Wiliam Yarrow

Profile Updated: April 28, 2018
Residing In Lincolnwood, IL USA
Spouse/Partner Leah K. Yarrow
Homepage https://billyarrow.wordpress.com/
Occupation Professor of English at Joliet Junior College since 1993
Children Children:
Benjamin, born 1979; Aliza, born 1981; Nathan, born 1986.
Grandchildren:
Ruby, More…born 2015. Jonas, born 2016. Oscar, born 2017
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"What have you been up to since you graduated?"

Teaching. Grading. Teaching. Grading. Teaching. Degrading.

Update, April 2018:
I'm just finishing my 25th year at Joliet Junior College where I'm still enjoying teaching Shakespeare, Introduction to Film Study, and Creative Writing. I plan to keep teaching until 2021. My fourth full-length collection of poetry, Against Prompts, is coming out from Lit Fest Press in October 2018 . The Vig of Love came out from Glass Lyre Press in 2016, Blasphemer came out from Lit Fest Press in 2015 and Pointed Sentences from BlazeVOX in 2012. Leah and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary last March and are enjoying being new grandparents. Two babies in Brooklyn and one now in Boston keep us in frequent transit from Chicago to the East Coast.

School Story

NATCHEZ SHRAPNEL

I was like a bullet shot from a university tower
toward three children crawling on a blanket
in a faraway park. I bounced around a bit and
landed in my life. We were all bullets shot from
the same gun, but you landed in Natchez and I
landed in D.C. and fragments of the rest of us can
be found anywhere there’s an Adirondack chair.

Yes, we are bullets, but we’ve all been hit by something
resembling a trajectory. You most improbably of all.
“It’s only a flesh wound,” you said, and that momentarily
consoled us,, but, really, are there any other kinds?
Each morning, I cradle my striated pain, but it’s not an
external impairment. Foully accompanied by a cordite
stench, it emanates from the calibrated part of me.

(in Pointed Sentences, BlazeVOX 2012)

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Bill Yarrow reading at Sunday Salon at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York City on April 19, 2015.
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Bill Yarrow reading from "Blasphemer," "The Vig of Love," and "Pointed Sentences" at Whittier College on October 10, 2017. Hosted by Tony Barnstone.
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Bill Yarrow reading at San Diego State University on October 11, 2017 as part of the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, hosted by Meagan Marshall. Poems from Pointed Sentences (2012), Blasphemer (2015), and The Vig of Love (2016). 34 minutes.
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Bill Yarrow reading at San Diego State University on October 11, 2017

Bill Yarrow reading at San Diego State University on October 11, 2017 as part of the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, hosted by Meagan Marshall. Poems from Pointed Sentences (2012), Blasphemer (2015), and The Vig of Love (2016). 34 minutes.
Posted: Apr 28, 2018 at 2:09 PM

Bill Yarrow reading at Whittier College on October 10, 2017

Bill Yarrow reading from "Blasphemer," "The Vig of Love," and "Pointed Sentences" at Whittier College on October 10, 2017. Hosted by Tony Barnstone.
Posted: Apr 28, 2018 at 2:09 PM

Bill Yarrow reading at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville, North Carolina on July 26, 2017

Bill Yarrow reading at Waterbean Coffee in Huntersville, North Carolina on July 26, 2017. Hosted by Jonathan Kevin Rice.
Posted: Apr 28, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Bill Yarrow reading at The Book Cellar in Chicago on January 7, 2016

Bill Yarrow reading at The Book Cellar in Chicago on January 7, 2016
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Bill Yarrow reading at Sunday Salon at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York City on April 19, 2015

Bill Yarrow reading at Sunday Salon at Jimmy's No. 43 in New York City on April 19, 2015.