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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: November 15, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Arroyo was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rane Arroyo was a Puerto Rican performance artist, poet, author, playwright and scholar. He began his career as a performance artist in the Chicago art galleries of the 1980s and eventually expanded into poetry, for which he has become best known. He earned his Ph.D. in English/Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where he wrote his dissertation on issues surrounding the Chicago Renaissance that parallel the building of a contemporary Latino literary canon. He wrote numerous books and received many literary awards. His work dealt extensively with issues of immigration, Latino culture, and homosexuality. Arroyo was openly gay and frequently wrote self-reflexive, autobiographical texts. A professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Toledo in Ohio, Arroyo was also the co-Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "Le Mal de Siam"

-- *1st Prize, Hart Crane Memorial Award, Kent State University, 1991


-- "The Carlos Poems #1"

-- *2nd place, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, 1992


-- "The Singing Shark"

-- *Carl Sandburg Poetry Award, 1997


-- "Breathing Lessons,"

-- *Pushcart Prize, 1997


-- "The Immigrants"

-- *Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, 2004


-- "The Portable Famine"

-- *John Ciardi Poetry Prize for the poetry collection, 2004-05


-- "The Portable Famine"

-- *Finalist, Book of the Year, Foreword Poetry, 2006


-- "The Buried Sea: New and Selected Poems"

-- *Honorable Mention in Poetry, The International Latino Literary Prize, 2009


-- """Other Awards and Honors"""

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2015