Rane Arroyo

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General Information

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Name: Rane Arroyo

Pen Name: None

Born: November 15, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: May 7, 2010 in Toledo, Ohio

Illinois Connection

Arroyo was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rane Arroyo was a Puerto Rican performance artist, poet, author, playwright and scholar. He began his career as a performance artist in the Chicago art galleries of the 1980s and eventually expanded into poetry, for which he has become best known.

He earned his Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where he wrote his dissertation on issues surrounding the Chicago Renaissance that parallel the building of a contemporary Latino literary canon. He wrote numerous books and received many literary awards. His work dealt extensively with issues of immigration, Latino culture, and homosexuality. Arroyo was openly gay and frequently wrote self-reflexive, autobiographical texts.

A professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Toledo in Ohio, Arroyo was also the co-Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Published Works

  • Columbus's Orphan, JVC books, 1993
  • The Singing Shark, Bilingual Press, 1996
  • Pale Ramón, Zoland Books, 1998
  • Home Movies of Narcissus, University of Arizona Press, 2002
  • How To Name A Hurricane, University of Arizona Press, 2005
  • The Portable Famine, BkMk Press, 2005
  • The Buried Sea: New and Selected Poems, University of Airzona Press, 2008
  • The Rosewell Poems, WorldFarm, 2008
  • Same-Sex Séances, New Sins Press, 2008
  • Sky's Weight, Turning Point Press, 2009
  • White as Silver: Poems, Cervená Barva Press, 2010

Titles at Your Library

The Singing Shark

ISBN: 0927534614
Release Date: 1996-06-01

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Home Movies of Narcissus (Camino del Sol)

ISBN: 0816521956
Release Date: 2002-05-01

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How to Name a Hurricane (Camino del Sol)

ISBN: 0816524602
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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The Portable Famine

ISBN: 1886157537
Release Date: 2005-01-01

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The Roswell Poems

ISBN: 160226001X
Release Date: 2008-02-15

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Literary Awards


The Singing Shark

  • Carl Sandburg Prize In Poetry, 1997


The Red Bed Poems

  • Winner, Sonora Review Chapbook Contest, University of Arizona, 1993

The Naked Thief

  • Winner, Stonewall Books National Chapbook Contest, 1997


Le Mal de Siam

  • 1st Prize, Hart Crane Memorial Award, Kent State University, 1991

The Carlos Poems #1

  • 2nd place, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, 1992

Breathing Lessons

  • Pushcart Prize, 1997

Winter Wear (The Immigrants)

  • Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, 2004

The Portable Famine

  • John Ciardi Poetry Prize for the poetry collection, 2004-05
  • Finalist, ForeWord Poetry Book of The Year, 2006

Body of Work:

  • Seven Kitchens Press created the annual Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize for an original, unpublished poetry manuscript, 2012
  • Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2015

External Links

Rane Arroyo on WorldCat


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