Anne Waldman  

(1945) – USA

Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist. She is the former Director of the historic Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in New York City, and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing Program. Allen Ginsberg often referred to Waldman as his “spiritual wife.” She is the author of over 40 books of poetry, including the mini-classic Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights), Marriage: A Sentence (Penguin Poets), the book-length hybrid Manatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets, 2009), and the feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House, 2011) which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Other recent books include Gossamurmur (Penguin Poets, 2013), Jaguar Harmonics (Post-Apollo Press, 2014) and the anthology Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House, 2014), co-edited with Laura Wright. Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2016. Waldman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013–14) and a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She has lectured and presented her poetry in Japan, India, China (Wuhan and Beijing), Morocco, France, Belgium, and Canada in recent years. Publishers Weekly has deemed Waldman “a counter cultural giant.”

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