Popular Music (Black Ocean) is my debut collection of poetry and essays about art, populism, messages and singing. It was named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2016 by Entropy Magazine and the Chicago Review of Books.

Popular Music is available for purchase here, as well as from Black Ocean, Small Press Distribution, Powell’s Books, and Amazon.

Selected press:

Popular Music is both a love letter to music—how it accents, affects, and defines us through varying stages of our lives—and a hilarious and heart-breaking investigation of our relationship to technology, nature, and country. This book is in a class of its own and is simply unforgettable.” — Chicago Review of Books, Best Poetry 2016

“[Popular Music is] a brilliantly sun-dappled lyric poetry that makes me feel like some kind of Peter Thiel-ish vampire, feasting on the young blood that courses through its pages.” — Dustin Kurtz, Catapult

From the publisher: “A meditation on messages, Popular Music asks: how does art make itself heard? The poems of Kelly Schirmann’s debut full-length collection offer a unique voice, investigating the spaces between—between the singer and the audience; the lyrics and the message. Like a pop song, these poems encourage and distract, inviting the reader and listener in, wanting to tell you things that seem intimate, while telling them to everyone. They want to know: is anyone listening? And reader, we hope you are.”



Boyfriend Mountain is a split poetry collaboration, a conversation about lust and nature the human experience by Kelly Schirmann and Tyler Brewington. This book, originally published as part of Poor Claudia’s Signature Series, is equal parts investigation and confessional.

This book is no longer in print.

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Selected praise:

“Reading Tyler Brewington & Kelly Schirmann’s split-book Boyfriend Mountain is like the best sleepover ever, that late-night freakout time when the real gets giddy & Truth-or-Dare demands only truth, more truth & forever truth. The two individually written halves of the book use the same title, Boyfriend Mountain, & as Brewington collects moments of attention & knotting & scattering into a disjunctive & projective wisdom, Schirmann deals & redeals the cards of her experiences, not to compete but to show how each hand can be tragic & beautiful. Both poets work in a confessionalism that owes as much to Adrienne Rich & O'Hara as it does to Catullus & entwined within one spine these two demonstrate the permeability of our experiences & relationships, how we climb & fall off these cliffs of love & fear & bodies & joy.” — Mathias Svalina, author of The Wine-Dark Sea

"Boyfriend Mountain is a book where falling in love also means confronting your own mortality. It's a place where the joy of domesticity and the wrath of the apocalypse are part of the same thought. Where boyfriends aren't really boyfriends, but the idea of what a boyfriend might represent.” — Joshua James Amberson, The Portland Mercury