Allen Ginsberg

ALLEN GINSBERG (1926–1997) overcame censorship with his signal poem Howl, now one of the most widely read poems of the century. Crowned Prague May King in 1965, then expelled by Czech police and simultaneously placed on the FBI's Dangerous Security List, Ginsberg traveled to and taught in the People's Republic of China, the Soviet Union, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe, where he received Yugoslavia's Struga Poetry Festival "Golden Wreath" 1986. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. Now Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College. He was winner of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award given by the University of Chicago in 1991 and in 1993 received France's "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres." January 20 1994 Carnegie Hall premiere Kronos Quartet poetry music performance of Howl. He died of liver cancer, April 5, 1997, in his home in New York City. Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996, ed. by David Carter, HarperCollins, 2001;Poems for the Nation: A Collection of Contemporary Poems,ed. Allen Ginsberg, Open Media Pamphlet Series, Seven Stories Press, 2000; Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995, ed. by Bill Morgan, HarperCollins, 1995,Illuminated Poems illustrated by Eric Drooker,1996, Four Walls Eight Windows; Selected Poems 1947-1995, HarperCollins; Journals Mid-Fifties 1954-1958,HarperCollins, edited by Gordon Ball, 1995; Howl Annotated, Harper Perrenial, 1995; Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992 HarperCollins, 1994; White Shroud Poems 1980-1985, Harper & Row, 1985; Collected Poems 1947-1980, Harper & Row, 1984. Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems and Songs 1949-1999 four CD box set (Rhino) 1994; Photography Books: Snapshot Poetics, Chronicle Books, 1993;Allen Ginsberg Photography, Twelve Trees Press, 1991.