Over the last two decades, John Tipton has directed his energy at once toward innovative translations of Greek tragedies and his own gnomic poetry about the uses of myth and syntax. The twain meet in BELIEVERS AND SEVEN SERMONS FROM THE BACCHAE, an idiosyncratic offering of Euripides’ Bacchae interlaced with passages from the Gospel of Mark (among other texts). In setting one of the last and most skeptical plays of Euripides against Mark, we see Tipton returning to the experimental roots of his poetry and the evangelical origins of his uneasy fascination with faith. As Sarah Ruden writes in her foreword: “I commend this bold, subtle, intoxicating blend: anyone who is curious about the history and nature of belief can drink deeply and think deeply while reading this book.”
John Tipton was born in 1964 in Alton, Illinois. After an itinerant childhood—mostly in Indiana—and a stint in the army, he attended the University of Chicago, where he earned a degree in philosophy. He is the author of two poetry collections published by Flood Editions, SURFACES (2004) and PARAMNESIA (2016), as well as two translations of Greek tragedies: Sophocles' AJAX (2008) and Aeschylus's SEVEN AGAINST THEBES (2015), also published by Flood. He is the publisher of Verge Books, a small literary press he runs with Peter O'Leary. Since 1990 he has called Chicago home.
Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA