Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. His work can be found in numerous print and on-line publications and anthologized in such collections as, Carving in Bone (Moon Tide Press, 2007), Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books, 2010) and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011). Currently Eric is an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, and teaches workshops for Red Hen Press’ Writing in School’s program.

His first full-length collection of poetry and prose entitled, What We Ache For, is available from Moon Tide Press. Eric has also teamed with Melody Maker Productions to release I Don’t Like Straws, a studio produced spoken word album featuring music by David Gielan, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon and other music sites of the like. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and writes to live in Whittier, CA where he is the poetry curator for Half Off Books and runs a quarterly reading series at Vinatero Wine Shop.


What others have to say

"With an eye and ear for what makes us human, Eric Morago addresses beauty and mundanity, desire and doubt, with a passionate voice that craves and provides connection to reader and community."

— Patty Seyburn, Author of Mechanical Cluster

"Eric Morago? I know that guy. He's the good seed who sneaks you whisky under the table. The performance poet who doesn't rely solely on performance. The academe who kicks out the jams in the middle of the library. The hardest working man in poem business. I'd let him babysit my future children. Teach my workshop. Pour my drinks. He's an oil-soaked rag inches away from fireworks. Guard your hands and your hearts."

— Rob "Ratpack Slim" Sturma, Author of Miles of Hallelujah

"There is a gorgeous alchemy that occurs when a poet's willingness to perform surgery on his own heart catches up to his hard-practiced skill with language. What We Ache For is just this kind of magical experiment. Eric Morago gracefully mines every awkward, cowering part of himself while confronting the familiar demons of masculinity, sexual longing and adult expectations, seeking to transform hesitation into courage, regret into acceptance, fear into love. He hangs lights in every empty part of himself to remind us that there's a pure value in wanting--desire may be the root of all suffering, but it is also what makes us human, what makes us blindingly, achingly alive."

— Mindy Nettifee, Author of Rise of the Trust Fall

Upcoming Readings

  • THU MAY 10, 2012 @ 7:30 PM

    Muckenthaler Cultural Center
    1201 Malvern Avenue
    Fullerton, CA 92833

  • SUN MAY 13, 2012 @ 2:00 PM

    Gatsby Books
    5535 E. Spring Street
    Long Beach, CA 90808