Anne Waldman Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry

Anne Waldman Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship for PoetryBOULDER, Colo. (April 16, 2013)--Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics are proud to announce that Anne Waldman--distinguished professor of poetics, Summer Writing Program artistic director, and Jack Kerouac School co-founder--has been awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry. Waldman has authored more than forty books of poetry, including recent titles Gossamurmur (Penguin, 2013), The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House, 2011), and Soldateque/Soldiering with Dreams of Wartime (BlazeVOX, 2011).

Referred to as "a counter-cultural giant" by Publisher's Weekly, Anne Waldman has remained active in the "Outrider" experimental poetry community for more than four decades as a writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist. Her energetic, passionate, panoramic, and fierce poetry is recognized in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg, as well as in the Beat, New York School, and Black Mountain trajectories of the New American Poetry.

"The Guggenheim Fellowship is offered to exceptional artists and scholars. Anne Waldman is a most deserving recipient, and Naropa University is honored that Anne has been a core member of our faculty for more than three decades," says Naropa University president Chuck Lief. "Anne's work bridged the creativity of her Beat poet mentors to a fresh and modern expression of poetry and performance. She has influenced two generations of poets who have had the good fortune to learn from her and experience poetic genius."

Waldman's poetry continues to garner awards, including the 2012 PEN Center Literary Award in Poetry, The Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, The National Literary Anthology Award, The Poets Foundation Award, and The Dylan Thomas Memorial Award. In addition, she has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, and has held the Emily Harvey residency in Venice. One reviewer has noted, "Waldman's work is the antithesis of stasis...She is a flame."

Established in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted over $306 million in Fellowships to more than 17,500 individuals. This year marks the eighty-ninth annual Guggenheim competition for the United States and Canada, in which Fellowships were awarded to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment, and this year's successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. "These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best," remarks Foundation president, Edward Hirsch. "Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has always bet everything on the individual, and we're thrilled to continue the tradition with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It's an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do." For more information on the Guggenheim Foundation, or on the Fellows and their projects, please visit

Founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics offers a BA in Writing & Literature and an MFA in Writing & Poetics, as well as the internationally renowned Summer Writing Program. Emphasizing innovative approaches to the literary arts, the Jack Kerouac School's programs problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year, the school invites more than sixty guest writers and artists, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow and the Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer in Innovative Poetics. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop writing projects in conversation with a community of writers. For more information, please visit the Summer Writing Program section of the Naropa website.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.  This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.