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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Rossiter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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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.


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

Speaking Engagements

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Around the house :
ISBN: 1589983459. OCLC Number: 61287251

Pudding House Publications,. .

Daedalus' daughter
ISBN: 9780941053419. OCLC Number: 56326617

FootHills Pub.,. .

Evening stones /
ISBN: 1889289426. OCLC Number: 1024314957

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Greatest hits, 1975-2001 /
ISBN: 1589980166. OCLC Number: 49788899

Pudding House Publications,. .

The night we danced with the Raelettes :
ISBN: 0941053288. OCLC Number: 430496066

Foothills Pub.,. .

What men talk about :
ISBN: 0944754856. OCLC Number: 48093907

Pudding House Publications,. .