Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1984, Eliot Cardinaux is a pianist and poet now living in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is the founder of The Bodily Press through which he has released the work of others, as well as several of his own chapbooks and CDs, including WinterPoems, and SweetBeyondWitness. His first album as a leader, American Thicket, was released in 2016 on Loyal Label (Brooklyn, NY), and also features Mat Maneri, Thomas Morgan, and Flin van Hemmen. His poetry has been published in Caliban Online, Big Big Wednesday, Hollow, White Heat, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, and Bloodroot Literary Journal. Cardinaux performs and records regularly around the East Coast and in Europe, with musicians such as Asger Thomsen, Jeb Bishop, Mia Dyberg, and Kresten Osgood. His latest solo project, Sweet Beyond Witness, is an album of piano compositions and improvisations and spoken word with accompanying writings and film, released in August, 2018 on The Bodily Press.
“I’m thinking of an inverse poetry, which turns experience outward like a flower, raises up without empathy, and echoes the reader, without ensnaring; its collection would be, like their trace upon a winter city, a ghost town for friends.”
-Eliot Cardinaux, from the introduction to Nativity, 2017.