Timothy Green was born in Upstate New York in 1980. A Rush Rhees and Take Five Scholar at the University of Rochester, Green studied English, biochemistry, psychology, and eastern philosophy, and worked as a technician in the Turner Lab, supporting research on mRNA binding structures. He graduated magna cum laude in 2003, earning awards from Phi Beta Kappa, the Golden Key National Honors Society, and the Academy of American Poets.

For two years Green remained in Rochester, working as a group home counselor for adults with schizophrenia.

In early 2004, Green began a conversation with Stellasue Lee, poetry editor of RATTLE, a literary journal based in Los Angeles, which led to a long-distance, part-time job as assistant to the poetry editor. Six months later he was offered the full-time position of assistant editor, and moved across the country to California.

Taking over as editor in 2006, Green introduced several innovations, including the Rattle Poetry Prize, which offers $5,000 for a single poem, the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, and the highly successful slam poetry issue (Summer 2007). Circulation has since swelled, making it one of the largest literary journals in the country. RATTLE won its first Pushcart Prize in 2007, and also had a poem reprinted in that year’s Best American Poetry anthology.

American Fractal is Timothy Green’s first book-length collection of poetry. His poems and short stories have appeared in dozens of publications, online and in print, including The Connecticut Review, Florida Review, Fugue, Gargoyle, Los Angeles Review, Mid-American Review, Nimrod International Journal, Paterson Literary Review, and Runes. Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award. An earlier version of American Fractal was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, and won the Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award from the University of Southern California, from which he graduated with a Masters in Professional Writing in 2009.

Green lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the poet Megan Green, and their daughter, Josephina.






Essays and Reviews

  • “Making Rattle Rattle,” Café Review, forthcoming, Winter 2009
  • “The Poetic Gimmick: Matthea Harvey’s Abecedarianism,” Easy Tiger, Fall 2008
  • “Buried in Ash: At the Drive-in Volcano,” Los Angeles Review, Fall 2008
  • “Like an Inside Joke at the Comedy Club: Public vs. Private Poetry,” Byline Magazine, October 2007

Lectures and Workshops

  • "The Game of Getting Published," Santa Barbara Writers' Workshop, August 2010S
  • “Poetry and the Subconscious,” RochesterInk Poetry Festival, October 2007
  • “Building the Editor’s Desk,” Writers & Books, October 2007
  • “A Writing Life,” SUNY Binghamton, October 2007
  • “Poetry Editing for Editors,” Rochester Institute of Technology, October 2007




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