Anne Waldman has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture as writer, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, editor, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist. She is the author of more than 40 books, including the mini-classic Fast Speaking Woman, a collection of essays entitled Vow to Poetry and several selected poems editions. Waldman is a recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has recently been appointed a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She is the Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University.