Tom Kirlin has won the Larry Neal Award for Poetry, a grant from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for post-doctoral studies at Yale University. Kirlin also taught briefly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving to Washington, D.C., where he worked for several decades on energy, environment, science and technology policy issues. He participated as an NGO in UN climate negotiations that led to the Kyoto Protocols. He later served as Vice President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and there helped edit a non-partisan Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: Seventy-Six Case Studies in Presidential Leadership.
“AFTER THE EYE HAS EATEN” includes art by Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of Maryland and host of the long- standing, Library-of-Congress program, “The Poet and The Poem.”
From the bloody halls of Paris to the mystery of an unborn child, Kirlin is a keen observer of life’s tragedies and ambiguities. But in the end, his moral courage and certainty lift us up, and make poetry, once again, worthwhile.
Poets’ Choice is honored to have him among our stable of fine American spirits.