Cynthia Gallaher


Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 544-0070

Author's Bio

Since I've started writing, I've come out with four published poetry collections: "Epicurean Ecstasy: More Poems About Food, Drink, Herbs & Spices" (The Poetry Box, 2018); "Earth Elegance" (March Abrazo Press, Chicago, 2000) poems on animals and the environment; "Swimmer’s Prayer" (Missing Spoke Press, Seattle, 1999), poems about Chicago; and "Night Ribbons" (Polar Bear Press, Chicago, 1990); and three chapbooks, most recently "Drenched" (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2018). Also a nonfiction memoir, reference and guide, "Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren't a Poet" (Bookbaby, 2016), which won a National Indie Excellence Award. I appear on the Chicago Public Library’s list of “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets." I have received numerous grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for both poetry and theater writing, and from the Illinois Arts Council, and have been honored by the Illinois Library Association and the Illinois State Library. My poems are featured in various anthologies, including "Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Up the Jams" (Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, 2010), "Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology" (University of Iowa Press, 2002) and "Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation" (University of Iowa Press, 1999). Pearson/Scott Foresman published three of my short plays, which appear in its middle school textbooks. More than 200 of my poems have been published in small press magazines and anthologies.

Publications & Prizes

Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kickin' Out the Jams (Coffee House Press, 2010)
Stand Up Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2002)
Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press, 1999)
Epicurean Ecstasy: More Poems About Food, Drink, Herbs & Spices (Poetry Box, 2018)
Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Aren't a Poet (Books on Demand, 2016)
Earth Elegance (March/Abrazo Press, 2000)
Swimmer's Prayer (Missing Spoke Press, 1999)
Night Ribbons (Polar Bear Press, 1990)
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Omnivore Odes: Poems About Food, Herbs and Spices (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
Prizes won: 

Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants; various grants from City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; National Indie Excellence Award

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Irish American, Polish American
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Chicago, IL
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Last update: May 31, 2021