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Poets Live – Alice Notley

Poets Live – Alice Notley

Join Poets Live this week as the host one of the most prominent living American poets: Alice Notley.

Professional Status and Brief Biography

I’m the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose. I’ve been a full-time poet since 1970, supporting myself by poetry-connected activity: readings, publication, part-time teaching of creative writing, grants, awards, etc. I am associated by friendships and sometimes by style with the second-generation New York School poets. I have been married twice, to the American poet Ted Berrigan and to the British poet Douglas Oliver (I have been widowed twice), and I have two sons, Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, who are both poets. At this point I consider myself to be an internationalist and certainly of my own poetry school. I tend to write book-length or epic poems and am very prolific. As far as I’m concerned my books are the embodiment of everything I am and think, they are my accomplishment and identity. I am a poet and little else.

Her poetry collections, published over the last 2 decades, include:

Songs and Stories of the Ghouls

Culture of One

Reason and Other Women

In the Pines

Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005

Alma, or The Dead Women


Mysteries of Small Houses

The Descent of Alette


Next Poets Live reading will be January 13, 2015.

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