BkMk Press Books

Portable Famine


by Arroyo, Rane

Price: $13.95, 63 pages

ISBN: 9781886157538, 2007


Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Robin Beacker


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.

About the Author

Rane Arroyo was born in Chicago and began his writing career as a performance artist. He is also a playwright and fiction writer. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His awards include the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Stonewall Books National Chapbook Prize, The Sonora Review Chapbook Award, the George Houston Bass Award for Drama, and the Hart Crane Memorial Award. He was professor of English at the University of Toledo, where he directed the creative writing program.


Published 2007

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