Andrew Weatherhead

Andrew Weatherhead was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives in Glens Falls, New York. He is the author of four books of poetry – Fudge (Publishing Genius, 2023), $50,000 (Publishing Genius, 2020), TODD (Monster House Press, 2018), and Cats and Dogs (Scrambler Books, 2014).

www.AndrewWeatherhead.com

Andrew James Weatherhead uses a succession of facts and musings to render the emotional economics of being a creative. The use of white space creates a rhythm to each pondered line, allowing Weatherhead to deftly bob and weave between topics long enough for the sum of the poem’s effect to hit like a knockout blow. “
—Publishers Weekly

Fudge Events

November 1: Baltimore, MD | November 9: Secret Pre-order Online Party (Zoom) | November 10: Misery Loves Company (Zoom) | November 18: Black Walnut Books (Glens Falls, NY) | November 21: Online Launch Party (Zoom) | January 17: ADK Center for Writing (Saranac Lake, NY) | March 30: Salon Salvage (Troy, NY) | April 10: Northshire Books (Saratoga Springs, NY)

cover art by Zack Rosebrugh

“There were other stories, but they aren’t right,” Andrew Weatherhead writes in Fudge, a collection of minimalist long poems that find holy the tedium and calamity that shapes our lives. Wandering around a hollowed city, looking for a lost feeling like a key that will unlock the secret of self, only to be put on hold while a coup unfolds on television—these poems make the strangeness of life feel valid, in all of its violent contradiction.

Terse, funny, stupid, stupid-brilliant

“Andrew Weatherhead’s tasty, bite size poems capture the flavor of contemporary life in a way most poetry doesn’t. I can’t think of anyone else who could make a poem about a four hour wait ‘On Hold with NBA League Pass Customer Support’ so thoroughly entertaining. His voice deftly balances breezy with barbed. This is a poetry for a world where “You can’t trust the leaders/ And you can’t trust the followers” – and where, ‘Art beats Nature, every time.’” —Elaine Equi, author of The Intangibles

“Uncannily potent for how restrained. My favorite working poet.” —Sean Thor Conroe, author of Fuccboi

“Here are poems of dailiness, poems as dalliance, poems to remind you of the ways you’re waiting without claiming to be or even know that thing you’re waiting for. They’re perfect.” —Kyle Beachy, author of The Most Fun Thing

“Deft and giddy. Like light through a prism, Fudge renders life in splintering color. I wish I had a pair of glasses that outlines the details that Andrew Weatherhead sees.” —Nicolette Polek, author of Imaginary Museums

“Hey, what is attention? In Andrew Weatherhead’s work, attention blows the whistle on its own habit of gerrymandering what does and doesn’t escape notice. Attention might be able to attend to its own absence, might see its own shadow, and a lot of unreclaimed human truth blunders through in moments of distraction, boredom, clumsiness of mind. The poor customer service might actually be coming from inside the house! And for me, “Last Poem” might as well be everyone’s. Give it (this terse, funny, stupid, stupid-brilliant work) a go!” —Jon Woodward, author of Uncanny Valley, Rain, and Mister Goodbye Easter Island

cover art by ROBYN O’NEIL

$50,000 is a long poem that allows Andrew Weatherhead the space to search everything—his cubicle, his relationships with coworkers and friends, and the worlds found in literature, sports, economics, and history—for something more meaningful than mere facts. What arises in these 116 pages is the pure drama of life: the unrelenting passage of time, the inevitable need to make a living, and the foreboding beauty of numbers, names, and friendship. In hundreds of standalone lines that align with Mike Tyson’s peek-a-boo style, this long poem moves like prose but sticks with all the weight and heft of poetry.

Humor, history, horror, and hope

“An aphoristic meditation collaging ‘facts’ with impressions, images, memories, quotations, passing feelings, $50,000 is one of those poems that could go on eternally—reading it feels like a kind of practice. A soothing book about language, loneliness, uncertainty and the banal rhythms of existence.” —Elisa Gabbert, author of The Word Pretty

“Humor, history, horror, and hope take flight in these fragments, evoking the tension between the completion and incompletion of reality.” —Mark Leidner, author of Returning the Sword to the Stone

More Praise for Andrew Weatherhead

I Love the Way He Sees the World

“I’ve long thought of Weatherhead as one of my favorite writer’s writer’s writers, which by that I mean I love the way he sees the world. Through an array of styles and tones that together tread that nebulously majestic area between imagination and emotion, humor and reflection, fact and hope, Cats and Dogs bears evidence of a voice that came prepared for anything, and one that makes the world more bearable by simply knowing it exists.”

—Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000

Mad Hops

“These are beautiful poems because they’re true. Andrew James Weatherhead writes poems that mock, exalt, and describe, sometimes all in the same poem—they take amazing leaps, but you never feel that the ground has shifted under your feet. His voice very calmly tells you what you didn’t think you needed to know.”

—Matthew Rohrer, author of Surrounded by Friends

100% Truth

“Weatherhead is a scientist of Eerie Truths, and his second collection is the resonant formula we need: precise interrogations of every word and every seemingly simple image—’each moment stings,’ it warns us. In Weatherhead’s poems, not just art but phenomenology hinges on these keys—image and word—and the meditative space left for us around them becomes a brutal mirror. This book is part machine, part magic, 100% truth.”

—Molly Brodak, author of Bandit

Serious About Our Current Times

Todd is one of my favorite new books by one of my favorite writers. Endlessly inventive, full of stunning lines, and somehow playful while being deadly serious about our current times. I didn’t want it to end.”

—Shane Jones, author of Vincent and Alice and Alice