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Larry Sawyer

Author's Bio

• Curates the Myopic Books Poetry Series in Chicago. • Co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics. • Edits the journal milkmag.org, which has featured poets such as Robert Creeley, Ron Padgett, Cid Corman, Frank Lima, Janine Pommy Vega, Clayton Eshleman, Sheila E. Murphy, and Jerome Rothenberg. • Edited Nexus magazine (Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio). • A recent chapbook, Tyrannosaurus Ant, was included in the Yale Collection of American Literature. • Named Best Poet by The Chicago Reader in its 2012 & 2013 annual Best of Chicago readers' poll. • Of Unable to Fully California, his first collection, David Shapiro writes: "I fell in love with your 'blue fruit' and 'inescapable tomorrow,' also what seems like renunciation not of sentimentality but of cliché …I like even the quasi-Romantic dislocations here: 'There is a beauty to ice / only a statue understands.' I’m not a statue, so I only partially understand, but that should be more than enough for Sawyer's uncanny picnic on no grass … seemed as real as the Bronx, and I couldn’t stop thinking: I am so lucky that this poetry is so good."

Publications and Prizes

Vertigo Diary (BlazeVOX, 2013), Unable to Fully California (Otoliths Books, 2010)
Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press, 2008), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press, 2003)
Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion (Academy of American Poets, 2015), A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (DePaul Humanities Center Press, 2009), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2008)
Action Yes, Boston Review, Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Milk, MiPOesias, National Poetry Review, Poets & Artists Magazine, Rain Taxi, Shampoo, Skanky Possum, Van Gogh's Ear, Vanitas, Verse Daily, VLAK
Best Poet, Chicago Reader poll, 2012, 2013

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