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: 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).
Eduardo 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. In 2011, he was presented with the Hispanic Heritage Award in Fine Arts from his Alma Matter, Northeastern Illinois University. Arocho is currently completing work on his forthcoming poetry manuscript Nació Maestro.