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Cynthia Gallaher

Born: in Chicago
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Gallaher lives in the Chicago area.

Biography: Cynthia Gallaher, a Chicago native, is the author of three full collections of poetry, three chapbooks 'Drenched' a chapbook about liquids that was published in 2018 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company ( and a nonfiction reference 'Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You Arenít a Poet,' which was published Summer 2016. The Chicago Public Library lists her among its 'Top 10 Requested Chicago Poets' and 'Today's Chicago Woman' magazine named her one of '100 Women Making a Difference.'


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Blog: Poet's
Cynthia Gallaher on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Earth elegance /
ISBN: 1877636177 OCLC: 45747441

Epicurean ecstasy :
ISBN: 194846117X OCLC: 1081308611

Frugal poets' guide to life :
ISBN: 1483571424 OCLC: 953325343

Frugal Poets' Guide to Life is part personal journey, part life-coaching for poets (or those who'd like to live like one), part creativity guide, and part reference, with a special section on the modern history of the Chicago poetry scene, including the birth of the poetry slam. In many ways, this book is an anti-MFA guide to being a poet - or any other type of creative person. As poet Robert Frost said, " To be a poet is a condition, not a profession." Some of Gallaher's more personal sections of the book trace dating a well-known underground comics artist - dinner at a Denny's restaurant with an Academy Award Best Actor -- seeing a UFO in central Wisconsin - a night when poet and men's movement icon Robert Bly was "tarred & feathered" at a poetry reading -- play rehearsals at David Mamet's Chicago theater featuring then-unknown actor William H. Macy - how she met her poet husband, Carlos -- reflections on Gallaher's family relative, artist and member of the Algonquin Round Table, Neysa McMein -- visits and stays at a variety of writers' colonies around the country -- and celebrating how friend Sandra Cisneros launched an international literary career starting with a little eight-poem chapbook at a humble bookstore in a Chicago Puerto Rican neighborhood.

Night ribbons /
ISBN: 096238030X OCLC: 22341394

Polar Bear Press, Chicago : ©1989.

Omnivore odes :
ISBN: 1622292529 OCLC: 859050191