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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cin Salach  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Salach lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cin Salach is a poet of page and stage. She is an Illinois Arts Council award recipient, a four-time Ragdale fellow and co-founder of ''Words@Play'', a joint project with the Chicago Park District and the Children's Humanities Festival. She has collaborated with musicians, video artists, dancers and photographers for over 25 years in such groups as ''The Loofah Method'', ''Betty’s Mouth'' and ''ten tongues'' with whom she recorded the CD, ''A Wide Arc''. Salach received an Emmy nomination for her voice-over and on-screen narration of the PBS documentary ''From Schoolboy to Showgirl.''Her first book, ''Looking for a Soft Place to Land'', was published by Tia Chucha Press. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including ''Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days'', ''Efforts and Affections: Women Poets on Mentorship'', ''Brute Neighbors: An Urban Nature Anthology'', ''Poetry Speaks: Spoken Word Revolution'' and most recently ''Windy City Queer''. Her work has also been highlighted on ''Oprah!'' and ''This American Life.''

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Titles At Your Library

Looking for a Soft Place to Land
ISBN: 1882688112

Tia Chucha. 1996

Book by Salach, Cin

when I am yes
ISBN: 1492755125

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

The poems in When I Am Yes are incandescent, polyphonic, deeply sensual creations of a mind and heart loving life in a way I’ve never quite experienced in a poetry collection. Salach invites the reader in to a world that is achingly tender, glisteningly beautiful, startling in its unusual vision, yet familiar, too, as if the hope she’s conjured up is not only for us, but in us as well. I love this book for its musicality and its honesty, for its rare ability to make me feel fully conscious yet enthusiastically YES at the same time. Multi-kudos to cin salach! -- Maureen Seaton



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