Poetry. LGBT Studies. Native American Studies. Chip Livingston confronts and immerses himself into new cultural territories in his second poetry collection, CROW-BLUE, CROW-BLACK, an examination-critical, colloquial, and personal-of identity in terms of geography, experience, and blood quantum. A southern, gay, mixed-blood poet is thrust into the big-city literary life of the New York School artists in Greenwich Village, yet finds "home" in Uruguay with an Argentinean. CROW-BLUE, CROW-BLACK crosses traditional Native American narrative and incantatory styles with the quick-witted street poems of the New York School. It crosses the border into the southern hemisphere and bears witness to the influence of the Rio de la Plata, the grand capitols of Montevideo and Buenos Aires on its shores. From rural coastal roots to urban urgency and back to the rhythm of rivers and ocean, CROW-BLUE, CROW-BLACK maps the continents of the Americas.
Chip Livingston is the author of a previous poetry collection, Museum of False Starts (Gival Press, 2010), and a chapbook, Alarum (Other Rooms Press, 2007). Individual poems, short stories, and essays have been published in journals including Ploughshares, The Potomac Review, Mississippi Review, Court Green, and NEW AMERICAN WRITING. His work has been included in the anthologies SING: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Sovereign Erotics, Best New Poets 2005, Best Gay Poetry 2007, and on the Poetry Foundation's web site. He has received awards from Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and the AABB Foundation. Chip has taught writing and literature at University of Colorado, University of the Virgin Islands, Brooklyn College, and Gotham Writers Workshops. He grew up in the Florida panhandle, spent a decade in Manhattan, and now lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. Author City: MONTEVIDEO URU