Anne Waldman

Poet, performer, professor, editor, and cultural activist, Anne Waldman is the author of over 40 books of poetry, including the recent book-length hybrid narrative poem Manatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets, 2009), and the Iovis Trilogy, Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, her 1000 page epic (Coffee House Press, 2011). She is also the editor and co-editor of numerous anthologies, including Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, and Beats at Naropa (2009) (both Coffee House Press). Her books include Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights), and now in multiple language editions, First Baby Poems, Marriage: A Sentence, and In The Room of Never Grieve. Her 800-page epic Iovis will be published by Coffee House Press in 2011. She is the co-founder (with Allen Ginsberg) of the renowned Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she is Chair and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing Program. She is the recipient of grants for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, and has been awarded the Shelley Memorial Prize. She has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Center in Bellagio, the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, and a fellow of the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, and she was the resident poet at the Women's Christian University in Tokyo. She has been one of the prime movers and creators of the "Outrider" experimental poetry community for over four decades. She has recently been appointed a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Currently, she works collaboratively with her son Ambrose Bye, a composer and musician. Their CDs include Eye of the Falcon, Matching Half (with Akilah Oliver), and The Milk of Universal Kindness. Her play Red Noir was directed by the legendary Judith Malina and produced by the Living Theatre, running for over two months in New York City (2009/2010). She is also the co-writer of the script Entanglement (2009), with her husband, Ed Bowes.

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