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-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V


Anne Waldman

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Anne Waldman is an internationally known poet, performer, professor, editor, with strong personal links to the New York School, the Beat Literary Movement, and the experimental strands of the New American Poetry.

She has also extended performance to new dimensions with her “modal structures” as in the celebrated “Pieces of An Hour” (for John Cage).

Anne Waldman is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, a program she co-founded with poet Allen Ginsberg in 1974.

She is the author of over 30 books including, most recently, Vow To Poetry: Essays, Interviews & Manifestos, (Coffee House Press, 2001) Marriage: A Sentence (Penguin Poets, 2000) the 20 20th th anniversary edition of Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights Books), Iovis: All Is Full of Jove: Books I & II (Coffee House Press), Kill or Cure (Penguin Poets). She is also the editor of The Beat Book (Shambhala Publications), and co-editor of Disembodied Poetics: Annals of The Jack Kerouac School (University of New

Mexico Press). She was an Assistant Director (1966-1968)and the Director of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project (1968-1978) and edited The World Anthology, Another World and Out of This World World, compendiums of writing from The Poetry , Project which included writings by three generations of cutting edge, and culturally active poets and writers.

She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and is a winner of The Shelley Memorial Award for poetry. She has recently released a CD of her poetry and songs co-produced with Steven Taylor entitled “Alchemical Elegy: Selected Songs & Writings” and co- coedited with Lewis Warsh edited The Angel Hair Anthology (Granary Books, 2001), an anthology of work from Angel Hair Magazine and Books, an alternative press of the 60s and 70s.

Waldman has collaborated and performed with jazz musician Steve Lacy, collaborated with composer and musician Steven Taylor, musician Mark Miller, dancers Barbara Dilley, Douglas Dunn, Lisa Kraut, and has worked collaboratively with artists Joe Brainard, George Schneeman, Red Grooms, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Tuttle and Elizabeth Murray, among others. She has been the Director of the Naropa Abroad Program to Bali, Indonesia and makes regular visits to that part of the world. She is a two-time winner of the International Poetry Championship Bout in Taos, New Mexico. She traveled with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder revue in the 1970s, and recently performed at Town Hall in New York City in a Tribute for Bob Dylan’s 60 60th th birthday. She is a 2002 recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts.


2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society