When he couldn't sleep and his sight got going he noted the colors on the back of each painting; this one forest blue, that gunpowder, one blue to make the yellow tell, and one bluer than that. Certain nights only the rain will have its say, troubling the downspout. When morning came he chose a white shirt (
Michael Teig was born and raised in 1968 in Franklin, Pennsylvania.
He holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
His first book, Big Back Yard (BOA Editions, 2003), was selected by Stephen Dobyns to receive the inaugural A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.
He is a founding editor of jubilat, a twice-yearly international poetry journal. Teig currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he works as a freelance writer and editor.