The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
Anne Waldman is a prolific poet and performer, creating radical hybrid forms for the long poem, both serial and narrative, as with Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, Manatee/Humanity, and Gossamurmur (Penguin Poets). She is the author of the magnum opus, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, a feminist cultural intervention taking on war and patriarchy, which won the PEN Center 2012 Award for Poetry. She has been deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly for her ethos as a poetic investigator and cultural activist and has been at the forefront for decades in creating poetic communities. She was a founder of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery and The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg and Diane di Prima. She continues to work at Naropa as a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of its Summer Writing Program. She is the editor of The Beat Book and co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, Beats At Naropa, and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics. Her latest book is Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born (Coffee House Press, 2016). She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Celebrated as a remarkable performer with a unique vocal range including techniques of Sprechstimme and her own model structures, she performs on stages all over the world.