Bill Moran is a third-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion; has performed and taught poetry throughout the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia; and served as president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry organization in Brazos County, Texas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Button Poetry (video), Phoebe, Bird's Thumb, Next Left Press, FreezeRay Press, LUX, Alien Mouth, Pressure Gauge Press, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir.
His debut book of poetry "Oh God Get Out Get Out" is forthcoming with Write Bloody Publishing in Spring 2017. It is a collection of poems that walk through the haunted house of trauma & illness & loss, organize it, and return us to a self & world that is once again habitable.
He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is okay. Really.
“Bill Moran writes from the depths. Visceral, vulnerable and often violent - his prose like voice makes the familiar unfamiliar but some how cognizant of something you didn’t know you wanted to know. Bill's willingness to cut you off at the emotional knees with out anesthetic defies the compassion of the EMT he trained to be, but his consistent, insistent persistent rhythm hides a surgical and therapeutic precision that you somehow enjoy despite the pain his truth inflicts. Ultimately if you surrender to Moran’s medicine, he will, with every blunt twist of his accusing yet plaintive knife make you better.”
–Phil Griffin, visual artist and film maker (Amy Winehouse, “Back to Black” video
“This is a book full of fractured glass & grace & grief & praise. This is a book where the elegiac is reset into a cast and a flaming sling. This is a book where the broken bone is made to laugh before a startled & disarticulated crowd. Bill Moran’s debut collection Oh God Get Out Get Out is a startling first voyage into the unknown, you can practically hear the voice’s urgency & heart bleeding through the text. Each new poem is an ambulance filled with sage, burning toward someone else’s heaven.”
–sam sax, author of MADNESS (Penguin, 2017), winner of The National Poetry Series
"Oh God Get Out Get Out is, more than anything, a sprawling plea with sharp edges. A conversation with God about fear, geography, vices, and forgiveness. Bill Moran's ability to shake the most out of a story is evident, in Louisiana, in dive bars, in hospitals. This is a book of poems as much as it is a book of prayers. Moran, in this work, crafts deep well of healing that we can all look into and see our own faces looking back up at us. Breathless imagery, a fast-moving car that stops right before it drives you off of the cliff. Indeed, as he says: Let me go to glory in a bowling alley, Lord. Let it look like how I lived: all aesthetic."
–Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, poet and author of “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much” (Button Poetry, 2016), essayist, and cultural critic
What Bill Does
Bill Moran has had two books of poetry published, in addition to the several individual poems that have appeared in various journals. He has also written a sci-fi screenplay for which he won an award, and various critical essays on hand.
Bill tours several times a year, at roughly 30 shows annually. He is interested in multi-modal performances, and plays original music live while reading his poetry. He has performed extensively throughout US, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand– in venues ranging from Bangkok dive bars to the University of Chicago, and everything in between.
*If you'd like to book Bill for your school or show, you can reach him through the contact form at the bottom of this page*
As a two-year president of a poetry non profit, Bill ran weekly public writing workshops, and several long term poetry programs at a nearby juvenile justice center. He has also led a weekly poetry program at his local homeless shelter, and has taught a handful of English classes at Louisiana State University. While on tour, he spends his days holding generative writing and performance workshops at high schools, universities, or local community centers in whatever city he's passing through.
Outside of the literary arts, he's also an avid musician and songwriter, composing and recording his own track music for live poetry readings– and even playing music live while reading poems. His music/poetry albums can be found at his Bandcamp page here.
"good ballad singer. hold."
"Eat Your Way Out"
Courtesy of Button Poetry
Courtesy of Melbourne Spoken Word.
Courtesy of Button Poetry
If you'd like to book Bill for your poetry reading, slam, classroom, or whatever else– please drop him a line here! Make sure to leave your email and phone number, event and/or class information, potential dates, and what you have in mind.