C. A. Conrad

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C. A. Conrad

C. A. Conrad is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, The Book of Frank. A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, they also conduct workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics.[1]


Conrad is known for using and inventing the poetic form of "[Soma]tics."[2] This form is a sort of writing prompt/personal exercise in being engaged in the present moment.


  • Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006) ISBN 9781932360875, OCLC 57506566
  • Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009) ISBN 9781593762438, OCLC 276339539
  • The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010/Chax Press, 2009) ISBN 9781933517490, OCLC 645248360
  • The City Real & Imagined (with Frank Sherlock) (Factory School Books, 2010)
  • A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books, 2012) ISBN 9781933517599, OCLC 752471228
  • Ecodeviance : (soma)tics for the future wilderness (Wave Books, 2014) ISBN 9781940696010, OCLC 956321378
  • PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (were you high when you said this?) (Worms Press, 2014)
  • While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017). ISBN 9781940696553, OCLC 962409884

Early life[edit]

In 1998 Conrad's boyfriend, Mark Holmes (AKA Earth) was murdered in Tennessee.[3][4]

Conrad was bullied as a child and stated in the feature documentary, The Book of Conrad, "People called me ‘faggot’ more than they called me my name.”[4]


  1. ^ "CAConrad". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 2018-01-07. Retrieved 2018-01-07.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Somatic Exercises" (PDF). U Penn.
  3. ^ "I Loved Earth Years Ago - PEN America". pen.org. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  4. ^ a b "The Ritualized Anger of a Queer Poet". Hyperallergic. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

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