Poet and editor Larry 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. His books include Unable to Fully California (Otoliths) and Vertigo Diary (BlazeVox). e-Books and chapbooks include Werewolf Weather (Argotist Ebooks, UK); Poems for Peace (Structum Press); A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press, Ontario, Canada), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother’s milk press) and Disharmonium (SilverWonderPress). Anthologies include Shamanic Warriors Now Poets (Scotland, JN Reilly, editor), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for a New Century (Cracked Slab Books) and 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 the co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics. He blogs occasionally for the Best American Poetry blog and Ploughshares.
Lina ramona Vitkauskas (Lithuanian-American-Canadian, b. 1973) is Larry Sawyer’s co-conspirator, mainly, the web guru behind milk.
She is the author of White Stockings (White Hole Press, 2016), SPINY RETINAS (Mutable Sound, 2014), Professional Poetry (White Hole Press, 2013), A Neon Tryst (Shearsman Books, 2013); HONEY IS A SHE (Plastique Press, 2012); THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING (Ravenna Press, 2010); Failed Star Spawns Planet/ Star (dancing girl press, 2006); and Shooting Dead Films with Poets (Fractal Edge Press, 2004).
In 2013, she was selected by Eleni Sikelianos for the Henry Miller Memorial Library Ping Pong Journal Award, and in 2009, she was selected by Brenda Hillman for The Poetry Center of Chicago’s Juried Reading Award. She has also been nominated by Another Chicago Magazine for an Illinois Arts Council Award.
Her publications include The Chicago Review, The Prague Literary Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Tarpaulin Sky, The Awl, Matter, Coconut, TriQuarterly, The Toronto Quarterly, VLAK (Ed. Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan), White Fungus (Taiwan; recently displayed at MoMA), and more.
She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Wright State University, where she participated in a summer workshop with Nikky Finney (2012 National Book Award Winner in Poetry). She was also a faculty member and the marketing manager at the Chicago School of Poetics in 2013.
For 12 years, she has been a part of Chicago’s poetry community in many capacities—as a reader, collaborator, co-curator, co-founder, organizer/facilitator, instructor, literary arts nonprofit director, and contest judge. Reading series Lina has been featured in and projects she’s been involved with include: Chicago Public Radio’s “Chicago Amplified,” Myopic Books, Danny’s, Red Rover (@ OUTER SPACE), Woman Made Gallery, Series A, Quimby’s, Balzekas Lithuanian Museum, Wĭt Rabbit, Dollhouse Reading Series, 100,000 Poets for Change, HUMAN MICROPOEM at Occupy Chicago, Discrete, Around the Coyote, Future Perfect + New Media, Evanston Public Library, and many more.