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Skyscraper (delux)

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K.C. Clarke

K.C. Clarke

The soundscape in Skyscraper (delux) includes sounds from the el (elevated train), people and traffic at the corner of Madison Street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago's loop and an exaust fan from the underground parking garage at Millennium Park, Chicago.

reVerse track "Skyscraper (delux)" by KC Clarke was featured on Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, following a story about railroads and skyscrapers. Listen to Skyscraper (delux), listen to the Railroads and Skyscraper feature.

From 2000 to 2005, Clarke served as Executive Director of The Poetry Center of Chicago, raising $1.4 million dollars toward the organization's programs. The Poetry Center was established in 1973 by Paul Carroll and presents Chicago's longest running and most prestegious monthly poetry series, and operates Hands on Stanzas, a poets-in-the-schools program that has changed the lives of thousands of inner city students.

Clarke has produced two other spoken word CD's: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Live at The Poetry Center which is describe on Ferlingehtti's website ( "an amazing collection" and Luciano Erba With Mark Strand: Far Beyond the Frozen Seas which includes poems written and read in Italian by Luciano Erba, and translated and read in English by Mark Strand.

In 2003, Clarke was awarded Columbia College Chicago's Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award for outstanding not-for-profit management. In 2004, he was appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to the Advisory Board of the Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2004, New City Chicago placed Clarke at #13 in their annual Lit50 list, for producing readings by Billy Corgan and Lucinda and Miller Williams. In 2005, he was place at #23 for securing The Poetry Center's archive at The University of Chicago Library. The University of Chicago also purchased a complete set of The Poetry Center's broadside collection. Clarke was the curator of The Poetry Center's broadsides from 2001-2005. Clarke also currated the Poetry Center and Lightology Poetry Billboard Series at the corner of Chicago and Wells in Chicago, featuring short (but very large) poems by Mark Strand, Li-Young Lee and Lisel Mueller.



k.c. clarke

richard fammeree

lawrence ferlinghetti

kent foreman

sherrille lamb

li-young lee


simone muench

alexi murdoch

elise paschen

lou reed

cin salach

mark strand

marvin tate