Anne Waldman

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.