Contributor Spotlight: Brian Beatty

“Borrowed Trouble: Four Micro-Tributes” by Brian Beatty appeared in Issue 23 and can be read here.

We’d love to hear more about this set of tributes.

I’ve always read more than I’ve written. Paying homage to muses who’ve inspired me to write seemed somewhat obvious. I decided to honor only dead writers because I feared what the living might think of my efforts in their names. 

What was the most difficult part of this particular pieces?

I wanted to bring some aspect of what each writer’s work meant to me into my little poems, yet not be too imitative. 

Recommend a book for us which was published within the last decade.

How about my chapbook of micro-tributes, also titled Borrowed Trouble? It’s available online for about the price of a fancy coffee drink. 

If you could have a drink with any living author, who would it be? Why?

I’d love to sit down for a fancy coffee drink with Michael Earl Craig, to discuss horses and poetry. His work leads me to believe he’d be a humorous conversationalist. 

What are you working on now? What’s next?

After publishing four collections in five years, I’m taking a break from poetry writing. Eventually, I’m confident, something will stir my imagination enough to end this hiatus. In the meantime, I’m always reading. 

Our thanks to Brian for taking the time to answer a few questions and share his work. Read Brian’s four tributes here:


Brian Beatty has published four poetry collections: Borrowed Trouble, Dust and Stars: Miniatures (Cholla Needles Press, 2019 and 2018), Brazil, Indiana(Kelsay Books, 2017) and Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016).