Timothy Green was born in Upstate New York in 1980. A Rush Rhees and Take Five Scholar at the University of Rochester, Green studied English, biochemistry, psychology, and Eastern philosophy, and worked as a technician in the Turner Lab, supporting research on mRNA binding structures. He graduated magna cum laude in 2003, earning awards from Phi Beta Kappa, the Golden Key National Honors Society, and the Academy of American Poets.
For two years Green remained in Rochester, working as a group home counselor for adults with schizophrenia.
In early 2004, Green began a conversation with Stellasue Lee, poetry editor of RATTLE, a literary journal based in Los Angeles, which led to a long-distance part-time job as assistant to the poetry editor. Six months later he was offered the full-time position of assistant editor, and moved across the country to California.
Taking over as editor in 2006, Green introduced several innovations, including the Rattle Poetry Prize, which offers $5,000 for a single poem, the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, and the highly successful slam poetry issue (Summer 2007). Circulation has since swelled, making it one of the largest literary journals in the country. RATTLE won its first Pushcart Prize in 2007 and also had a poem reprinted in that year’s Best American Poetry anthology.
American Fractal is Timothy Green’s first book-length collection of poetry. His poems and short stories have appeared in dozens of publications, online and in print, including the Connecticut Review, Florida Review, Fugue, Gargoyle, Los Angeles Review, Mid-American Review, Nimrod International Journal, Paterson Literary Review, and Runes. Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award. An earlier version of American Fractal was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, and won the Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award from the University of Southern California, from which he will graduate with a Masters in professional writing in 2009.
Green lives in Los Angeles with his wife, poet Megan Green.
Publication Date: February 15, 2009
Each portion forming a reduced-size copy of the whole, a fractal is forever fragmented, both chaotic and ordered, endlessly complex. Timothy Green’s American Fractal sees this pattern emerge from the fabric of modern culture, as it navigates the personal, the political, and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the facade of order–where “what looks like / a river…could be a log,” “as if accident were / the fundamental attribute of life.” In separate poems, one man sells ad space on his forehead, while another examines the multitudes of his own voice on an audio cassette recorder. Each life is but another section of the fractal, the past and the future two mirrors that face each other to perpetuate the illusion of infinites. At turns evocative and sweetly ironic, Green straddles the line between accessibility and complexity, exploring “how the wind whispers our secrets,” how “that little tremor” of understanding “touches your sleeve, lets go.”