Jon Corelis is a poet, translator, essayist, songwriter and composer who lives in Northeastern Wisconsin.
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 electronic kindle edition edition.
He has also written a performance version of Euripides’ Hippolytos,with musical interludes, 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.
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