Anthony Opal
Chicago, IL


Poetry and Poetics, Translation, Corpus Linguistics,
Chance Operations, Failure

Randomization and Synthesis, Found Texts,
Open Source Publishing

Appropriation, Collage Techniques and Traditions,
Ancient Greek, Chronic Pain, Event


MFA Creative Writing (Poetry), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2014
BA English Literature, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, 2010




Distinguished Thesis Award, “OTHERS,” Northwestern University, 2014
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist, The Poetry Foundation, 2012
Pushcart Prize nominee, “The Birds of Home,” Jabberwock Review, 2012
AWP Intro Award nominee, “Sonnet,” Northwestern University, 2011


The Economy, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, 2012 – present
TAG, Co-Founder and Co-Editor, 2013 – 2014
TriQuarterly, Chapbook Review Editor, Northwestern University, 2012
TriQuarterly, Reader, Northwestern University, 2011 – 2012
River Oak Review, Associate Poetry Editor, Elmhurst College, 2009 – 2010


ACTION (Peanut Books, Brooklyn, 2014)


We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years of Softblow (Epigram Books, Singapore, 2016)
Arsenic Lobster Anthology (Misty Publications, Chicago, 2013)
The Idiom Magazine Anthology: Volumes 3 and 4 (The Idiom, New Jersey, 2011)


Wave Composition (Issue 12, February 2017)
“And They Bare It”
“Eventual Parable”
“We Are Now Allowed to Touch”

Poetry for Patients (April, 2016)
Poetry Foundation / Northwestern Memorial Hospital

The EcoTheo Review (November 7, 2014)
“Son of how Waves are Spun”

Intercourse (Issue 3, Fall 2014)
“The bird’s on a feeding tube, but it still”

Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Vol. 42, Numbers 3 and 4, Summer/Autumn 2014)
“Outside the Monastery”

Cream City Review (Volume 37.2, Fall/Winter 2013-14)
“God on the mountain. A fountain of birds”
“The total wonder of the mute other”

Nonsite (Issue 11: Photography and Philosophy, Winter 2014)
“A bird flies out from the mouth of the tomb’s”
“The wolf prowls the hills, kills what it kills”

Notre Dame Review (Number 37, Winter/Spring 2014)
“God proctors the exam, does a headstand” 
“Grace of the dog’s white pawed feet is the first”

Birdfeast (Issue 9, Winter 2014)
“Above the mule’s head explodes the dream”

Five Quarterly (Fall 2013)
“A dribble of crazy blood from the mouth”

TAG (Phase 1, Fall 2013)
“Three Poems From Last January”

The Christian Century (September 18, 2013)
“if suffering doesn’t bring about”
“joyous G-d with a diphthong for a heart”

Apt Magazine (July 2013)
“no longer allowed inside the temple” 
“oh dear god-and-a-half dear action painter” 

Horse Less Review (Issue 15, July 2013) 
“A cartoon of Spider-Man looking like”
“In love with the onceness of your truncated”
“My thesis remains the same. Some rain” 
“St. Stephen leaves his sleeves rolled up wherein” 
“Tender is the night as potholes fill”

Interrupture (Issue 8, June 2013)
“the naked body my naked body” 
“one hair’s width is what separates Sanskrit” 

Alice Blue Review (Issue 20, Summer 2013)
“alas saying yes yes this is a good” 
“hello skirmish of bright red fire ants you” 

Newcity (May 23 & 30, 2013)
“bird beak like a rawhide bone remains” 
“my Beatrice touches the trees as she” 
“the scaffolding of a butterfly boat” 

ILK (Issue 9, May 2013)
“Groping for God, indistinguishable” 
“Safe in the curved cleft of sleep, I watch God’s” 
“The trees are made of wood. Strange to see this” 

Euphony (Spring 2013)
“the softest sound is the turning down of” 

Sixth Finch (Spring 2013)
“I take my medication and then fall”

