Christopher Shillock was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1940. He grew up in South America and Europe where his parents served in the US Foreign Service. Christopher has a BA in Spanish from Haverford College and an MA in Philosophy from C.U.N.Y. In 1972 he moved to the Twin Cities for graduate work in Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.
During the 1980’s he was active in various Communist and Anarchist causes where an unerring instinct lead him to the losing side of every factional dispute. He has since adopted the working hypothesis that the creative life is itself a radical act in a world dedicated to exploitation and ignorance.
Christopher writes in English, Spanish and French and has translated poetry from those languages as well as Latin, Greek, Coptic and Guarani. He has performed in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and in 2012, at the Trianon Theater in Paris by invitation of jazz singer Mina Agossi .
With the help of talented friends in the Twin Cities arts community, he has been able to produce his work in various media: a stage show, a web-tv show and a poetry/video book created with his son Ian. For his latest work he joined singer Tabatha Predovich and their band to produce and perform Invisible Jazz, a book/cd published by Musical Comedy Editions.
In 2003 Christopher received a Verve grant from SASE and the Jerome Foundation. His works are available at Mayday Books in Minneapolis' West Bank, Amazon.com or CDBaby. Christopher lives in a small room near downtown Minneapolis surrounded by his books and artworks. He has three sons, three grandchildren and one great grandson.
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Some families have skeletons in their closet. My family goes one better.
Tim & Stephanie Mitchell
Tim Mitchell's music
Ian Shillock's band
Back row: (l. to r.) Earle Barber, Jeanne de Ward, Tim Mitchel, Mara Mitchell, Erica Shillock, Ian Shillock, Christopher Shillock.
Front row: Stephanie Mitchell, Justin Shillock, Anne Calvet Shillock, Bret Shillock.
2011 Scott Pollock Photography
Lennon Eliot English
Lennon Eliot English