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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rane Arroyo  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: November 15, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: May 7, 2010 in Toledo, Ohio

-- Rane Arroyo on WorldCat --

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.

Published Works

  • Columbus's Orphan, JVC books, 1993
  • The Singing Shark, Bilingual Press, 1996
  • Pale Ramón, Zoland Books, 1998
  • Home Movies of Narcissus, University of Arizona Press, 2002
  • How To Name A Hurricane, University of Arizona Press, 2005
  • The Portable Famine, BkMk Press, 2005
  • The Buried Sea: New and Selected Poems, University of Airzona Press, 2008
  • The Rosewell Poems, WorldFarm, 2008
  • Same-Sex Séances, New Sins Press, 2008
  • Sky's Weight, Turning Point Press, 2009
  • White as Silver: Poems, Cervená Barva Press, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

JVC Books,. Arcadia, Fl. :. ©1993.

The singing shark /
ISBN: 0927534614. OCLC Number:

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Pale Ramón /
ISBN: 0944072941. OCLC Number:

Zoland Books,. Cambridge, Mass. :. 1998.

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

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

University of Arizona Press,. Tucson :. ©2005.

"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.

The portable famine /
ISBN: 1886157537. OCLC Number:

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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 buried sea :
ISBN: 0816527164. OCLC Number:

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

WordFarm,. La Porte, Ind. :. ©2008.

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

[New Sins Press],. [Toledo, Ohio] :. [©2008]

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

Turning Point,. Cincinnati, OH :. ©2009.

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

Červená Barva Press,. West Somerville, MA :. ©2010.