Anne Waldman in Albany
The New York State Writers Institute Presents
April 30 (Thursday)
Q&A-4:15 PM, Assembly Hall, Campus Center, Uptown Campus
Reading – 7:30 PM [NOTE EARLY START TIME], Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus.
Anne Waldman, pioneering performance artist, political activist, ardent devotee of Tibetan Buddhism, and author of more than forty books of poetry, is often called “the youngest poet of the Beat generation.” Her latest poetry collection is Manatee/Humanity (2009). Forrest Gander of the Poetry Foundation described the title piece as “a cri de coeur for the non-human world.” A major force in the New York poetry scene throughout the 1960s, Waldman cofounded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado with Allen Ginsberg in 1974. Ginsberg often referred to Waldman as his “spiritual wife.” An energetic reader and performer, Waldman is also credited with helping to invent a crazed, exuberant, highly physical style of oratory that attracted the “MTV Generation” back to the art of poetry during the 1980s and 1990s.