Jason Tandon

New Book News!

I am happy to announce that my fifth full-length poetry collection This Far North is now available for pre-sale from Black Lawrence Press. You can purchase a copy at a discount and help support a small press in the process. Click the cover for details, and thank you for your support!

Upcoming Reading: Amesbury Poetry Series

I will be reading next Wednesday, May 25th at the The Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury, MA, my first in-person reading in more than two years! Please see the details below, and thank you for spreading the word!

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Black Lawrence Press Poetry Sale!


During National Poetry Month, Black Lawrence Press is offering an incredibly generous 50% off all in-print poetry titles. Use code NatPoMo50 at checkout, and please consider picking up at copy of my latest collection, The Actual World. Thank you for supporting this wonderful small press!

Poetry Reading: Arts at the Armory

Arts at the ArmoryPlease join me for a poetry reading sponsored by the New England Poetry Club at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA on Sunday, March 8th. I’ll be reading from my latest collection, The Actual World. And bring a poem of your own to share!


Poem(s) of the Month

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My thanks to Terry House, editor of the Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio “Poem of the Month” series, for featuring two of my poems from my latest collection The Actual World (scroll down to February 2020). If you like what you read, consider picking up a copy!


Blacksmith House Poetry Series!

Image result for blacksmith house reading seriesIt is an honor and thrill to be reading for the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square (56 Brattle Street) on Monday, February 24th at 8 p.m. I will be reading in support of my latest poetry collection, The Actual World. Hope to see you there!


New Poem in the North American Review


Thank you to the editors of the North American Review for publishing my poem “Coyote” on their companion site, Open Space.

New Issue of Poetry East


The Fall 2019 issue of Poetry East is out with work by Ted Kooser, Gerald Stern, Maura Stanton, Michael Chitwood, Todd Davis, Marsh Muirhead, Alison Pelegrin, and many others. I am grateful to the editors for including my poems “Please Understand,” “Poem,” and “Urdhva Mukha Svanasana” among this wonderful group of contributors.

Getting to Know…

I was recently interviewed by Mass Poetry for their “Getting to Know…” series about my new book, The Actual World. If you are interested in what you read, please consider purchasing a copy!

The Actual World FINAL COVER

Newton Library Poetry Series

Newton Library 2019

Boston, Metrowest, come hear some poems at the Newton Public Library Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. And bring a few of your own! I will be reading in support of my latest collection The Actual World along with Patricia Sheppard and fellow Black Lawrence Press author Denise Bergman.

A Reading at Hawthorne’s House

Poetry in the Parlor 2019

Please join me, Kevin McLellan, and Sarah Snyder at the historic Old Manse in Concord, NH on Friday, October 4th at 7 p.m. I will be reading from my new poetry collection The Actual World. Please spread the word, and click the cover below!


BLP at the Brooklyn Book Festival

BLP Brooklyn Festival 2019

Please join me and my fellow BLP authors for a weekend at the Brooklyn Book Festival. I will be reading and signing copies in support of my latest book, The Actual World.


New Issue of The Laurel Review

The spring 2019 issue of The Laurel Review is out with poems by Sasha West, Arthur Vogelsang, Jim Daniels, David Dodd Lee, William Virgil Davis, Chris Forhan, M.A. Vizsolyi, Zach Savich, Tom Paine, Bruce Cohen, Rich Bursky, and Albert Golbarth, among many others. My thanks to the editors for including my poems “At the Office” and “Thinking about Laughter.”



I wish to thank Diane Goettel and everyone at Black Lawrence Press for believing in this book, and for all of their time and hard work publishing it. The Actual World is now available from Small Press Distribution, Amazon, Powell’s,  and other on-line retailers.

I also want to thank those of you who pre-ordered a copy and those of you who will purchase one in the future. I hope to see you at a reading soon!

Please contact me if you know of a local library or bookstore that might like to carry this title, or if you know someone interested in a review–or if you simply want to comment on the poems. I’d love to hear from you, and I very much appreciate your interest and support!

The Silver Unicorn

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I will be reading at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, MA on September 14th at 7 p.m. in support of my latest poetry collection The Actual World. I am very grateful to Paul Swyden for the hosting this event–please click the poster above to learn more about this wonderful independent bookstore. And please spread the word. I’d love to see you there!


Hollihock Writers Conference 2019

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I am honored to be a part of this year’s Hollihock Writers Conference with so many fine writers from around New England. On Saturday, August 24th I will be offering a conference session entitled, “It’s OK to Use ‘I’: Writing the Lyric Poem” from 2-2:50 p.m. followed by a reading at 3 p.m. Click the poster above for more information about readings, panels, and instructor sessions, and please help us spread the word!

The Actual World: Final Cover!

