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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rane Arroyo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: November 15, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: May 7, 2010 in Toledo, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Arroyo was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rane Arroyo was a Puerto Rican performance artist, poet, author, playwright and scholar. He began his career as a performance artist in the Chicago art galleries of the 1980s and eventually expanded into poetry, for which he has become best known. He earned his Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where he wrote his dissertation on issues surrounding the Chicago Renaissance that parallel the building of a contemporary Latino literary canon. He wrote numerous books and received many literary awards. His work dealt extensively with issues of immigration, Latino culture, and homosexuality. Arroyo was openly gay and frequently wrote self-reflexive, autobiographical texts. A professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Toledo in Ohio, Arroyo was also the co-Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.


Le Mal de Siam

1st Prize, Hart Crane Memorial Award, Kent State University, 1991

The Carlos Poems #1

2nd place, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, 1992

The Singing Shark

Carl Sandburg Poetry Award, 1997

Breathing Lessons,

Pushcart Prize, 1997

The Immigrants

Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, 2004

The Portable Famine

John Ciardi Poetry Prize for the poetry collection, 2004-05

The Portable Famine

Finalist, Book of the Year, Foreword Poetry, 2006

The Buried Sea: New and Selected Poems

Honorable Mention in Poetry, The International Latino Literary Prize, 2009

Other Awards and Honors

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2015

Selected Titles At Your Library

Camino del sol :
ISBN: 9780816528134. OCLC Number: 434613298

University of Arizona Press,. .

From the Publisher: Celebrates fifteen years of Latina literature by bringing together some of the series' best work, including selections from award-winning books by Richard Blanco, Diana Garcia, Luis Alberto Urrea, Pat Mora, Kathleen Alcala, Sergio Troncoso, and Kathleen de Azevedo-plus other prominent writers such as Ray Gonzalez, Francisco Alarcon, and Juan Felipe Herrera. Includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Columbus's orphan :
ISBN: 1878116177. OCLC Number: 28833240

JVC Books,. .

Home movies of Narcissus :
ISBN: 0816521956. OCLC Number: 50180270

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How to name a hurricane /
ISBN: 0816524602. OCLC Number: 57357473

University of Arizona Press,. .

"There's no denying it, media culture has ushered in a new era of visibility for gays in America. Yet somehow the gay Latino doesn't fit into this sound-bite identity and usually isn't included in national media images. Rane Arroyo offers a corrective." "How to Name a Hurricane collects short stories and other fictions depicting Latino drag queens and leather men, religious sinners and happy atheists, working class heroes and cyberspace vaqueros - a parade of characters that invites readers to consider whether one is more authentic a gay Latino than another. Whereas actual hurricanes are given names, the gays given voice in this collection must name themselves - and these narratives in turn reveal something of the "I" of Hurricane Rane. Here are monologues, a story in verse, and other experimental forms appropriate to experimental lives - all affirming the basic human rights to dignity, equality, love, and even silliness."--Jacket.

Pale Ramón /
ISBN: 0944072941. OCLC Number: 39078060

Zoland Books,. .

Same-sex seances :
ISBN: 0979695619. OCLC Number: 310357231

[New Sins Press],. .

Sky's weight :
ISBN: 1934999733. OCLC Number: 643567982

Turning Point,. .

The buried sea :
ISBN: 9780816527168. OCLC Number: 227015845

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The portable famine /
ISBN: 1886157537. OCLC Number: 61131836

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"The portable famine offers poems from Rane Arroyo's years of being an 'interior exile' as a gay, Puerto Rican, and Midwestern writer whose travels have taken him throughout American cities such as Chicago, Miami, New York, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Toledo; the European cities of Florence, London, and Reykjavik; and locations across the Carribean, including Puerto Rico"--Provided by publisher.

The Roswell poems /
ISBN: 160226001x. OCLC Number: 184906242

WordFarm,. .

The singing shark /
ISBN: 0927534614. OCLC Number: 34548848

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White as silver :
ISBN: 098447322X. OCLC Number: 779995334

Červená Barva Press,. .