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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

Books:
Vertigo Diary (BlazeVOX, 2013), Unable to Fully California (Otoliths Books, 2010)
Chapbooks:
Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press, 2008), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press, 2003)
Anthologies:
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)
Journals:
Action Yes, Boston Review, Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Milk, MiPOesias, National Poetry Review, Poets & Artists Magazine, Shampoo, Skanky Possum, Van Gogh's Ear, Vanitas, Verse Daily, VLAK
Prizes:
Best Poet, Chicago Reader poll, 2012, 2013

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Listing last updated: July 25, 2013

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Fluent in:
English

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