Chasers of the Light : Poems from the Typewriter Series
About the book
The epic made simple. The miracle in the mundane. One day, while browsing an antique store in Helena, Montana, photographer Tyler Knott Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything. He fell in love. Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Tyler is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method. Chasers of the Light features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded pieces of work-poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
"A collection of poems that evoke consistent inspiration and lasting resonance." -Literary Inklings "Your heart will be stoked." -Christina Perri, singer/songwriter "Gregson is clearly a romantic... His words slip past the defenses of even the most bitter, with boarded-up hearts and cynical minds, reminding readers why we love, yearn for connection, and bare our souls." -The Hiding Spot "Like many people I know, I fell in love with Tyler Knott Gregson's poetry via Instagram. Maybe it's the allure of his Typewriter Series (awesome poems and quotes typed on vintage-looking parchment paper) or the fact that he posts just about every day so people always have something to see, but in the end I think it's his raw talent for striking the chords of emotion within us that keep us coming back" -The Blonde Vegan "His Haikus inspire in their simplicity because it has become rare to find beauty in the mundane. His poems are capturing in their tone and in the way he utilizes his words. His photography is simply breathtaking, to say the least." -The Society Cynic "There are writers and poets who just get it. Then, there are writers and poets who are so on point, you have no choice but to feel like maybe they've been reading your diary. If you're an avid Tumblr user, or just a fan of knowing you're not alone, you might be familiar with the work of Tyler Knott Gregson. Not only is Gregson a well-versed poet (pun intended) but he's also an incredible artist, photographer and has a big heart for charity." -Buzznet "With over 30,000 Facebook fans and more than 100,000 Tumblr followers, Gregson has definitely hit a nerve with his short-yet-poignant pieces. In an age of goofy Vine videos, memes and Instagram dinner-plate photos, poetry seems an unlikely addition to the community of web shares and posts. Gregson's poetry, though, isn't about flashy design or snappy humor. To read the comments on his blog and Facebook pages, it's plain to see that his words genuinely resonate with his fans." -Elsewhere NYC "I LOVE THIS! I follow Tyler Knott Gregson on Twitter and Tumblr. He's amazingly talented!" -Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews "His poetry always catches me a bit off-guard and makes me reflect - which is why I like it so much. If you need a dose of romantic and moving poetry in your life, I highly recommend you follow this guy." -Eryn Faye "I read page after page, and I hope you take the time to do the same. That way we all can tell our children, as they reads his words from their textbooks, that we were among the lucky ones who first happened upon Tyler Knott Gregson not long after his tumblr days. This man. Him and his words are remarkable. I would tip my figurative hat to you, sir, but even that seems to small of a gesture to express myself." -Just Another Silly Dreamer "Forget having a guy quote me Shakespeare or Neruda, find me a guy who can quote Gregson. He'd have me hook, line, and sinker." -Belle of the Library "Gregson's Chasers of the Light is a beautiful little book that will make you feel something." -Pretty In Fiction "...gorgeous from cover to cover." -Savvy Verse & Wit "I would give this book to anyone I'd like to convince to start reading poetry." -Book Dilettante "Beautifully done and a fresh and creative voice in poetry." -Stories & Sweeties "Please read this book, especially if you're new to poetry because it's a great first introduction." -I Blog, You Read "Gregson writes some of the most beautiful, romantic, and thought-provoking poetry I have ever read." -Girls Writes Reviews "I wanted to kiss the book and place it somewhere, not just toss it into a ready to pass on pile." -Maria's Space "This is hands down, no doubt about it, the most beautifully written piece of work I've read this year." -The Paige-Turner
Tyler Knott Gregson Biography
Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, best-selling author, essayist, and professional photographer based in Helena, Montana. Gregson has accrued fame as a poet on social media platforms such as Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter since 2009. He writes and posts a bi-weekly newsletter, Signal Fire, filled with essays, poetry, and photography, and continues to publish poetry anthologies.
BackgroundGregson studied sociology and criminology at the University of Montana. He worked as a freelance writer for various companies, and began blogging on his own in 2009. He says he has written poetry since being in middle school.
Typewriter Series and careerThe "Typewriter Series" was born in 2012 when Gregson found an old typewriter in a Helena antique store and typed out a poem spontaneously. He said, "I just did it all at once and it was like stream of consciousness, I didn't plan it or think it through—I just let it go." The poet now challenges himself to post one of these every single day.Gregson's main incentive for writing is to express that poetry is not dead and is something to be valued. Writing about various themes like love, hope, sadness, and wanderlust, has enabled his readers to relate their own experiences to his words. Gregson has enticed readers by inspiring them to view the world in a different light. To continue making a difference with his writing, Gregson donated $2 of the sales for every pre-ordered book of Chasers of the Light to the To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) suicide prevention organization. The author has ranked a huge social media following, consisting of 328,000 followers on Tumblr and 357,000 on Instagram These followers are rapidly increasing as fellow celebrities have noticed his work and are mentioning him to their own followers. Singer-songwriter Christina Perri has encouraged fans to check out Gregson's work which has provided him more exposure in the social media realm.He also works as a professional wedding photographer photographing all around the world at a company he co-founded with his wife, Sarah Linden Gregson, Chasers of the Light.He is a Buddhist.He proudly lives on the Autism Spectrum, and has a podcast about life with Autism Spectrum Disorder with friend and Welsh poet, Ash Raymond James, called Somewhere On The Spectrum. Publishes a bi-weekly newsletter, Signal Fire, filled with essays on life, love, activism, autism, poetry, and all the rest.
PublicationsMr. Gregson's first poetry book, “Chasers of the Light,” became a national bestseller with more than 120,000 copies in print. Perigee, a division of Penguin Random House, picked up Gregson's "Typewriter series" and published selected poems from it into a compilation called Chasers of the Light in 2014. The collection of poetry was a top 10 bestseller of non-fiction within its second week of publication, according to the Wall Street Journal.On October 20, 2015 Gregson came out with a collection of haiku on love, entitled All the W ... Read full biography
|Authors:||Tyler Knott Gregson|
|Publisher:||Penguin Putnam Inc|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Publication date:||Oct. 20, 2014|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||New York, United States|