Tandon’s keen eye and idiosyncratic ear… combine to create a poetry with its own quiet urgency.
Tandon practices the aesthetics of the afterthought … finding the exact point at which a recognition or delayed perception enacts a shift, and the seeming ordinary suddenly feels numinous.
Jason Tandon is loyal to one of the poet’s primary obligations: to make us see the world fresh, as if for the first time.
Born in Hartford, CT in 1975, Jason Tandon is the author of four collections of poetry: The Actual World (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2019), Quality of Life (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt, winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), and Wee Hour Martyrdom (sunnyoutside, 2008).
His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, Columbia Poetry Review, Esquire, AGNI Online, Passages North, Poetry East, Poetry International, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry. His poems have also been featured on Verse Daily and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.
He earned a BA and MA in English from Middlebury College and an MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Charles Simic. He is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.