Every Fish Has Its Eye On You by David Sullivan

Art credit - Brad Gray

Art credit – Brad Gray

David Sullivan’s first book, Strong-Armed Angels, was published by Hummingbird Press, and three of its poems were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. David said, “To hear my words in his distinctive voice was exhilarating.”

Every Seed of the Pomegranate, a multi-voiced manuscript about the war in Iraq, was published by Tebot Bach. It evolved out of conversations with Sullivan’s student veterans, and how difficult it was to be listened to by their peers. Through writing this book he met quite a few Iraqis, and one wrote a blurb for the back cover, then asked Sullivan to co-translate his selected poems. A book of translation from the Arabic of Iraqi Adnan Al-Sayegh, Bombs Have Not Breakfasted Yet was published in 2013, with co-translator, Abbas Kaddim.

Black Ice, about David Sullivan’s father’s dementia and death, is forthcoming from Turning Point Press next year.

Sullivan teaches at Cabrillo College, where he edits the Porter Gulch Review with his students. Last year he had a yearlong Fulbright teaching fellowship in Xi’an, China—which is where he met Brad Gray, whose paintings inspired Sullivan to write poems, this being one of them. Gray has lived in many places, including Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Shanghai, and new resides in Xi’an. He has said: “My work often involves playing with themes evolving around the parallels which exist, the contradictions within us, the dark and light of existence, peace and violence, chaos and calm. The works are rich in symbolism reflecting aspects of my own life and issues of a wider nature.” His artwork can be found at http://www.bradgray.co.za/?m=1&idkey=516. Sullivan feels fortunate to have met this amazing artist.

Sullivan lives in Santa Cruz with his love, the historian Cherie Barkey, and their two children, Jules and Mina Barivan.

Sullivan’s trip blog is yesdasullivan.tumblr.com; his books can be found at http://davidallensullivan.weebly.com/index.html.

David Sullivan Pic

Author David Sullivan.

Brad and David, Guilin, China.

Brad and David, Guilin, China.

David, Hainan Island, China.

David, Hainan Island, China.

David, Xi'an Mountains.

David, Xi’an Mountains.

David in Madrid.

David in Madrid.


2 thoughts on “Every Fish Has Its Eye On You by David Sullivan

  1. My heart was in my mouth reading this! I enjoyed it very much and love the sample poems from ‘Every Seed of the Pomegranate’ on your website. I also enjoyed the art of Brad Gray – deliciously weird. 🙂



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