Albert DeGenova

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General Information

Name: Albert DeGenova

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry


Website: and



Illinois Connection

DeGenova grew up in Chicago and now lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Albert DeGenova is a poet, editor/publisher, teacher, and blues saxophonist. From 1978-1980 he was an editor of the Oyez Review (published by Roosevelt University); in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. DeGenova is also half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro which appears throughout the greater Chicago/Midwest area.

DeGenova has published two poetry chapbooks - A Tender Spot and Postcards to Jack. His latest book, A Good Hammer, will be published by Timberline Press in 2014.

He hosts reading events for After Hours and co-hosts with Nina Corwin the long-standing second-Monday-of-the-month Molly Malone’s Reading Series and Open Mic in Forest Park, Illinois.

DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently an adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. He’s also worked as a journalist and has served as a contributing editor to Down Beat magazine.

Published Works

  • Back Beat, Cross+Roads Press, 2001 first edition and Fractal Edge Press, 2006 second edition - written with Charles Rossiter
  • The Blueing Hours, Virtual Artists Collective, 2008
  • A Good Hammer, Timberline Press, 2014

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Back Beat 2nd Edition

ISBN: 1933126183
Release Date: 2006-06-01

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The Blueing Hours

ISBN: 0979882532
Release Date: 2008-08-15

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Albert DeGenova on WorldCat

Albert DeGenova on Amazon


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