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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  J.J. Tindall  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: Minneapolis, MN in 1961

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Illinois Connection

He grew up in Naperville, Illinois, attended Illinois State University and Northeastern Illinois University and has lived in Chicago since 1986.

Biographical and Professional Information

His poems have appeared in journals and web sites around the world, and since 2007 he has been poet-in-residence at the Beachwood Reporter, Chicago's most distinguished online journal of politics and culture. He has given readings across America and Europe, where his recorded poetry and poems set to music have garnered repeated airplay. He has written, recorded and performed with a number of Chicago-based bands, and has two CDs of music, "Men in Love" and "Songs in the Rock Genre".

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Joe the Dream
ISBN: B00380A0EK

Bagman Press. 1988


Ballots from the Dead
ISBN: 0557525322 2010

Remarkably engaging, provocative and funny poems by internationally-acclaimed Chicago poet J.J. Tindall, selected from his residency at the Beachwood Reporter, Chicago's most distinguished independent online journal of politics and culture. "Gifted lyric-ranconteur J.J. Tindall's style is pure quicksilver. It glides unpredictably from ecstatic Beat testimony to Raymond Carver-esque elevation of the ordinary to the sublime." "Low on pretension and high on conversational accessibility. Similar artists: Charles Bukowski, Jim Carroll." Book design by Sheila Sachs.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)