Timothy Liu's previous books of poems include Vox Angelica (Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award), Say Goodnight (PEN/Open Book Beyond Margins Award) and Of Thee I Sing (a Publishers Weekly Book-of-the-Year). Translated into over a dozen languages, his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review, Washington Post Book World and The Yale Review. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. A reader of occult esoterica, he lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.
"Liu is particularly skilled in a postmodern, deadpan delivery of the toughest news about the interconnections between flesh and spirit, longing and desire.” - Choice
Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse
"Timothy Liu is too often reduced to being a poet of sexual audacity. He is audacious, but perhaps in his baroque architecture, his fluency, his intricacy, and his unwillingness to reduce himself by dogma or theory or design. I love his growing, growling work, and his violent soft hints about the whole body politic in progressive zooms. But the permanent, complicated delight is Liu's poetry itself: uncontrollable melancholy and music." - David Shapiro
Kingdom Come: A Fantasia
"Kingdom Come is a big, imaginative feast for the senses, wry with humor and sizzling with sexuality. Liu's immersive style, each sentence a bracing plunge into a liquefied language, a lake, has only deepened and clarified since the early poems that made his name, and the four sequences of Kingdom Come show him at the very peak of his form." - Kevin Killian
Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry
Edited by Timothy Liu
This formidable anthology covers a vast range of work by twentieth-century gay American poets. Arranged in order of the poets' birthdays, so that the book shades gradually from older luminaries of the poetry scene to bright newcomers, the work here forms a sparkling composite picture of gay poetic sensibility in the U.S. Including Ashbery, Auden, Brainard, Bronk, Duncan, Denby, Doty, Elmslie, Ginsberg, Gunn, Killian, Koestenbaum, Lansing, Mead, Merrill, O'Hara, Phillips, Schuyler, Shurin, Spicer, Wieners, and Williams.