Larry Sawyer

Author's Bio

• Curates the Myopic Books Poetry Series in Chicago. • Co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics. • Edits the journal, 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

Unable to Fully California
(Otoliths Books, 2010)
, Vertigo Diary
(BlazeVOX, 2013)
A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration
(DePaul Humanities Center Press, 2009)
, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion
(Academy of American Poets, 2015)
, 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
(Silver Wonder Press, 2008)
, Tyrannosaurus Ant
(mother's milk press, 2003)
Prizes Won: 
Best Poet, Chicago Reader poll, 2012, 2013

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last updated: Mar 16, 2016