Brian Laidlaw is a poet, songwriter and educator from Northern California. He earned an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Stanford University, where he first began setting his poems to music; after graduating, he spent several years as a touring folksinger. He went on to earn an MFA in Poetry at the University of Minnesota, and then to join the Songwriting faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN.
In recent years, Brian’s work has appeared widely in magazines including New American Writing, The Iowa Review, Handsome, jubilat, Field, Quarter After Eight, Agni and many others. He also had poems in The Arcadia Project anthology (Ahsahta Press), lyrics in American Songwriter Magazine, and credits as a Songwriting Consultant on multiple Grammy-Award-winning and Grammy-nominated albums, most recently Saddle Up by The Okee Dokee Brothers.
Brian’s recent releases include the vinyl-LP-plus-poetry-chapbook AMORATORIUM (Paper Darts Press), the book/album THE STUNTMAN (Milkweed Editions), and the 7” vinyl single JEREMIAD (Hymie’s Vintage Records), as well as the forthcoming full-length collection THE MIRRORMAKER (Milkweed Editions, 2017).
Last fall, Brian joined the Creative Writing program at the University of Denver as a PhD candidate in poetry; his work there focuses on the relationship between poem-form and song-form. He continues to tour nationally and internationally, both solo and with his band The Family Trade.
Photographer: Colin Kopp