Larry Sawyer (poet)

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.

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.

Selected bibliography

Sawyer’s publications (poetry and critical reviews) include 88, Action Yes, ambulant, The Argotist (UK), Arson, Aught, Big Bridge, Boston Review, The Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, The East Village, Eildon Tree (Scotland), Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), 5_Trope,Hunger, La Petite Zine, LocusPoint, Loop, 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 (Holland), Verse Daily, VLAK (Czech Republic), WORD/ for Word, and Ygdrasil, among others. His chapbook Tyrannosaurus Ant has been included in the Yale Collection of American Literature.


  • Unable to Fully California (Otoliths, Australia, cover art by Krista Franklin)


  • 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; the Chicago Printer's Row Lit Fest; Columbia College Chicago; The Hideout in Chicago; Myopic Books in Chicago; The Poetry Center of Chicago; Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. Sawyer also curates the Myopic Books Poetry Series at Myopic Books in Wicker Park, Chicago, and is a core faculty member of The Chicago School of Poetics. His blog is called Me Tronome.

External links

  • The Argotist Online
  • The Chicago School of Poetics
  • Coconut
  • Court Green
  • Me Tronome
  • milk magazine
  • Myopic Books Poetry Series
  • Otoliths
  • Poets & Writers magazine
  • Seven Corners
  • Woodland Pattern Book Center

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