The Paladin Award
“For extraordinary long-term contribution to the quality and progress of poetry in Illinois”
Given by the Editors of RHINO
Barry Silesky was born in Minneapolis, MN, but came to Chicago to attend to Northwestern University (BA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA). He was the founding Editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) and has taught at both the School of the Art Institute and Loyola University Chicago. For many years, Barry also taught a workshop out of his home. Barry’s long list of publications includes collections of poetry, short prose, and biographies: The New Tenants (1992),One Thing That Can Save Us (1994), This Disease: Poems (2006), Ferlinghetti, The Artist in His Time (1990), and John Gardner, Literary Outlaw (2004). Barry is a leader in the Chicago poetry community and has always been committed to the intersection of poetry and politics, art and activism. He has also mentored many local poets and nurtured the careers of countless others.