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’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.
His thirty-five 35-word “Fragments for the 35W Bridge” were part of a collaborative art installation on the Mississippi River in August 2012 to mark the 5th anniversary of the 35W Bridge collapse and was published on a special full page of the Star Tribune. The installation, with Swedish artist Maja Spasova, consisted of 35 oversized life rings floating near the collapse site, along with audio compositions of Minnesotans reading Todd’s poetry, available by phone.
His first libretto, Panic, a verse retelling of Knut Hamsun’s 1896 novella Pan, will premiere in Fall 2013, as an evening-length piece composed by Boston Conservatory’s Andy Vores.
Todd is a co-founding co-director of Motionpoems, the world’s leading producer of poetry films, currently collaborating with Milkweed, Graywolf, Copper Canyon, and Scribner’s Best American Poetry, among other outstanding literary publishers and institutions.
Todd lives in north suburban Saint Paul with his wife and children.
There is a burdened, struggling, imprisoned quality about much contemporary poetry from which Todd Boss seems a star-kissed escapee.
– Jack Miles