, was published by Brighthorse Books in September 2018. Reichard is the author of five previous collections of poetry: Two Men Rowing Madly Toward Infinity (Broadstone Books, 2016); Sin Eater (Mid-List Press, 2010); This Brightness (Mid-List Press, 2007); How To (Mid-List Press, 2004) was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and An Alchemy in the Bones (New Rivers Press, 1999) won a MN Voices Prize. Poems from This Brightness and How To have been featured on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” He has published two chapbooks, As Breath in Winter (MIEL Books, 2015); and To Be Quietly Spoken (Frith Press, 2001) and edited The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s (Univ. of MN Press, 2001). Reichard's anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, was published by New Village Press in April 2011.
Reichard is a writer, editor, and educator, and lives in Saint Paul, MN.
Many writers seem to disappear when we're not actively promoting a new book, or posting notices about newly published work, or participating in readings. Some writers even step away from their work as writers from time to time, to focus on other creative projects.
For the last few years, I've been collaborating with composer Timothy C. Takach. He's set some of my published pieces, and commissioned new work specifically for his own compositions. Below are links to a few of these projects. So, if you're wondering what I've been doing since The Night Horse was published, give these pieces a listen. They're gorgeous.
Helios: VIII. Moon (Everything is Made of Light)
Helios: VII. Mars (Love Asleep and Waiting)
Hungry (from This is How You Love)
Insidious (from Moments in Film)