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General Information

Name:  Michael H. Brownstein  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1953 in Evanston, Illinois


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Brownstein lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in ''The Café Review'', ''American Letters and Commentary'', ''Skidrow Penthouse'', ''Xavier Review'', ''Hotel Amerika'', ''After Hours'', ''Free Lunch'', ''Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry,'' ''The Pacific Review'' and others. In addition, he has eight poetry chapbooks including ''The Shooting Gallery'' (Samidat Press, 1987), ''Poems from the Body Bag'' (Ommation Press, 1988), ''A Period of Trees'' (Snark Press, 2004) and ''What Stone Is'' (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).Brownstein, is retired from teaching elementary school in Chicago’s inner city, studies authentic African instruments with his students, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators and the State of Illinois Title 1 Convention, and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.Brownstein published ''The Paper Bag'' and WYMB'S ''Broadside'', wrote for the ''Chicago Reader'' and other area newspapers and has an educational column in the ''SouthStreet Journal'' and is the elementary school teacher editor for ''Substance''. Presently he performs original one-man performance pieces throughout the Chicago area. Two of these are ''Ten Times People Attempted to Rob Me'' and ''Let's Eat Grasshoppers Cause Everything Else Tastes Like Chicken.''

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-- Ommation Press Best Chapbook Award Triton College's International Poetry Prize