Anne Waldman, 11th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Anne Waldman

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre, Newport News Room, Webb Center

Author/Artist Bio

Anne Waldman is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights Books, 1978) and, most recently, Skin Meat Bones (Coffee House Press, 1985) and Blue Mosque (United Artists, 1987). Of her work it has been said, "she moves through language with a simplicity and grace and respect that give her poems power, not only in the way they are written, but in what they have to say." She is perhaps best known for hundreds of performances in which her poems have been accompanied by musicians or dancers. Critics have raved: "Make no mistake. A Waldman appearance is a performance with a capital 'P'." She has read or performed her poetry in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Venice, Bhopal, London, Glasgow, Cambridge, Vancouver, and Toronto, in addition to most of the major cities in this country. She has also read on television, film, video, and radio. She is a winner of the Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, the Poets Foundation Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. The influence of "Beat" poetry on her work helped lead her to become cofounder and Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the MFA program in creative writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.


Anne Waldman performed her poetry at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, in the University Theatre; her performance also featured dancer Helen Pelton.

Waldman also gave a talk on "Performance Poetry" at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, in the Newport News Room of the Webb Center.


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