Letters (Issue 1, April 2013)
“as snow falls from a foreboding syntax”
“as the sunlight goes fractal your hand moves”
“I hope that like a hatchback bird at least”
“sunlight in every city is different”

Poetry (Vol. 201, Number 6, March 2013)
“you have lipstick on your collar I say” 

Pank (Issue 8, Spring 2013) 
“have you seen the hippo’s mouth open and”

Jellyfish Magazine (Issue 8, Winter 2013)
“mimicking the landscape of the mind or”
“moments when G-d seems hollow she’s a bowl” 

Arsenic Lobster (Issue 30, Winter 2012)
“Job finds himself angry as a blueberry” 
“one day I will die of inspiration” 

InDigest Magazine (Issue 25, Winter 2012)
“Sequence Collapse” 

Prick of the Spindle (Vol. 6.4, Winter 2012)

Corium Magazine (Issue 11, Fall 2012)
“a paper airplane made of fractals is” 

The Innisfree Poetry Journal (Issue 15, Fall 2012)
“Whatever it is that stencils the night wind” 

The Pinch (Issue 32.2, Fall 2012) 
“Midwesterner ii” 
“Morning Communion” 

Softblow (September 2012)
“and who am I to not slowly fashion”
“I invite the coyote in and give him”
“if there are symbols for numbers then”
“stick to the image of an owl or” 

The Christian Century (August 8, 2012)
“so the angel Gabriel kept his word” 

Nano Fiction (Vol. 5, Number 2, 2012) 
“Hawk and Me” 

Elimae (July / August 2012)
“Reverse Curse”

Decomp Magazine (July 2012)
“agnus dei the spray of the slip-n-slide” 

2River View (Vol. 16.4, Summer 2012)

Lilliput Review (Number 187, Summer 2012) 
“The Darkness” 

Country Music (Issue 4, 2012)
“a fly looks like something that exploded” 
“daylight reconstructs the sign of Jonah”
“some bird literally walking from one” 

Jet Fuel Review (Issue 3, Spring 2012)
“everything is off and I am the snow” 
“G-d’s violence held to the diving bell as” 
“I used to write lines about it raining” 

The Greensboro Review (Number 91, Spring 2012) 
“The Transfiguration of Eve” 

The Midwest Quarterly (Vol. 53, Number 3, Spring 2012) 
“Land Map Fire”
“With Contact” 

Permafrost (Vol. 34.2, Spring 2012) 
“The Transfiguration”

After Hours (Issue 24, Winter 2012) 
“After Jean” 

Interrupture (February 2012)
“Genesis Poem” 

Meridian (Issue 28, January 2012) 
“Madison and State” 

Jabberwock Review (Vol. 31.2, Winter 2011) 
“The Birds of Home” 

Louisiana Literature (Vol. 28.2, 2011) 
“Lady of Burma”

Inch (Issue 16, Fall 2011) 
“Wing Note”

Nerve Cowboy (Number 23, Fall 2011) 
“This Morning at the Library” 

The South Carolina Review (Vol. 44, Number 1, Fall 2011) 
“To Ashbery” 

Boston Review (September / October, 2011)

Notre Dame Review (Issue 32, Summer / Fall 2011) 
“Common Era” 

Poet Lore (Vol. 106, Number 3 / 4, 2011) 
“This Morning at the Library” 

After Hours (Issue 23, Summer 2011) 
“Christmas Eve” 

The Progressive (June 2011) 
“The Sun Set” 

Lake Effect (Volume 15, Spring 2011) 
“Foster Avenue” 

Wisconsin Review (Vol. 15, Issue 1, Spring 2011)

Zone 3 (Spring 2011) 
“Young and Alive” 

Spoon River Poetry Review (Issue 36.1, Spring 2011) 

Salamander (Vol. 16, Number 2, 2011)
“Hidden Love” 

New Madrid (Winter 2011) 
“The Sky Holds Darkness” 

Euphony (January 2011)

First Things (December 2010) 
“Oil in the Gulf, 2010” 

The Chaffin Journal (2010) 
“Enigmatic Terrain” 

