New projects committee, 2018.

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Midwestern Mini-Reading Tour, December 2017

Iowa City and Twin Cities friends: I’ll be reading from my book “Phantom Laundry” at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on Friday, December 1st and at SubText Books in St. Paul on Saturday, December 2nd. Please join me if you can.

Prairie Lights reading with Alessandra Lynch

Link to Subtext coming soon. I’m proud to be reading at my alma mater–the Iowa Writers’ Workshop–and at the awesome indie bookstore SubText!


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Please take a moment to check out my books.


My book of prose poetry, Phantom Laundry, is now available for purchase: OR directly from the publisher:

“One of the most important roles that poetry serves in any culture is the reinvigoration of language. This is partly why poetry is so vital and why human beings are still reading poems in 2017 when there are so many other forms of entertainment available to us. We need this reinvigoration, we thirst for it. Without it, we are left chewing on the same dull phrases we grew up with, as if they were sticks of gum that long ago lost their insightful zest. In his latest book, Phantom Laundry, Michael Tyrell bravely attempts to reinvent our vernacular in a diverse collection haunted by the absurdity of modern American life. Phantom Laundry is comprised of three sections, all of them written in prose. The first two sections are filled with prose poems and the final section is a work of fiction.”–Benjamin Schmitt, At the Inkwell


Earlier books: The Wanted (a collection of poems) Purchase here: OR directly from the publisher:

“In Michael Tyrell’s The Wanted, the images, techniques, and preoccupations of film noir permeate many of the poems. There are references to crime scenes, acts of real and imagined violence, missing children, lie detectors, forgeries, guns, exit wounds, and much more. In “The Supporting Character,” the poet writes, “The narration’s unreliable./…I’m a subplot about to unfold.” All of this for good reason since Tyrell’s subject is essentially the unfathomability of identity and selfhood-a mystery to be slowly puzzled at, unraveled, exposed. Ultimately, the poet’s evasions are the evasions and uncertainties we experience in our everyday lives, both with ourselves and with other people. The Wanted is a strange, disquieting book that serious readers will keep returning to as they plumb the many levels of these resonant, mysterious poems. –Elizabeth Spires

Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (anthology co-edited with Julia Spicher Kasdorf) Purchase here: OR directly from the publisher:

“In the excellent and surprising anthology Broken Land, poets and editors Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Michael Tyrell take a chronological and panoramic look at the New York borough of Brooklyn as portrayed in poems.” —Publishers Weekly



Poems published in anthologies:

Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Edited by Jason Koo and Joe Pan: 

The Best American Poetry 2015, Edited by Sherman Alexie and David Lehman:

The Traveler’s Vade Mecum, Edited by Helen Klein Ross:


Upcoming Readings and Performances: Brooklyn and London, Brighton

May 2017

READING: May 27th, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

Alien God closing reception

Gallery Petite, 114 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY

“Poet Michael Tyrell curates a reading fit for an Alien God.

Come hear the trippy sounds of Roarke Menzies, in outer-space.

Soundscapes of our world by Nova the Wraith heard through the ears of our ancestral, alien gods.

And space out on the live, psychedelic imagery created by Valeria Divinorum.

Artists: Roxanne Jackson, Andy Diaz Hope, Gazoo “To The Moon”, MP Landis, Sonomi Kobayashi,

Ryan Michael Ford, Dasha Basanova, Giamo, Matta Tripoli, Amunet Shah, Gina Ruggeri, Cordy Ryman

READING: MAY 31ST, 2017: Kill Genre
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
8 p.m. 

“Kill Genre is a quarterly reading series based in New York, NY. The first series of its kind, it showcases groundbreaking works that push the boundaries of form and flirt dangerously with hybridity, integrates musical performance, and includes the audience in innovative ways. Kill Genre is curated by Matthew Daddona, Caroline Hagood, and Matt Petronzio and hosted by Le Poisson Rouge.

Come see the best and most original writers in New York brandish their skills in other genres—from fiction to essays to memoir to more experimental forms—because, when it comes to genre, it’s kill or be killed.”


Amanda Calderon
Rachel Lyon
Michael Tyrell
and the music of Pete Mancini


June 2017:

READING JUNE 12th, 7 p.m.: Spoonbill and Sugartown,

Spoonbill’s Studio

99 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn NY

Poetry 99 Monday

with Denver Butson, Stu Watson, Sarah Jean Grimm, AND Michael Tyrell

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers presents an excellent night of stellar poets and poetic camraderie at Spoonbill’s Studio. Featuring Stu Watson,Denver Butson, Sarah Jean Grimm, Candace Williams, Michael Tyrell
Hosted by JC Hopkins – Wine and Commiseration”


London and Brighton, UK Poetry Readings and Appearances, June 2017:

17th at Blacks club in Soho

20th at Yurt Cafe reading with Jerusha Green

21st Poetry Cafe****

22nd Library****

Brighton – 

Rose Hill, England

24th Artista Speakeasy

27th Sweet Dukebox Theatre


from the Phantom Laundry book jacket:

“Wet and cold my country, where the softener seeps in but the powder burns still in washing tone.” Through prose poems, found-verse collages, fractured short stories, and micro-fictions, Michael Tyrell’s Phantom Laundry reveals an America caught in a ferocious cycle–fixed on apocalyptic omens and numbed by reruns and reality TV, but still inexorably drawn to the possibility of redemption and recovered purity: “Clean now, never been so clean. God died a useful thing.” Running the gamut between fairy-tale characters and infamous killers, Hollywood icons and urban legends, Phantom Laundry also considers how the seemingly ordinary, apparently desolate life might be momentarily renewed thanks to the playful miracles of language: “What tenderness in smoothing over the delicacies, overalls and overnothing arguments.” With this, his second collection, Tyrell continues to make a name for himself as a strikingly original poet whose work blends comic word-play with haunting gravitas.

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