Gerard Wozek

Poet, Fiction Writer

Chicago, IL 60616
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Author's Bio

Gerard Wozek is the author of two books of poems, A Little Wounded But On Fire (Tebot Bach, 2022), and Dervish (Gival Press, 2001), a collection of short stories, Postcards From Heartthob Town (Harrington Park Press, 2006) and a limited edition handbound chapbook, The Changeling's Exile (Deep Wood Press, 2010).

His work is recently anthologized in The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020) and Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press, 2020). He holds degrees from Loyola University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, and DePaul University and has taught writing and the humanities in the School of Liberal Arts at Robert Morris University Illinois in Chicago for twenty-five years. A conference panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) for "Windy City Queer/2009" and "Poetics of Deep Travel/2012," Wozek presented his poetry at "Liquats Erotics" in 2019, hosted by Sandra Rehder at Librería Alibri in Barcelona, Spain. 

Composer D. Edward Davis used the text from Wozek's poem "Merman" as the basis for a musical composition, which was performed live in concerts in New York City, Chicago, and elsewhere, and anthologized in New Music Shelf Baritone Volume One (New Music Shelf, 2018). "The Lockdown Haiku Project," completed in 2020, is comprised of 21 black and white photographs taken by Isaias Fanlo and 21 haiku written by Wozek. Their call and response appears online in the Pendemic Literary Journal. 

Wozek's poetry is featured in verse films which have screened at festivals throughout the world. In collaboration with filmmaker Mary Russell, the poetry video "Dance of the Electric Moccasins" took first place at the 2005 Potenza Film Festival in Italy. Most recently, "Not Death But Love," an homage to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was juried into the 2021 Poetry Film Festival in Athens, Greece.  

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

Book:
Postcards From Heartthrob Town (Harrington Park Press, 2006)

Poetry

Anthologies:
Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press, 2020)
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The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020)
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How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching (Sense Publishers, 2016)
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Drawn To Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press, 2014)
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Between: New Gay Poetry (Chelsea Station Editions, 2013)
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This assignment is so gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013)
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Windy City Queer (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011)
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Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 (Gival Press, 2009)
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Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press, 2008)
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In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself (MW Enterprises, 2006)
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Bend Don't Shatter: Poets On the Beginning of Desire (Soft Skull Press, 2004)
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Queer Dog: Homo Pup Poetry (Cleis Press, 1997)
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Reclaiming the Heartland (University of Minnesota Press, 1996)
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Gents, Bad Boys, and Barbarians (Alyson Publications, 1995)
Books:
A Little Wounded But On Fire (Tebot Bach, 2022)
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Dervish (Gival Press, 2001)
Journals:
Amethyst
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Bay Windows
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Blithe House Quarterly
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Clean Sheets
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Knockout Literary Magazine
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Paper Tiger Media
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Pif Magazine
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qarrtsiluni
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Recursive Angel
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River Oak Review
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Spillway
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Strong Coffee
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Switched-On Gutenberg
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Velvet Mafia
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White Crane Journal
Prizes won: 

Gival Press Poetry Book Award 2001 for Dervish.

Dr. Frank C. Lawler Academy of American Poets Award (Loyola University of Chicago, 1988). 

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
LGBTQ
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Chicago, IL
Illinois
Raised in: 
Aurora, IL
Illinois
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Last update: Jul 13, 2022