David Berman is a singer-songwriter and former frontman for the band Silver Jews. He is the author of the poetry collection Actual Air and his cartoons have appeared in periodicals such as the Baffler, the Believer, the Minus Times, and Moonlit. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
"February's genius lies in how its rudimentary squiggles
manage to haunt again and again, each time in a slightly new way."
"Berman's is a funny, smart, on-again, off-again poetry of great promise." --New York Times Book Review, on Actual Air
"Full of casually sharp observations about the most mundane subjects. Air is funny, weird, and profound, whether it's tackling the nature of hallways or the architecture of back pain." --Entertainment Weekly, on Actual Air
"In The Portable February sometimes an entire microscopic cultural-historical moment, if not a whole life, seems encapsulated in one panel, a handful of sentences." --Ed Park, The Poetry Foundation
"David Berman is a young Virginian poet with a sly, intense regard for the past. He comes on like a prankster, restocking the imperial orations of Wallace Stevens and the byzantine monologues of John Ashbery with the pop-cultural bric-a-brac of a new generation . . . But his words have and easy, eloquent gait." --New Yorker, on Actual Air