Larry Sawyer (poet)

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Larry Sawyer is an American poet and editor. He edited Nexus magazine (Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio) and currently edits the online poetry magazine, milk. Sawyer is the co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics. His blog is called Me Tronome.

Larry Sawyer at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, 2008

Nexus was awarded the Gold Crown Award for Collegiate Publications (Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University, New York). Poets and artists published in Nexus include Paul Violi, Mohammed Mrabet, Paul Bowles, Michael Castro, Charles Henri Ford, Gerard Malanga, Ira Cohen, Tuli Kupferberg, John Solt, Yamamoto Kansuke, John Brandi, Jack Hirschman, Jud Yalkut, Mark Owens, Tom Walker, Judith Malina, Nina Zivancevic, Hanon Reznikov, Hakim Bey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allan Graubard, Paul Grillo, Angus MacLise, Lionel Ziprin, Tetsuya Taguchi, A. D. Winans, Harold Norse, Edward Field, Timothy Baum, Daniel Abd Al- Hayy Moore, Indra Tamang, Sparrow, Ken Haponek, and Ron Loewinsohn. Featured art includes Max Ernst, Valentine Hugo, Victor Brauner, Raoul Ubac, Marcel Jean, Yves Tanguy, André Breton, Brion Gysin, Andy Warhol, Jack Micheline, Ronnie Burk, and Robert LaVigne among others.

Volume 32, No. 3 of Nexus, an Allen Ginsberg memorial issue, was reviewed in The American Book Review. Volume 33, No. 3 was placed in The Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California, and the “Moroccan issue” (Vol. 33, No. 2) was included in an exhibit of North African writing at the L’Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris, France and then placed in their permanent collection.

milk magazine has featured poets such as Chris Glomski, Michael McClure, Robert Creeley, Ron Padgett, Cid Corman, Frank Lima, Bill Berkson, Janine Pommy Vega, Clayton Eshleman, Tom Clark, Sheila E. Murphy, Tony Towle, Jerome Rothenberg, Frank Kuenstler, Spencer Selby, Mike Topp, Linh Dinh, Thurston Moore, Hoa Nguyen, Todd Colby, Anselm Berrigan, Louis Armand, George Wallace (poet), kari edwards, Brenda Iijima, Yana Payusova, Gene Tanta, Mirela Ramona Ciupag, and Ron Silliman.

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Sawyer’s publications (poetry and critical reviews) include 88, Action Yes, ambulant, The Argotist (UK), Arson, Aught, Big Bridge, Boston Review, Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, The East Village, Eildon Tree (Scotland), Emergency Index, Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Forklift Ohio, Jacket (Australia), Hunger, La Petite Zine, LocusPoint, Loop, Matter, The Miami Sun Post, MiPOesias, Moria, NY Arts Magazine, Outlaw (UK), Paper Tiger (Australia), Pinstripe Fedora, Pitchfork, Ploughshares, Poems-For-All, The Prague Literary Review, Range, Readme, Shampoo, Skanky Possum, Snow Monkey, Tabacaria (Portugal), Tin Lustre Mobile, Vanitas, Van Gogh’s Ear (France), Versal (Netherlands), Verse Daily, VLAK (Czech Republic), WORD/ for Word, and Ygdrasil, among others. His chapbook Tyrannosaurus Ant was included in the Yale Collection of American Literature.


  • Unable to Fully California (Otoliths, 2010, Australia, cover art by Krista Franklin)
  • Vertigo Diary (BlazeVOX Books, 2013, cover art by Andrew Lundwall)
  • Breaking Lorca (White Hole Press, 2014)
  • Bestiary (Cy Gist Press, forthcoming, 2016)


  • Werewolf Weather (Argotist Ebooks, UK, cover art by Gary Sullivan)


  • Poems for Peace (Structum Press),
  • A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press, Ontario, Canada),
  • Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother’s milk press) and
  • Disharmonium (SilverWonderPress)


  • Shamanic Warriors Now Poets (Scotland, JN Reilly, editor)
  • The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for a New Century (Cracked Slab Books)
  • A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (DePaul University Humanities Center Press)


He has read his work at venues such as the BONK! Reading and Performance Series in Racine, Wisconsin; Brothers K in Evanston, Illinois; the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest; Columbia College Chicago; The Hideout in Chicago; Myopic Books; The Poetry Center of Chicago; Quimby's Bookstore; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.


With Robert Archambeau, Valerie Archambeau, and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas he organized The Wake of Fallon McPhael for a fictional Irish-American Chicago poet, May 4, 2013 at The Charnel House, Chicago.

Since 2004 he has curated The Myopic Poetry Series at Myopic Books in Chicago, a reading series devoted to poetry and occasional poets' talks. Readers have included Andy Fitch, Barry Schwabsky, Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Catherine Wagner, Cole Swensen, David Meltzer, David Trinidad, Debrah Morkun, Diane Wakoski, Ed Roberson, Edmund Berrigan, Eileen Myles, Ela Kotkowska, John Beer, Lea Graham, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Linh Dinh, Michael Rothenberg, Paul Hoover, Roger Reeves, Ron Silliman, Sandra Doller, Simone Muench, Tim Yu, Tony Trigilio, Tyehimba Jess, Uljana Wolf, and Yuriy Tarnawsky, among many others.

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