Anne Waldman was born in New Jersey and grew up in New York City. She received her BA from Bennington College, ran the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and, with Allen Ginsberg, founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Her poetry books include Coice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet to be Born (2016), Gossamurmur (2013); The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (2011); Manatee/Humanity (2009); Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble (2004); In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems, 1985–2003 (2003); Dark Arcana / Afterimage or Glow (2003), with photographs by Patti Smith; Vow to Poetry (2001); Marriage: A Sentence (2000); Kill or Cure (1994); Iovis: All Is Full of Love (1993); Helping the Dreamer: New and Selected Poems 1966–1988 (1989); Fast Speaking Woman (1974); and Baby Breakdown (1970).
She edited The Beat Book (1996) and The World Anthology: Poems From the St. Mark’s Poetry Project (1969), and coedited Angel Hair Sleeps With A Boy In My Head (2001) and Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School (1993). She co-translated Songs of The Sons & Daughters of Buddha (1996).
Waldman received the American Book Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, the National Literary Anthology Award, the Shelley Memorial Award for poetry, and grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2011.
Currently, Waldman is the director of the MFA Writing and Poetics program at the Naropa Institute. She divides her time between Colorado and New York City.