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Featured Poet

Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website’s objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state’s poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Biographical Note

Stuart DybekStuart Dybek is the author of two books of poems, Brass Knuckles (Carnegie Mellon Press) and Streets in Their Own Ink (FSG.) A chap book of Dybek's prose poems and flash fiction was published by State Street Press, and he is also the author of three prize-winning short story collections: Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. Dybek's poetry has been widely anthologized, including work in Best American Poetry, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, and Czech. His poetry appears regularly in publications such as Poetry, APR, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review,The Paris Review, etc. He is the recipient of many literary awards, which include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lannan Award, and in 2007, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Writer's Award. Dybek currently teaches at Northwestern University where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence. He is also a permanent faculty member of The Prague Summer Writing Program.

Stuart Dybek's Poems

Scythe - Audio 


The Supplicant - HTML 
The Supplicant  - Audio 

"The Supplicant"


"Today, Tonight"

Nowhere - HTML 
Nowhere - Audio 





Lazarus - HTML 


Bath - HTML 


Revelation - HTML 


My Malaria - Audio 

"My Malaria"

- Written and read by Tom Lux from Verb, an audio magazine, Issue #1, Vol. #1
My Malaria Song- Audio 

"My Malaria Song"

 - Written and performed by Stuart Dybek