Jerome Rothenberg  

 L. Glazier
Jerome Rothenberg is the author of over fifty books of poetry, most recently The Lorca Variations (all from New Directions). He has edited five major assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry. He has also been involved, since the late 1950s, with various aspects of poetry performance, including two radio soundplays written and performed for Westdeuttscher Rundfunk (Cologne), the last of which ("That Dada Strain" / "Der Dada Ton") was staged in 1985 and 1987 in collaboration with bassist Bertram Turetzky and director Luke Theodore Morrison in California and New York. A theatrical version of his book, Poland/1931, by Hanon Reznikov and the Living Theater, appeared on the NewYork stage in April 1988, and a version of Khurbn (in collaboration with composer Charlie Morrow and Japanese novelist Makoto Oda) was produced by the Bread & Puppet Theater in 1995. Rothenberg was the editor/publisher of Hawk's Well Press in the early 1960s and of four poetry magazines since then: Poems from the Floating World, some/thing (with David Antin), Alcheringa: Ethnopoetics ("a first magazine of the world's tribal poetries"), and New Wilderness Letter (a magazine of poetics across the spectrum of the arts). In 1968 he received a Wenner-Gren Foundation grant-in-aid for the experimental translation of American Indian poetry, and he has also been an active translator from German, with works including New Young German Poets (City Lights, 1959), the Broadway version of Rolf Hochhuth's play "The Deputy" (1964), and books of poetry by Eugen Gomringer and by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. His own selected poetry, Poems for the Game of Silence, has appeared in French, Swedish and Flemish editions, and he has been translated extensively into Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Serbian, Polish, and Finnish. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974 and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1976, was a University of California Regents Professor in 1971 and a Visiting Research Professor with the Center for Twentieth-Century Studies (University of Wisconsin-- Milwaukee), where he helped to organize "the first international symposium on ethnopoetics" in 1975. From 1972 to 1974 he lived at the Allegany Seneca Reservation in western New York State, and from 1976 to 1986 he taught extensively with the Visual Arts and Literature Departments at the University of California, San Diego. During that time he also held other visiting professorships, including the Distinguished Aerol Arnold Chair in Literature at the University of Southern California, and in 1986 he was appointed as the visiting New York State Writer in Residence of the New York State Writers Institute in Albany. From 1986 to 1988 he had a tenured appointment with the State University of New York in Binghamton. Jerome Rothenberg's first collection of writings on poetics, Pre-Faces (New Directions, 1982), received the American Book Award in 1982. Symposium of the Whole, an anthology of writings on ethnopoetics co- edited with Diane Rothenberg, was published by the University of California Press in 1983, and revised editions of Technicians of the Sacred and Shaking the Pumpkin appeared in 1985 and 1986. A condensed version of A Big Jewish Book (entitled Exiled in the Word) was published recently by Copper Canyon Press, and his full translation of Federico Garc’a Lorca's previously untranslated Suites was published as part of Lorca's Collected Poems by Farrar Straus Giroux. PPPPPP (Poems Performance Pieces Proses Plays Poetics), a selection of the poetry and poetics of Kurt Schwitters, co-edited and translated with Pierre Joris, appeared in 1993 from Temple University Press, along with two recent collections of poetry, The Lorca Variations from New Directions and Gematria in early 1994 from Sun & Moon Press. He is also translating the Czech modernist poet Vitezslav Nezval and is working with Joris on a two-volume global anthology of twentieth-century experimental poetry, Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry, the first volume of which appeared in late 1995, with the second volume scheduled for 1997. In 1994 Rothenberg was the winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for The Lorca Variations and the PEN Center USA West Translation Award for PPPPPP. A second Josephine Miles Award was given in 1996 for Poems for the Millennium. Two new gatherings of poems, An Oracle for Delfi and Pictures of the Crucifixion were recently published by Membrane Press / Light & Dust Books and by Granary Books respectively, and a longer collection, Seedings & Other Poems, is scheduled from New Directions in 1996. He is now a professor of Visual Arts and Literature with the University of California at San Diego.

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