Larry Sawyer

Poet

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 & Prizes

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

Best Poet, Chicago Reader poll, 2012, 2013

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
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Last update: Mar 16, 2016