Charles Rossiter

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Name: Charles Rossiter

Name: Charles Rossiter

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry




Illinois Connection

I've lived in Oak Park, IL, since 1997 and have given readings in many Chicago-area libraries and festivals such as Printers Row, Around the Coyote, Chicago Blues Festival. I founded and have hosted the 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse at Unity Temple in Oak Park since 2004. Among my poems are a substantial number of Chicago Poems.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charlie Rossiter, NEA Fellowship recipient and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, hosts the audio website His work has been featured on NPR and numerous statewide public radio networks. During the ‘90s he hosted the Poetry Motel TV program, still seen on cable stations in some parts of the Northeast. His recent co-authored book Back Beat, has been praised by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. His chapbook, What Men Talk About, won the first Red Wheel Barrow Prize from Pudding House Press. He has performed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in NJ; and was among a handful of poets chosen to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2005. His latest book All Over America: Road Poems (2009) is available at and continues his explorations of memoir and poetry begun in The Night We Danced With the Raelettes, (2007) also from FootHills Publishing.

Published Works

  • Evening Stones, Ye Olde Font Shoppe, 1999
  • What Men Talk About, Pudding House Publishing, 2000
  • Charles Rossiter Greatest Hits: 1975-2001, Pudding House Publishing, 2002
  • Around the House: 15 Years of Poems from the Journal of Poetry Therapy, Pudding House Publications, 2005
  • Back Beat, expanded 2nd ed, Fractal Edge Press, 2006 (1st ed, 2001)
  • The Night We Danced With the Raelettes, FootHills Publishing, 2007
  • All Over America: Road Poems, FootHills Publishing, 2009

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Evening Stones

ISBN: 1889289426
Release Date: 1999-05-01

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What Men Talk About

ISBN: 0944754856
Release Date: 2000

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Back Beat 2nd Edition

ISBN: 1933126183
Release Date: 2006-06-01

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The Night We Danced with the Raelettes

ISBN: 0941053288
Release Date: 2007

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Literary Awards

  • NEA Fellowship for Poetry
  • What Men Talk About, Red Wheel Barrow Prize

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For bookings:; fees for readings, lectures, workshops range from $250-$1500 depending on the assignment. I travel the country and especially enjoy taking poetry to areas that don't typically get a lot of poetry. My style, which one critic said "bridges the raw and the refined," goes over well with general audiences and still receives accolades from experienced poets. I also relate well with at-risk youth, middle-school and older.

External Links

Charles Rossiter on WorldCat

Charles Rossiter on Amazon


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