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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Garin L. Cycholl  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Adult; Young Adult;

Born: in Decatur, Illinois

-- Garin L. Cycholl on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Garin Cycholl teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Homewood, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Garin also works as co-editor of Near South, a journal of experimental poetry, fiction, and drama. His recent work will appear this spring with Admit2 and Keep Going. He is author of Nightbirds, and Blue Mound to 161, a book-length poem on geological and historical displacements in Southern Illinois.

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Titles At Your Library

Blue Mound To 161
ISBN: 1886350973

Pavement Saw Press. 2005

Poetry. Winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award for an outstanding first book-length collection of poetry or prose. "Human physical traceries, voices, and stories haunt this book. The story of the soil alone gives these interwoven poems their essential reminders: we make our lives, if we are lucky, with perceptions that open us and are then folded, each into the next. Cycholl's vision is austere but vivid. Here is a world where roadmaps are alive where ditches give birth to miniscule evolutions of the organic life-force where golden birds' skyward passageways invite us to swift flight andblessed return"--Judith Vollmer.

ISBN: 1411680952 2006

Poetry by Garin Cycholl

Hostile Witness
ISBN: 1935402420

BlazeVOX Books. 2009

Poetry. "Cycholl's descent in HOSTILE WITNESS into America leads us through baseball parks and boxing arenas, along the banks of rivers and back alleys to smoke-filled room political deals as only a poet of Cycholl's power could manage. The collection is masterful and epic—and ultimately essential"—Bill Allegrezza. "With an anger that cauterizes the wound, Cycholl has plumbed the depths of darkness and corruption in recent times. He lives with our good songs and knows our most radiant light as well as our compromising and disabling impoverishments. It is with a profound compassion that he reveals our vapid will to be cold and do harm. And crucially, HOSTILE WITNESS lays bare our possible terrifying future, so as to help us navigate a way to a better place"—Roberto Harrison.


Transcontinental Poetry Prize for ''Blue Mound to 161'' (2003)

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