C Dylan Bassett is the author of The Invention of Monsters / Plays for the Theatre (Plays Inverse Press 2014) and five additional chapbooks. His poems have appeared in journals such as Black Warrior Review, Columbia, Diagram, and Salt Hill. He is teaching fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
"This is a splendid first collection. C Dylan Bassett is a poet given, through peril and through candor to keen instruction. Taking note of each precipice (the eye is a precipice), mapping the edge of every observation, he parses a world. The world is ours."
— Donald Revell
"C Dylan Bassett has written us a marvelous and wrenching debut collection of poems--The Unpainted Shore unflinchingly traces the surreal interiority of post-loss, its indignities and necessities, implicating us in its heartbroken wonder. "Stillness expanding like an intruder entering / the room. It lies at the foot of the stairs, / fluent in hook and spoon." These poems are beautifully strange and tender. They labor faithfully to interrogate and dismantle the solitude of memory, "a deer stepping out of its skin," an undoing not to be missed. How lucky we are to have this book."
— Wendy Xu