Diane DiPrima

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Diane di Prima (1934- ) is a poet, writer, publisher and playwright whose work has been associated with the Beat movement. Born and raised in New York City, she associated with poets such as Amiri Baraka, Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara, co-editing The…


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Diane di Prima (1934- ) is a poet, writer, publisher and playwright whose work has been associated with the Beat movement. Born and raised in New York City, she associated with poets such as Amiri Baraka, Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara, co-editing The Floating Bear magazine with Baraka in the 60s and cofounding the Poets Press and the New York Poets Theatre. Both her sense of anarchic limitlessness and her zeal for collaboration guided her work. After leaving the City to live at a commune upstate, she moved West in 1968, living in various California locales and teaching at the Naropa Institute in Colorado for more than 20 years. Her latest book, a collection of poems titled The Poetry Deal, was published in 2014.

In 2002, Sophie Constantinou interviewed di Prima about the collaboration and creative vitality she both experienced and contributed to in New York. These moments were captured as part a series of short films catalyzed by Elmslie. His vision was to illustrate the artistic spirit of and collaborations among American writers, poets and artists from the late 50s to today.

 

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