Sugar House Review (Number 3, Fall / Winter 2010) 
“On the Lack of Sirens Heard”

Redivider (Issue 8.1, Fall 2010)
“St. Thomas” 

Polaris (Vol.54, Fall 2010)
“On the Wooden Nature of Clay Birds” 

The Christian Century (November 2, 2010)
“Bagatelle Sans Tonalité” 

The Benefactor (Summer / Fall 2010) 
“The Bird and The Feather” 

After Hours (Issue 20-21, Summer 2010) 
“In Requiem” 

Harpur Palate (Vol. 10.1, Summer 2010) 
“corpus christi” 

Chicago Quarterly Review (Vol.13, 2010) 
“Monk’s Thought” 

The Christian Century (June 29, 2010)
“The Year of the Cicada”

The South Carolina Review (Vol. 42, Number 2, Spring 2010) 
“I Waited for You in the Rain” 

Rhino (2010) 
“The Mauve Soap in the White Dish” 

Nano Fiction (Vol. 2, Number 2, 2009) 

North Central Review (Spring 2009) 
“Albany Park” 

Whistling Shade (Winter 2008)
“Fall Obscenities” 

Coe Review (Vol. 39, Number 1, Fall 2008)
“Oh Captain” 


Instructor, VIPKid, September 2019 - Present

Private Tutor, June 2017 - September 2019

Independent Research and Translation for “LEMMA,” November 2016 – June 2017

Department Assistant, Department of Art History, Northwestern University, May 2012 – November 2016

Administrative Assistant, The Mansion High School, October 2010 – May 2012

Writing Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Northwestern University,
“100 Years of Poetry in 60 Minutes,” November 6, 2010

Guest Writing Instructor, Every Nation Academy Annual Teaching Conference, “Teaching Creative Writing,”
“Modern and Contemporary American Poetry,” “Poetry in Translation,” Sierra Leone, June 2010

Writing Instructor, Elmhurst College Life Skills Academy, “Technical Writing”
and “Elements of Creative Writing,” September 2009 – June 2010

Independent Writing Tutor in conjunction with Elmhurst College, September 2009 – June 2010

Independent Poet, Essayist, Reviewer, 2008 – present

Independent Music Instructor (guitar, bass, piano) January 2002 – May 2005


Reading with Maggie Smith (July 9, 2015)
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60601

Reading with Nate Klug (June 19, 2015)
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Reading with Anthony Madrid (April 23, 2015)
City Lit Books, 2523 N Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647

Reading with Simone Muench (April 13, 2015)
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Punctum Author Event: Anthony Opal and Snežana Žabić (February 27, 2015)
Sector 2337 Bookstore and Gallery, 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

Northwestern University Graduate Reading Series (July 13, 2014)
City Lit Books, 2523 N Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647

The Drama of Leisure: Gallery talk with Sofia Leiby (January 18, 2014)
Devening Projects + Editions, 3039 W Carroll, Chicago, IL 60612

Every Nation Academy Annual Teacher’s Conference (June 1–15, 2010) 
Every Nation Academy, Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa

“ACTION, trailer” 

Bad at Sports, Edition #22 (January 21, 2014)
“The Weekly Debuts with Hilarious Email Chain”

Newcity (July 2013)
“Journal-Isms: A Bright Future for The Economy” 

The Conversant (June 2013)
Anthony Opal Interviewed by Luke A. Fidler

Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog (March 2013)
Reading List: March 2013

TriQuarterly (February 2012)
Brooklyn Copeland Interviewed by Anthony Opal

Sharkforum (July 2011)
Review of Christian Wiman’s Every Riven Thing

TriQuarterly (June 2011)
Nate Klug Interviewed by Anthony Opal

Sharkforum / Jet Fuel Review (2011 – 2013)
Interview with Brian Barker
Interview with Hadara Bar-Nadav
Interview with Nikky Finney
Interview with Rebecca Hazelton
Interview with Dean Rader 
Interview with Nomi Stone


Modern Language Association 


English, Ancient Greek