Jon Corelis:  Poems, Plays, Songs, and Essays 
 
Jon Corelis was born in  California and grew up in and around Chicago, where he earned a degree in   Classical Languages and Literatures at the College of the University of  Chicago. He later took a doctorate in Classics at Stanford, and taught  Classics and Humanities at Stanford, the University of California, and the  University of Minnesota.  

His poetry, criticism, and reviews have been published in Poetry Greece (Corfu),  Tundra (Foster City, California), Chapman (Edinburgh), The  Dark Horse (Ayrshire, Scotland and Hastings on Hudson, New York), Acumen (Brixham, England), The Poet's Voice (Bath), The International Journal of Erotica (Wilmslow, UK), Clark Street Review  (San Luis Obispo, California), Equinox (Herne Bay, England), Grey  Matter (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), and The Phoenix (Chicago), and in  the online literary magazines The Green Door (Belgium), Isibongo (University of Capetown), Lynx (Bath),  The Poetry Kit (New Malden, England),  The Ottawa (Illinois) Times,  Fieralingue (Bolzano, Italy), Ekleksographia,   and Truck, as well as appearing  in the book length collections A Glass of New Made Wine (Salzburg, Poetry Salzburg, 1999); Poetry Now:  Contemporary British and  Irish Poetry in the Making (Tuebingen, Stauffenburg Verlag, 1999), and Summoning  the sea: an anthology of contemporary poetry and prose (Salzburg , University of Salzburg, 1996).  His poetry has also been chosen to be inscribed on several sidewalks in Appleton, Wisconsin as part of that city's Sidewalk Poetry program.

He has given poetry readings and  lectures by invitation at conferences in Salzburg, Austria; Cromford, England; Ames, Iowa; and Appleton, Wisconsin. He has been the recipient of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support his translations from ancient Roman poetry.  His Roman Erotic Elegy, a book length anthology  of verse translations from the Latin, was published in 1995 by The University of Salzburg Press and is now available in an online edition.

He has also written a performance version of Euripides' Hippolytos, and has recently been composing songs (including famous poems set to music) and instrumental arrangements of Celtic folk songs. His music has been featured on the web site The Flexible Persona and has been performed in concert by the Wisconsin ensemble a very small consortium. His music is available on SoundCloud.

In addition to his literary work, he has published pieces on San Francisco  history in The San Francisco Examiner, travel in Great Expeditions, and social psychology in The Journal of Psychohistory.       

This web site includes a selection of his  poetry. More of his poems, both original and translations, can be found on the Italian cultural web site Fieralingue, and the Poemhunter web site also includes a number of his poems and translations.                     

Also available online are his essays "From Scotland to Suburbia: A Landscape of Current  British Poetry,"  "A Note on Surrealism and Modern Greek Poetry,"  "The One Great Poem: The Poetries of The Oxford  Books of English Verse,"  his review of the Library of America's  anthology American Poetry: the Twentieth Century, and his essay "Kent State Reconsidered as Nightmare."

Links to all the above materials are given in the sidebar.

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