Educator, Editor & Writer 





Scott Bailey is the author of Thus Spake Gigolo published by New York Quarterly Books. His poems and cotranslations of Latin American Poets have appeared in journals such as "The Adirondack Review," "Chelsea," "The Cortland Review," "Exquisite Corpse," "Indiana Review," "The Journal," "Meridian," "New York Quarterly," "Poetry International," "Prism International," "The Southeast Review" and "Verse Daily," among others. His degrees include a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. A former writer-in-residence for the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, Bailey has taught writing courses at Brown University, New York University, Florida State University, The University of Southern Mississippi and Tougaloo College where he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Academic Year.  A Submissions Screener for the Alice James Award (Alice James Books), he has held editorial appointments at "Arrowhead," "New Laurel Review," "New York Quarterly," "The Southeast Review" and "Washington Square Review." 









Thus Spake Gigolo charts the course of a speaker coming-of-age in rural South Mississippi, a world that is sublime and terrifying, but these poems are not limited to one landscape, region or approach. If this collection has a hero, it is Gigolo who confesses his hand-bitten tale of survival, navigating the difficulties of his inevitable frail natures, holding his fist up to what he dreams and lives for. He speaks of the wounds that must be spoken of. He speaks of the correspondence of nature, the marvels of nature. He perseveres adversity, he celebrates adversity, he portrays a speaker's evolution—whole yet broken, dying yet loving—alive at its end. 





The penniless spawn of hell-fire spewing evangelicals, Gigolo hotfoots it to the one city where a young man can get paid as long as he's willing to do anything: New Orleans. A Dante in hot pants and platform heels, Gigolo is at his most moving when he describes the world he came from, one of farm life, jail time, and church, church, church, all in the company of characters so odd that Flannery O'Connor would have shaken her head and said, "They're too weird for me." Like cherry bombs, these poems startle, illuminate, and make you cackle with delight as you say, "Awright! Fire up another!"


David Kirby




Few poets have signaled, from the inside of their debasement, the commerce of the body for sale, leaving out nothing, not even the luciferic joy at the bottom of the well. The chains of Scott Bailey's Gigolo have dragged themselves over the ruined landscape of the city, leaving in their wake the words in this book. 



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