ABOUT

TODD BOSS GREW UP ON AN 80-ACRE CATTLE FARM IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN, WHERE HE HELPED HIS PARENTS IN GARDEN,PASTURE, FIELD, AND FOREST.

Todd Boss’s 2008 poetry debut, Yellowrocket was followed by Pitch in  2012. Both are now available in paperback from W. W. Norton & Co wherever books are sold.

 

Todd’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The London Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Best American Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review, which called Yellowrocket “one of the year’s 10 best poetry books” and awarded Todd the Emily Clark Balch Prize. Yellowrocket was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Midwest Booksellers’ Honor Book for Poetry. Pitch was also a Minnesota Book Award finalist and won the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award.

 

“Boss’s poems generate their own rambunctious music and remind us that ‘yes, miracles happen.’” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

In 2012, Todd anchored 35 oversized life rings in the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis to mark of the 5th anniversary of the 35W Bridge collapse. He paired the month-long installation with 35 poems that appeared in the Star Tribune on opening day. The project was a collaboration with Swedish artist Maja Spasova.

 

Todd’s second public art installation, a monumental poetry film projection onto the entire block-wide facade of Saint Paul’s historic Union Depot, will debut in October 2014.

 

Todd’s first libretto, Panic, a verse retelling of Knut Hamsun’s 1896 novella Pan, premiered in Spring 2014 as an evening-length piece composed by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores. Besides other music collaborations, he collaborates on choral texts frequently with award-winning composer Jake Runestad.

 

Todd is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of Motionpoems, the world’s only poetry film company, currently collaborating with Milkweed, Graywolf, Copper Canyon, and Scribner’s Best American Poetry, among other outstanding literary publishers and institutions. Motionpoems’ annual seasons of 12-15 films premiere annually at the Walker Art Center.

 

Todd lives in Minneapolis where he teaches at the Loft Literary Center and serves on the board of directors of Ten Thousand Things Theater Company.