Anselm Berrigan is the author of five books of poetry: Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009), Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006), Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002), and Integrity and Dramatic Life (Edge, 1999). He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011). A member of the subpress publishing collective, he has published Selected Poems of Steve Carey (2009) and Your Ancient See Through by Hoa Nguyen (2002). From 2003-2007 he was Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where he also hosted the Wednesday Night Reading Series for four years. He is Co-Chair, Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and also currently teaches writing at Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College. He was a New York State Foundation for the Arts fellow in Poetry for 2007, and has received two grants from the Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York City.
For Brooklyn poet Anselm Berrigan, the political arrives in pieces, settling across his sprawling poems like dew or debris. Berrigan has always matched his experimental drive with a personable quality...
—Michael Brodeur, Boston Globe
Anselm Berrigan's voice continues be one of the most refreshing in contemporary American poetry, for its singular welding of candor, political awareness, and humor that attempts, with a very high rate of success, to co-opt the commercial and political jargon of our times to return it to higher purposes...
—Virginia Konchan, Galatea Resurrects
Anselm Berrigan's free radical poetry chops your hands off mid-line, drops the book into your lap, and caresses you with disquiet indie pop allusions and echoes of ubiquitous advertising absurdities as it cheers on that last ill-intentioned pint before the crestfallen exit from the pub on a Monday night while ambitiously and unambiguously telling you it might not be OK, but I wouldn't know anyway.
—Jason Eric Jensen, The Brake Lights
Reviews of books by Anselm Berrigan
Notes from Irrelevance
- “Complementary Noteboke” (on Hyperallergic)
- Poems (in Elective Affiities)
- Poems (in Isola di Rifiuti)
- “[At the Smith and Jones]” (at Poets.org)
- “We're Not Gonna Turn Me In” (on the Leonard Lopate Show)
- Four Poems (in BOMBlog)
- Eight Poems (at The Recluse)
- Berrigan’s blog entries at The Poetry Foundation
Interviews and Discussions
- Fayetteville Flyer, with Matthew Henriksen
- The Poetry Foundation, with Bethlehem Shoals
- Jacket, Noah Eli Gordon and Erik Anderson in conversation about Anselm Berrigan's work
- The Conversant, with Andy Fitch
- Anselm Berrigan's page on PennSound
- Reading for Poeteevee:
- No readings are scheduled at this time.