"A writer with talent, instinct, and profound courage. T. Zachary Cotler's books have a permanent place in my library."
T. Zachary Cotler
Theodore Zachary Cotler was born in 1981 and spent his childhood in Marin County. He received a B.A. in English from Cornell University in 2003 and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2008. His first book of poems, House with a Dark Sky Roof, was published by Salt in 2011. His second, Sonnets to the Humans, won the Sawtooth Prize and was published by Ahsahta in 2013. His awards include the Amy Clampitt Residency and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He’s a founding editor of The Winter Anthology.
—Simon Van Booy, author of The Illusion of Separateness
"...[the] novel is addressed to the sister, in second person, casting the reader as a voyeur. Or is it really the reader who is addressed, cast as the sister, to whom the poet addresses his interior missives? Cotler stays one step ahead: “Art, I guess, can unintentionally insult the viewer by presuming to include him.”
A beautiful, disturbing portrait of an artist."
"T. Zachary Cotler's new novel Ghost at the Loom is very good -- almost. But I qualify the "almost" because Ghost at the Loom makes me want to read everything else Cotler has written and everything he will write...
I see line breaks after “want,” “runways,” “cracked,” “language,” “me,” “lurker,” “walks,” and “imagine.” I see the ghosts of line breaks all over Ghost at the Loom. Its language often dazzles the way poems might if I did not take their poetry for granted.
I will not draw conclusions about the task of being both the poet and his tampering editor, the wayward protégé and his benefactor. How good it is to read a strange and ambitious new book! Never mind my dim doubts, Mr. Cotler, and please give me more."