Alan Britt is the author of 18 books of poetry, his latest being Gunpowder for Single-ball Poems. Besides nature, his themes encompass the bizarre, the paradoxical, and the metaphysical. Britt’s book Vermillion (2005) is particularly saturated with garden and nature poems. He also writes numerous dog and cat poems, as he feels these animals have much to teach us, connecting the human to the natural world. Bird songs are another pervasive poetic inspiration for Britt. Besides poetry, he has published essays, flash fiction, and interviews.
Britt has been nominated for the 2021 International Janus Pannonius Prize awarded by the Hungarian Centre of PEN International for excellence in poetry from any part of the world. Previous nominated recipients include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bernstein and Yves Bonnefoy. He served as judge for the 2018 The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award and was interviewed at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem. He also was the art agent for the late great Ultra Violet, a colleague of Andy Warhol and superstar pop artist. Britt often read poetry at her Chelsea, New York studio. Alan Britt teaches English and Creative Writing at Towson University.
Poetry & Planet is produced by Ethan Goffman. “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats is read by Michael Oliver. Musical excerpts from “Elements of Life” and “Earth Revisited” are written and performed by Reginald Cyntje, with vocals by Christie Dashiell. Aural interludes are by Douglas Harvey.
The opening poetry chorus is voiced by Jomo K. Johnson, Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Marianne Szlyk, and R. Michael Oliver.