Bio

Eduardo Arocho was born and raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood where he currently resides. He is the author of six chapbooks of poetry including: Hot Wings (2013), Highway Island (2008), The 4th Tassel (2006), Poems Behind The Máscara (2002). His poems have also been published in: Dialogo Journal Center for Latino Research, DePaul University (2018), WE ARE by The Chicago Community Trust (2016); Cantologia 1:Palabra Pura Poets by Pandora Lobo estepario Press (2013); El CENTRO JOURNAL, Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, New York, NY, (2001); Power Lines: Anthology by Tia Chucha Press, (2000) and Open Fist: Anthology of Young Illinois Poets by Tia Chucha Press, (1993).

In 2017, Arocho launched Bobbin Lace Press, with the goal of publishing first books for emerging Latino poets in Chicago. As a translator he performed two poems for the Brooks in Translation: A Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Arocho was a featured poet at the 2016 Gerald Manley Hopkins International Poetry Festival in Kildare, Ireland. He has also been featured reciting poetry in both film and radio including: voiceover of three original poems in the independent documentary ‘Flags of Steel’, by Mildred Amador, Chicago, 2008; in the feature film URBAN POET, by New Film Productions, Chicago, 2002; and on the Chicago Matters Series—Our Region Our Community, “From San Juan To Humboldt Park”, aired on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, (1998). From 2007 to 2014, Arocho was a regular contributor to La Voz del Paseo Boricua Newspaper, published by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago. Arocho is currently completing work on his forthcoming poetry manuscript Nació Maestro to be completed in Spring of 2018.