Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Attendance probable

John Giorno
May 13, 2009
8:00 pm
Poetry Project

John Giorno was born in New York and graduated from Columbia University in 1958. Four years later, he met Andy Warhol, who became an important influence for Giorno’s developments on poetry, performance and recordings. He was the “star” of Warhol’s film Sleep. He has collaborated with William Burroughs, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Mapplethorpe. In the decade of the 2000s he has collaborated with Rirkirt Tirvanija, Pierre Huyge, Elizabeth Peyton and Ugo Rondinone, who is his partner. He is the author of ten books, including You Got to Burn to Shine, Cancer in my Left Ball, Grasping at Emptiness, Suicide Sutra, and has produced 59 LPs, CDs, tapes cassettes, videopaks and DVDs for Giorno Poetry Systems. He founded the AIDS Treatment Project and is an important force in the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.


  1. Should be an awesome reading. It might get pretty gay lol. Wonder why his bio doesn't mention founding "Dial-a-Poem." Hope he didn't lose that claim. His poetry's sort of in that performance art zone...once you hear him read, you realize the poems on the page sort of give a latitude to the musicians who will perform Mac Low notes or something. Is it just me or did alcohol magically appear in your photo over at the right. I love that shade of blue. Well, both shades of blue. The shirt with the indigo shadows and the drink is a lovely shade of blue death.

    Shark maw Robert Kelly poem blue.

  2. alcoholic kitty? i don't know. i do like that picture though. but i feel like narcissus from gazing into it all the time.

    great season for readings at the project. i just got back from an all-star tribute for kenward elmslie's 80th b-day.