This audio was recorded at Dia:Chelsea on February 26, 2012 as part of Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry series. Anne Waldman and Lee Ann Brown read that evening.
Anne Waldman was born in Millville, New Jersey, in 1945. Recently deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly, Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor, and cultural activist. From 1966 until 1978, Waldman ran the St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York, and in 1974, together with Allen Ginsberg, co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of more than 40 books and has concentrated on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble, Manatee/Humanity (all published by Penguin Poets) and the anti-war feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011). Her numerous anthologies include Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, and the co-edited collections Civil Disobediences, The Angel Hair Anthology, and Beats at Naropa. She has recently collaborated with artist Pat Steir on CRY STALL GAZE, which will be published by Brodsky Center, Rutgers University in 2012. Her CD The Milk of Universal Kindness, with music by Ambrose Bye, was released in 2011. Waldman is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has recently been appointed a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Waldman is the Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired university on the North American continent, and divides her time between Boulder and New York City.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ha-Yang Kim is a composer, cellist, and improviser whose musical life draws from a range of western classical music, American experimentalism, rock, electronic, noise, avant-improv, to non-western musical sources. Her music has been performed/toured in the US, Russia,Turkey, Morocco, Cuba, Bali, Canada, Europe, and Asia. She's performed Balinese gamelan music, studied Karnatic music, and has worked with Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Christian Wolff, Lee Hyla, Kronos Quartet, Gavin Bryars, Evan Ziporyn, Gamelan GalakTika, poet Anne Waldman, The National, Louis Andriessen, Alvin Lucier, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Elliott Sharp, Larry Polansky, ICE, Annie Gosfield, Hahn Rowe, Flux Quartet and Stefan Poetzsch, in addition to collaborations in dance, theatre, film and multi-media. Ama, a CD of her own compositions is released on Tzadik. She's recorded for ECM, New World, Cold Blue, Beggars Banquet, New Albion, Brassland, Karnatic Lab and Bridge Records. Ms. Kim was Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room, and at numerous universities and colleges in the US and Europe. Currently, she is preparing releases of her music for several labels, continuing close collaborations with vocalist Philippe Lambert and poet Anne Waldman, and in Fall '12, JACK Quartet will perform/record her epic 40 minute work, Threadsuns. She also makes work in video, collage and mixed assemblage.
To hear Vincent Katz's introduction to Anne Waldman, please click here.