Brendan’s first poetry collection, Make Anything Whole, was published by Five Oaks Press in 2015, and his second collection, Go, was published by Aldrich Press in 2016. He has lived in and fallen in love with South Korea & Laos; he currently lives and teaches in South Florida to sate his palm tree needs.  Brendan has been a featured reader at The New American Writing Festival, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Connecticut Young Poets Day, and the Poetry Institute New Haven.  His work has been awarded the Anna Sonder Prize of the Academy of American Poets, the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize, and a Freedman Prize for poetry in performance. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Connecticut State University. His poems have appeared in Off the Coast, Connecticut Review, Mason’s Road, Anak Sastra, Lines+Stars, Cobalt Review, Wisconsin Review, LONTAR and numerous other journals. When he is not training for amateur Strongman competitions or writing and reading poems, he is probably seeking the unknowable essence of humanity.