KEARNEY - Anne Waldman, an internationally recognized poet and performer, will open the University of Nebraska at Kearney Reynolds Series Wednesday.
An active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community for more than four decades, Waldman will read from her works at 7 p.m. in the UNK Experimental Theatre. The theater is on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
An autograph session and reception will be after the reading. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Waldman is the co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colo.
She is the author of more than 40 books of poetry, including "Kill or Cure," "Marriage: A Sentence" and "Fast Speaking Woman."
Waldman, a student of Buddhism, a feminist and an ambassador for the oral revival of poetry, has appeared on stages around the world, including in Berlin; Beijing; Rome; Quebec; Luxembourg; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; London; Caracas, Venezuela; and Mumbai, India.
In addition, she helped organize poetry programs in Austria and Indonesia. Her most recent book, "Manatee/Humanity," was released by Penguin Poets earlier this year.
She has worked extensively with her son, musician and composer Ambrose Bye, for whom "First Baby Poems" was written 27 years ago.
Waldman has received numerous awards and honors for her poetry, including the Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, Poets Foundation Award, National Literary Anthology Award and Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, among others. She is a two-time winner of the International Poetry Championship Bout in Taos, N.M.
After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Bennington College in 1966, she ran the St. Mark's Poetry Project through 1978, reading with poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso.
After leaving St. Mark's, she and Ginsberg founded the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa, where she is the director of the master of fine arts writing and poetics program at Naropa. She divides her time between Boulder, Colo., and Greenwich Village in New York City.