Lewis Warsh

b. 1944
One of the principal members of the second generation of the New York School poets, Lewis Warsh’s long career has spanned the experimental writing movement on both coasts and produced a wealth of poems, novels, commentaries, translations, and art works. Born in the Bronx, New York, Warsh attended the City College of New York, where he earned both his BA and MA in English. Warsh started writing poetry and fiction as a teenager and published his first poems in Wild Dog Magazine in 1965.
 
A year later, Warsh co-founded Angel Hair magazine and books with Anne Waldman. Described by Waldman as “a seed syllable that unlocked various energetic post-modern and post-New American Poetry possibilities,” Angel Hair published the early work of important experimental poets such as Lee Harwood, Joe Brainard, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, and Tom Clark. Warsh later joined a community of writers that formed around The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. These included Ted Berrigan, Padgett, Brainard, George Schneeman, and Bernadette Mayer, who would later become his co-editor for United Artists Magazine and Books.
 
Warsh has since authored over twenty-one books of poetry, including Dreaming as One (1971), Blue Heaven (1978), and Information from the Surface of Venus (1987). In 2001, Julie Harrison and Warsh collaborated on Debtor’s Prison, a book length poem. He is also the author of autobiographies and fiction, including Agnes & Sally (1984) and A Place in the Sun (2010).
 
Warsh’s awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Creative Artists Public Service Foundation, the Fund for Poetry and the Poet’s Foundation. He has also received an Editor’s Fellowship Award from the Coordinating Council on Literary Magazines, and a James Shestack award from the American Poetry Review. In 2005 Warsh was the winner of the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry in English.
 
Warsh currently teaches at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York as an associate professor in the English Department and directs the MFA program in creative writing.

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One of the principal members of the second generation of the New York School poets, Lewis Warsh’s long career has spanned the experimental writing movement on both coasts and produced a wealth of poems, novels, commentaries, translations, and art works. Born in the Bronx, New York, Warsh attended the City College of New York, where he earned both his BA and MA in English. Warsh started writing poetry and fiction as a teenager . . .

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