Steven Reigns

the subject changes to other topics of the living.
—from poem Employment


West Hollywood’s Inaugural Poet Laureate.

Steven Reigns is a poet, educator and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. Alongside over a dozen chapbooks, he has edited four anthologies, and authored the collections Inheritance and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat.

Reigns created the first-ever autobiographical poetry workshop for LGBT seniors, lectured and taught workshops around the country to queer youth and people living with HIV. He is touring The Gay Rub, an exhibition of rubbings from LGBT landmarks, facilitates the monthly Lambda Lit Book Club, and is at work on a new collection of poetry. More info available HERE.


Truth is not only stranger than fiction; I think it’s more interesting.”

-- Steven Reigns


Accolades for Steven Reigns:

Poems that blister and smoke as they announce his arrival

—Wanda Coleman

Alert to his times and the textures of the lives around him, a community observed with tenderness, wit and pleasure.

-- Mark Doty

Queer poetics so precise and deft it leaves the reader almost singed by how close to the mark the words flare.

—Tim Miller 

...A gay life lived with pleasure and bitterness and companionability…. bursting full of relationships”.

--Eileen Myles


For appearances, workshops, editing, and interviews, please contact Steven:

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