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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Raul Nino  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1961 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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Illinois Connection

Niño moved to Chicago when he was seven years old. He currently resides in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Raúl Niño has been a part of the Chicago Poetry Scene for as long as there has been a scene. His work with the original ''Letter eX'', a free poetry newspaper that was published from 1985 to 1995, laid the groundwork for the creation of []. In 1992, he won a Sister Cities poetry slam sponsored by the City of Chicago that took him to Mexico City on a reading tour as a Cultural Affairs Ambassador. Niño's poems have appeared in anthologies including: ''Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago's Guild Complex'' and ''Shards of Light: Astillas de Luz'' (Tia Chucha Press), ''New Chicana/Chicano Writing'' Volumes 2 and 3 (University of Arizona Press) and ''Emergency Tacos: Seven Poets Con Picante'' (MARCH/Abrazo Press). His work has also appeared in the literary journals: ''Revista Apple'', ''After Dark'', ''Hammers'', ''The Guadalupe Review'', ''Tonantzin'', and ''Against Borders: Promoting Books for a Multicultural World''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Breathing Light
ISBN: 187763610X

March Abrazo. 1991

A Book of Mornings
ISBN: 187763624X

MARCH/Abrazo Press. 2007

Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "A BOOK OF MORNINGS is by far the best book of nature poems to come out in 2007. Niño creates a vast landscape of life with this small chapbook. The twenty half-page poems in this book exist as parts to one epic poem that explores part of the author's life, from falling in love to conception to childbirth to fatherhood. Each part of this epic is a glimpse, often no more than a second in time, of a morning in the life of the poet, but Niño manages to include infinity in each of these seconds"—C. J. Laity.


  • Sister Cities Poetry Slam Award, City of Chicago, 1992
  • Significant Illinois Poet Award, Illinois Poet Laureate, Gwedolyn Brooks, 1993

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