Pen Name: None
Born: 1961 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Poetry Foundation Website: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/raul-nino
Niño moved to Chicago when he was seven years old. He currently resides in Evanston.
Biographical and Professional Information
Raúl Niño has been a part of the Chicago Poetry Scene for as long as there has been a scene. His work with the original Letter eX, a free poetry newspaper that was published from 1985 to 1995, laid the groundwork for the creation of ChicagoPoetry.com. In 1992, he won a Sister Cities poetry slam sponsored by the City of Chicago that took him to Mexico City on a reading tour as a Cultural Affairs Ambassador.
Niño's poems have appeared in anthologies including: Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago's Guild Complex and Shards of Light: Astillas de Luz (Tia Chucha Press), New Chicana/Chicano Writing Volumes 2 and 3 (University of Arizona Press) and Emergency Tacos: Seven Poets Con Picante (MARCH/Abrazo Press). His work has also appeared in the literary journals: Revista Apple, After Dark, Hammers, The Guadalupe Review, Tonantzin, and Against Borders: Promoting Books for a Multicultural World.
- Breathing Light, MARCH/Abrazo Press, 1991
- A Book of Mornings, MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2007
Titles at Your Library
- Sister Cities Poetry Slam Award, City of Chicago, 1992
- Significant Illinois Poet Award, Illinois Poet Laureate, Gwedolyn Brooks, 1993
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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