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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Albert DeGenova  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry


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DeGenova grew up in Chicago and now lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Albert DeGenova is a poet, editor/publisher, teacher, and blues saxophonist. From 1978-1980 he was an editor of the ''Oyez Review'' (published by Roosevelt University); in June of 2000 he launched the literary/arts journal ''After Hours'', for which he continues as publisher and editor. DeGenova is also half of the performance poetry duo AvantRetro which appears throughout the greater Chicago/Midwest area.DeGenova has published two poetry chapbooks - ''A Tender Spot'' and ''Postcards to Jack''. His latest book, ''A Good Hammer'', will be published by Timberline Press in 2014. He hosts reading events for ''After Hours'' and co-hosts with Nina Corwin the long-standing second-Monday-of-the-month ''Molly Malone’s Reading Series and Open Mic'' in Forest Park, Illinois.DeGenova received his MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently an adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. He’s also worked as a journalist and has served as a contributing editor to ''Down Beat'' magazine.

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Titles At Your Library

Back Beat 2nd Edition
ISBN: 1933126183

Fractal Edge Press. 2006

This book combines prose memoirs supplying context with poems supplying the rhythm and pulse of real lives. Nothing is prettied up, nothing beautiful is toned down, and nothing spiritual is denied. If you think beat poetry is anything else, you haven't read this book. Ferlinghetti says this book is "beater than the Beats." What are you waiting for?

The Blueing Hours
ISBN: 0979882532

Virtual Artists Collective. 2008

The Blueing Hours moves from darkness to light - the reader moves from passion to doubt to the struggle to survive intact - in a brilliantly structured book which carries the reader to dawn. This isn't surprising, for here is a poet who does not want to trade Earth for Heaven or Hell. Al DeGenova is betting everything that the objects of this world - flawed or not - are charged with meaning, that we humans need more than some elusive transformation into perfection. He rejects facile romanticism or the forgiveness that nostalgia offers. This is a book launched by the extension of the night: jazz clubs, neons, poetry readings, bar noises. DeGenova takes his readers from the red hours, the black hours to the blueing hours. He does not have to re-invent the color wheel, but rather use it to keep the world from the false dictionary of black and white. He is a generous poet, for, like the many visionaries of Chicago (including Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks), his insights are our insights. He makes us wealthy in a currency about soul, life, passion. One word at a time, one heartbreak at a time, one rescue at a time.

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