“Writing can be beautiful, witty, and entertaining but it’s a serious commitment.” American poet Anne Waldman shares her advice to aspiring writers.
In the video, Waldman explains how essential reading is to the act of writing: “Don’t read for the fashion,” she says and continues: “Pick somebody that you’re drawn to and read all of their work.” Regarding the writing process, Waldman also adds: “It’s a sacred act. Have some value for it.”
Anne Waldman (b. 1945) is an American poet. She has published more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics including ‘Fast Speaking Woman’ (1975), the multi-volume ‘Iovis’ project (1992, 1993, 1997), ‘Marriage: A Sentence’ (2000), ‘Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet to Be Born (2016), and ‘Trickster Feminism’ (2018). Waldman’s poetry mixes different literary forms as well as dance and music, draws on the myths and religions of both West and East, on popular culture, feminist thinking, and shamanism. She is an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades. Waldman is also connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School. Honours include grants from the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. For more see: https://www.annewaldman.org/
Anne Waldman was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in August 2019 in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival in Humlebæk, Denmark.
Camera: Anders Lindved
Produced and edited by Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2021
Supported by Nordea-fonden and Den A.P. Møllerske Fond
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