Poetry. "The name Kalamaras means, as everyone knows, He Who Channels the Throat Songs of the Inflamed Detectives of Southern Surreality. He has more language at his command than Peter Mark Roget, but though we recognize the words, their electrifying combinations have never been heard before. Given Kalamaras's impressively penetrating knowledge of English literature, and his pendant for Asian poetry, Tantric Buddhist texts, and 20th century contemporary international poetry in translation, the delicious eclecticism of the poems and the velocity of their outrageously wide range of reference should be no surprise. But the alarming fact is: they are as surprising as they are addictive"—Forrest Gander.
George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014- 2016), is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), where he has taught since 1990. His ten books of poetry include LUMINOUS IN THE OWL'S RIB (Dos Madres Press, 2019), KINGDOM OF THROAT-STUCK LUCK (2011), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize, The Theory and Function of Mangoes (2000), winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series, GOLD CARP JACK FRUIT MIRRORS (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2008), EVEN THE JAVA SPARROWS CALL YOUR NAME (Quale Press, 2004), and WE SLEPT THE ANIMAL (Dos Madres Press, 2021). He has also published seven poetry chapbooks and a book of critical theory, Reclaiming the Tacit Dimension: Symbolic Form in the Rhetoric of Silence (State University of New York Press, 1994). He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993) and two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission (2011 and 2001). During 1994, he spent several months in India on an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship. He lives with his wife, writer Mary Ann Cain, and their beagle, Bootsie, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Author City: FORT WAYNE, IN USA