an internationally recognized and acclaimed poet, she has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community. She is the author of more than 40 books, including the mini – classic Fast Speaking Woman; a collection of essays entitled, Vow to Poetry; and several selected poems editions including, Helping the Dreamer, Kill or Cure, and In the Room of Never Grieve. She has concentrated on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble; Manatee / Humanity which is a book – length rhizomic meditation on evolution and endangered species; and the monumental anti – war feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment. In 1974, she co – founded, with Allen Ginsberg, the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired university in the western hemisphere and is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics at Naropa. She is a recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has recently been appointed a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She divides her time between New York City and Boulder, Colorado.