Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Anne Waldman and Akilah Oliver

Hosted by Greg Purcell

Thursday, February 5, 2009

7:30pm - 10:30pm

Solas Bar

232 E. Ninth Street

New York, NY

The St. Mark's Bookshop Reading Series at Solas (that's our favorite bar around the corner) features the same eclectic mix you'll find in the bookshop's stacks. You'll see some of the best poetry, fiction and contemporary thought the East Village has to offer, two Thursdays a month. All readings begin at 7:30 PM, sharp.

Anne Waldman was born in Millville, New Jersey, but only lived in New Jersey very briefly. She was raised on MacDougal Street in New York City's Greenwich Village, and received her B.A. from Bennington College in 1966. During the 1960s, Waldman became part of the East Coast poetry scene, in part through her engagement with the poets and artists loosely termed the Second Generation of the New York School. During this time, Waldman also made many connections with earlier generations of poets, including figures such as Allen Ginsberg, who once called Waldman his "spiritual wife." From 1966-1968 she served as Assistant Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's, and from 1968-1978 she served as the Project's Director.

In the early 1960s, Waldman became a student of Buddhism. In the 1970s, along with Allen Ginsberg, she began to study with the Tibetan Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In 1974, with Trungpa, Ginsberg, and others, Waldman founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado (now Naropa University), where she remains a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and the Director of Naropa's famous Summer Writing Program.

Waldman has published more than forty books of poetry (see bibliography below). Her work has been widely anthologized, and her poems have been translated into French, Italian, German, Turkish, Spanish and Chinese. Waldman is also the editor of several volumes relating to modern, postmodern, and contemporary poetry. Over the course of her career, Waldman has also been a tireless collaborator, producing works with artists Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle, George Schneeman, Donna Dennis, Pat Steir; musicians Don Cherry and Steve Lacy; dancer Douglas Dunn; filmmaker Ed Bowes; and her son, musician/composer Ambrose Bye.

Performing with Anne on Sax- Roy Nathanson

Akilah Oliver book of poetry A Toast In The House Of Friends is forthcoming this February from Coffee House Press. She is the author of the she said dialogues, recipient of the PEN Beyond Margins Award. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has served as artist-in-residence at Beyond Baroque, curated the Poetry Project's Monday Night Reading Series, and taught at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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