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J Tarwood

Author's Bio

As an adult, I’ve worked in Kenya, Turkey, Yemen, Oman, Colombia, and Dubai; I’ve trekked by all sorts of dubious means through most of Africa, Europe, and South America, even darting a few times into Asia. But my life hasn’t been a travelogue. I’ve lived out globalization from aerograms to emails; that’s given me a vision quite different from many contemporary American poets. I like what Rimbaud said: “’I’ is an other.” I have three books: The Cats in Zanzibar Grand Detour And For The Mouth A Flower And For The Mouth A Flower was published by Brickhouse Books and is available on Amazon.

Publications and Prizes

Grand Detour (Black Buzzard Press, 2007)
American Poetry Review, Big Muddy, Blue Mesa Review, Breakfast All Day, Broken Bridge, Bryant Literary Review, Buckle &, California State Poetry Quarterly, Calliope, COE Review, Comstock Review, Eratica, Free Lunch, Freshwater, Front Range Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Heartlodge, Karamu, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lilies & Cannonballs, Main Street Rag, Midwest Quarterly, Paris/Atlantic, Phantasmagoria, Pike Creek Review, Plainsongs, Poetry Motel, Quantum Tao, Red River Review, Rhino Magazine, Rio, Rockhurst Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Tar Wolf Review, Terra Incognita, Visions International, White Pelican Review, Willow Review, Wind, Yet Another Small Magazine
1997: Plainsong Poetry Award 2001: Visions Featured Poet 2003: Pushcart Poem nominee

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War by Svetlana Alexievich, Red Clay Weather by Reginald Shepherd, The Mediterranean and The Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II by Fernand Braudel, The Satires of Persius by Persius, translated by W.S. Merwin, Testimony by Charles Reznikoff
Favorite Books:
Collected Poems of Jack Gilbert Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth Among Women Only The Sinking of the Titanic The Displaced of Capital Little-dog-of-iron The Selected Poems of Lorine Niedecker Novels in Three Lines A Farewell To Arms The Waste Land Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
Favorite Authors:
Jack Gilbert Ernest Hemingway William Carlos Williams Cesare Pavese Warsan Shire Jaswinder Bolina V. S. Naipaul Robert Musil Hans Magnus Enzensberger Anne Winters Philip R. St. Clair Warsan Shire

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Waukegan, IL
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