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 been widely anthologized, 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’s newest poetry collection, Everything Is Radiant Between the Hates, will be published in January 2021 by Moon Tide Press.

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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