Who is TA?



Tyler Allen Penny is a queer southern poet, performer, educator, and collagist. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Narrative, West Trade ReviewCrazyhorseBest New Poets 2018, Columbia JournalThe Southampton Review, Francis House, Deep South Magazine, OF ZOOS, Fearsome Critters: A Millennial Arts JournalTypishly, and elsewhere. A finalist for Narrative’s 14th Annual Poetry Contest and for the 2021 Princemere Poetry Prize, he’s the recipient of the Joseph Kelly Prize in Creative Writing, a Distinguished Travel Award to attend the Tin House Winter Workshop, and artist residencies at Monson Arts, Taleamor Park, and the Vermont Studio Center. He’s an associate poetry editor for West Trade Review and co-host of the KGB Monday Night Poetry Series in NYC. He’s performed his poetry for the USDAC People’s State of the Union at the Parrish Art Museum, Writers Speak Wednesdays, and Poetry Street Riverhead and elsewhere. He holds a BA from the University of Mississippi and an MFA from Stony Brook University, where he taught undergraduate poetry and creative writing workshops. Throughout the east end of Long Island, NY, he also taught creative writing in schools and libraries for the Young Artists and Writers Project and the Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner Teen Writing Program. He currently teaches at Stevens Institute of Technology and Suffolk County Community College and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his cat, Lucie Brock-Broido.