The Poetry Project’s Director, Stacy Szymaszek, and Managing Director, Nicole Wallace, interviewed Anne Waldman in the apartment she grew up in, located in the West Village, on January 7, 2012. Anne Waldman, b. April 2, 1945, was The Poetry Project’s second Director (1968-1978) and before that (1966-1968) was the Assistant to Joel Sloman and the Project’s first Artistic Director, Joel Oppenheimer.
Waldman has published more than 40 books of poetry, including the monumental feminist epic, The Iovis Trilogy (Coffee House Press, 2011). She is a poet and teacher, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. She ran The Poetry Project from 1968-1978. Over the course of her career, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist. To learn more, visit her website: annewaldman.org
Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), and hart island (2015). Her book, Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals, won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and will be published in early 2016. She’s the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. Szymaszek has been the Director of the Project since 2007. Before that, she served as the Project’s Program Coordinator (now called Managing Director) from 2005-2007 and curated the Monday Night Reading Series.