Brian Michael Tracy was born, raised and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his BA from Stonehill College and his Master’s Degree from the Harvard University School of Design. His work has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Plainsongs, California Quarterly, Depth Insights, Yogi Times, and on spoken word radio programs throughout the United States and Canada including stations KPFK in Los Angeles and CIUT in Toronto.
Tracy is the author of three books of poetry Driving With Dante (Conflux Press 2007), The Distance Between Shores (Conflux Press 2009), and Opaque Traveler: A Dream Sequence in Verse (Tebot Bach 2012). He has also released three critically acclaimed CD’s of music and poetry, Midnight Tea (2007), Blackbird Ballads (2009), and The Mystical Prism of Being (2016).
Brian has performed his poetry at a variety of venues throughout California including the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Beyond Baroque, the Ruskin Art Club, the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and the West Hollywood Book Fair. He served on the Board of Directors and was a member of the Executive Committee for Tebot Bach, a non-profit poetry foundation based in Southern California from 2009 through 2011.
In addition to music informing his life and work, Brian also credits yoga and meditation for his poetry career, noting “In 2004 at the suggestion of my wife to help cure an ailing back I started practicing yoga. Soon thereafter I began meditating. I immersed myself in these practices as I immediately felt at home with them. In late 2005 I experienced what is referred to in yoga as a samadhi, a Sanskrit word for awakening.”
He adds, “It is a very private experience and yet one with very public implications if one cares to do something about it — if one cares to return with purpose. It is an earthquake with numerous aftershocks.” Continuing, “In the years since my samadhi I have produced three books of poetry and three CD’s of music and poetry and have been fortunate enough to have these books and CD’s find an audience. My awakening has changed my life and opened me up to an even greater passion for my craft.”
“Brian writes with a particular vividness, in a voice that is flexible and carries with it a range of expression. There is a wonderful surface texture to all his poetry. It is not the kind of poetry you read and ask ‘what does that mean?’ You understand it, but at the same time it has depth. So if you are willing you can sink down into the poem and see what is at the bottom of his mind; and, what is at the bottom of your mind, too.”
-- Richard Modiano, Executive Director, Beyond Baroque Literary Center