Magus Magnus

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Magus Magnus’ work sources poetry and “the poetic” as central both to the extremes of interiority (thought, philosophy) and exteriority (performance, deed). Born in L.A. in 1967, Magnus’ privileged upbringing in Southern California did him no favors, but brought him lasting distrust of materialistic veneer and, by his teen years, charges of “malicious mischief” from the Beverly Hills cops. He lives only for love and to drink from the Enchanted Spring.

He is the author of The Re-echoes (Furniture Press Books, 2012), Idylls for a Bare Stage (twentythreebooks, 2011), Heraclitean Pride (Furniture Press Books, 2010), and Verb Sap (Narrow House, 2008). His Poets Theater work has been presented in Washington D.C., Alexandria, Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York – highlights include Boog City Poetry, Music, and Theater Festival 7.0 and 7.5 (summer 2013-winter 2014), two years in a row at Sidney Harman Hall for The Shakespeare Company’s “Happenings at the Harman,” the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, and a 5 Star, “Must-See,” “Best of the Fringe”-rated run for the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. Magnus is the Poets Theater curator for Boog City 8, summer of 2014.

Current projects include a book on the ancient Roman emperor Heliogabalus and a conceptual writing/theater piece utilizing various government documents on unmanned combat air vehicles, titled drone: poetic monologue for monotone. Magnus gives regular workshops and lectures on “Poetic Ways of Knowing” (poetry’s relation to the pre-Socratics), performance techniques of the Idyll (art of the poetic monologue), and most recently, considerations towards a prospective Canon of the Free Spirit. Several of Magnus’ poems and an Idyll appear in the latest two editions of Pearson Longman's English anthology textbook, Literature.

Magnus lives in the D.C. metro area with his wife, George Washington University epidemiologist Manya Magnus, their daughter Hero, and son Gryphon.

He has been a member for ten years of the DC Poets, a poetry community informed by "nonmainstream" poetics and connected to the three reading series and other events listed at

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