The Actual World FINAL COVER

I am incredibly grateful to Katrina Vandenberg, Maggie Dietz, Chard deNiord, Sven Birkerts, and Richard Jones for their kind words, and to Zoe Norvell at Black Lawrence Press for her wonderful design!

New Issue of Cold Mountain Review

My thanks to the editors of the Cold Mountain Review for including my poem “On the Dock” in their Spring/ Summer 2019 issue. This issue also includes poems by Wendy Barker, Brandon Krieg, R.T. Smith, and writing and artwork by many others. Click the cover above!

Poem of the Moment

Mass Poetry

My thanks to the editors and organizers of Mass Poetry for featuring my poem “At the Orchard” on “Poem of the Moment.” If you like what you read, you can pre-order a copy of my latest poetry collection, The Actual World, due out in August 2019!


New Issue of Poet Lore

The new issue of Poet Lore is out with work by Traci Brimhall, Michael Collier, Cornelius Eady, Kerry James Evans, Myronn Hardy, David Lehman, Linda Pasta, Hayden Saunier, Jane Shore, R.T. Smith, Adam Tavel, Lesley Wheeler, and Mike White. I am honored to be among this group of esteemed poets, and I wish to thank Jodi Bolz and E. Ethelbert Miller for publishing my poem “Morning Commute.”

This poem is also in my forthcoming collection, The Actual World, available for pre-order now from Black Lawrence Press.


The Actual World: Available Now!


I am so pleased and proud to announce the publication of my fourth full-length collection of poetry, The Actual World. The book will be published in August 2019, and if you are interested in pre-ordering a copy, please do so from Black Lawrence Press. We thank you for your generous support!

Salt Hill

Get your copy of Salt Hill 42 today!

Issue 42 of Salt Hill is out with new work by Lynn Domina, Saddiq Dzukogi, Kevin Phan, Liz Breazeale, and many others. My thanks to the editors for including my poem, “Poem.”

New Issue of Ploughshares

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The Winter 2018-19 issue of Ploughshares is out with new poetry by Jill Osier, Sally Ball, Ellen Bass, W.S. Di Piero, Keith Ekiss, Alice Friman, Rebecca Hazleton, Karen Skolfield, Mark Yakich, and the late Tony Hoagland.

My thanks to Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles for including my poem “Man Paddling Canoe with Dog” with this wonderful group of writers.

New Issue of Barrow Street

The Winter 2018/2019 issue of Barrow Street is out with poems by Tina Barr, Steven Kramer, Janice N. Harrington, Philip Fried, Virginia Konchan, Nina Lindsay, Martin Ott, Maya Pindyck, and Charles Rafferty.

My thanks to the Lorna Knowles Blake and her fellow editors for including my poem “Weekend Away,” dedicated to Robert Bly.

New Issue of Columbia Poetry Review


The Spring 2018 issue of Columbia Poetry Review is out with new poems by Denise Duhamel, Hoa Nguyen, Amy Gerstler, Cole Swenson, Rusty Morrison, Jennifer Moxley, Stephen Gibson, and many others. My thanks to the editorial staff for including my poem “People Talking.”

Gargoyle #68

The new issue of Gargoyle is out with work by Roy Bentley, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Dana Curtis, Jim Daniels, Mark Decarteret, Gary Fincke, Richard Jones, George Kalamaras, Elisabeth Murawski, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Adam Tavel, Michael Waters, Anne Pierson Wiese, Valerie Wohlfeld, and Adrienne Su. My thanks to Richard Peabody for including my poem “Memory.”

RHINO Poetry


The 2017 issue of RHINO is out with work by Eric Pankey, Kristina Marie Darling, Adam Day, Lola Haskins, Andrea Hollander, Michael Homolka, Rochelle Hurt, Rachel Mennies, Alison Prine, Lee Sharkey, Joyce Sutphen, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

My thanks to Ralph Hamilton and the editorial board for including my poem “April Foolishness.”

New Issue of Poetry East


The new issue of Poetry East is out with poems by Alice Friman, Dobby Gibson, Ted Kooser, Marsh Muirhead, Susan Blackwell Ramsey, and Barry Silesky. This issue also includes paintings by Caravaggio, Titian, and Bellini, along with prose pieces by Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lord Byron, and Walter Pater.

My thanks to editor Richard Jones for including my poem “In the Country.”

Robert Hedin’s At the Great Door of Morning

My review of Robert’s Hedin’s At the Great Door of Morning is up at the Harvard Review Online. If you like what you read, please click the cover to purchase a copy!

Two Poems up at AGNI Online

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Two new poems of mine are up at AGNI Online: “Having Forgotten to Put Out Fresh Towels, I Run Naked and Wet to the Bedroom” and “I Looked Up to See.”

My thanks to William Pierce and the editorial staff for their selections and kind introduction.