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Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman (born April 2, 1945) is an American poet. Waldman was born in Millville, New Jersey and grew up on MacDougal Street in New York City. She received her B.A. from Bennington College in 1966. During the 1960s, along with poets, Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg, Waldman became part of the East Coast poetry scene, giving frequent readings at the St. Mark's Church Poetry Project. She ran the project from 1966-1978. She has published more than forty books. Waldman became a Buddhist, practicing with the Tibetan Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who later became Ginsberg's guru.

With Allen Ginsberg, she founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado (Now Naropa University). She is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics at that institution.

Waldman has also been on the guest faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and advisor to the Prazska Skola Projekt in Prague. She was the director of curriculum for the Schule fur Dichtung in Vienna in Fall of 1999 and has taught classes and workshops in literature, creative writing and performance for a number of other projects, universities, schools in the US and abroad.

Anne Waldman and her work are often associated with the group known as the Beat Generation. Along with such poets as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg she became involved with John Giorno's Giorno Poetry Systems.


  • 1 Awards and Grants
  • 2 Guest Appearances
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Awards and Grants

  • The Diana Thomas Memorial Award
  • The Poets Foundation Award
  • The National Literary Anthology Award
  • The Shelley Memorial Award for poetry
  • National Endowment for the Arts - Grant
  • The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts - Grant
  • Two-time winner of the International Poetry Championship Bout in Taos, New Mexico

Guest Appearances

  • The Dial-A-Poem Poets, Giorno Poetry Systems, 1972
  • John Giorno & Anne Waldman, Giorno Poetry Systems, 1977
  • Big Eye, Giorno Poetry Systems, 1978 - Waldman reads Light & Shadow*The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Better An Old Demon Than A New God, Giorno Poetry Systems, 1984 - Waldman reads Uh-Oh Plutonium


  • Fast Speaking Woman: City Lights Publishers; Expanded edition (May, 1996) ISBN 0-87286-316-6
  • Vow to Poetry: Coffee House Press ; 1st edition (August 1, 2001) ISBN 1-56689-112-4
  • In the Room of Never Grieve : New and Selected Poems 1985-2003: Coffee House Press ; Book & CD edition (October 15, 2003) ISBN 1-56689-145-0
  • Beat Book: Shambhala; (March 9, 1999) ISBN 1-57062-427-5
  • Angel Hair Sleeps with a Boy in My Head: The Angel Hair Anthology: Granary Books (June 15, 2001) ISBN 1-887123-49-0
  • Women Of The Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists And Muses At The Heart Of A Revolution: Diane Pub Co (May, 1996) ISBN 0-7567-7988-X
  • Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble: Penguin (Non-Classics) (October 26, 2004) ISBN 0-14-303420-0
  • Radical presence: An interview with Anne Waldman (by Anne Waldman): Elik Press; 1st ed edition (2002) ISBN 1-885887-07-8
  • Civil Disobediences : Poetics and Politics in Action: Coffee House Press (June 15, 2004) ISBN 1-56689-158-2
  • Journals & dreams: Poems: Stonehill (1976) ISBN 0-88373-030-8
  • First Baby Poems: Hyacinth Girls Editions (1983) ASIN: B0006ECK4E
  • Life Notes: Bobbs-Merrill (1973) ISBN 0-672-51778-7
  • Iovis Book II: Coffee House Press (February 15, 1996) ISBN 1-56689-053-5
  • Marriage: A Sentence: Penguin (Non-Classics) (May 1, 2000) ISBN 0-14-058922-8
  • Helping the Dreamer: Coffee House Press (September, 1989) ISBN 0-918273-50-1
  • Nice To See You : Homage to Ted Berrigan: Coffee House Press (April, 1991) ISBN 0-918273-11-0
  • Not a Male Pseudonym: Tender Buttons Books (February, 1990) ISBN 0-927920-01-8
  • Troubairitz: Fifth Planet Press (May, 1993) ISBN 1-880855-01-1
  • Blue Mosque: Poems: Sun & Moon Pr (July, 1989) ISBN 9999265065
  • Fait Accompli: Small Pr Distribution (December, 1992) ISBN 99934-65-07-0
  • Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School (American Poetry): University of New Mexico Press; 1st edition (January, 1995) ISBN 0-8263-1518-6
  • War crime: Elik Press; 1st ed edition (2002) ISBN 1-885887-08-6
  • Out of This World: Farrar Straus & Giroux (April, 1982) ISBN 0-88373-114-2
  • Dark Arcana: Afterimage or Glow: Heaven Bone Press (May 15, 2003) ISBN 1-891930-02-8
  • Giant night: Poems: Corinth Books; [1st ed.] edition (1970) ISBN 0-87091-060-4
  • Skin Meat Bones: Poems: Coffeehouse Pr (December, 1985) ISBN 0-918273-15-3
  • Kill or Cure: Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (August 1, 1994) ISBN 0-14-058708-X
  • Talking Poetics from Naropa Institute: Shambhala (December 12, 1978) ISBN 0-87773-117-9
  • Talking Poetics from Naropa Institute, Vol. 2: Shambhala (April 12, 1979) ISBN 0-394-73691-5
  • The Romance Thing: Bamberger Books; 1st ed edition (January, 1988)
  • Invention Kulchur Foundation (1986) ISBN 0-936538-09-0
  • Contemporary Authors : Biography - Waldman, Anne (Lesley) (1945-) Thomson Gale; ISBN B0007SFYJW
    • Charters, Ann (ed.). The Portable Beat Reader. Penguin Books. New York. 1992. ISBN 0-670-83885-3 (hc); ISBN 0-14-015102-8 (pbk)
  • Home page
  • Jacket issue 27 - largely devoted to essays about Waldman
  • Blue Neon Alley - Anne Waldman Directory
  • Anne Waldman Gallery - Photographs
  • Women of the Beat Biography for Anne Waldman
  • Poet Anne Waldman at William Burroughs Funeral Banquet Photograph, August 6, 1997
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