Rich Ferguson


photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Rich Ferguson has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Moby, and other esteemed poets and musicians. Ferguson has been selected by the National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc. (NBPF), to serve as the State of California Beat Poet Laureate (Sept. 2020 to Sept. 2022). He is a featured performer in the film, What About Me? featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, and others. His poetry and award-winning spoken-word music videos have appeared in numerous anthologies and festivals, and he was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, L.A. He is the author of the poetry collection 8th& Agony (Punk Hostage Press) and the novel New Jersey Me (Rare Bird Books). Ferguson is the lead editor of an anthology of CA poets entitled Beat Not Beat (Moon Tide Press). His newest poetry collection, Everything Is Radiant Between the Hates, has also been released by Moon Tide.

Rich’s 2018 winning videopoem “Things About Myself and the World That I Will and Won’t Explain to My Year-Old Daughter When She’s Older” was directed by Victor Guzman.

His 2019 Honorable Mention “In the Gomorrah of Glamour and Gimme All You Can” was directed by Chris Burdick, with music by Eric Carter.

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