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Author: Kenward Elmslie

Poet, librettist, novelist, editor, and performance artist Kenward Elmslie was born in New York City in 1929. Elmslie became a central figure in the New York School and, as the editor of Z magazine and Z Press books, promoted the work of fellow poets John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, Joe Brainard, Edwin Denby, Joanne Kyger, James Schuyler, Anne Waldman, and numerous others. Among his many poetry collections are Pavilions, Girl Machine, Motor Disturbance (winner of the Frank O'Hara Award), Tropicalism, and Routine Disruptions: Selected Poems & Lyrics. Elmslie is also the author of six opera librettos, including Lizzie Borden, as well as the musical plays Lola, The Grass Harp (based on the work by TrumanCapote), Palais Bimbo, and POSTCARDS ON PARADE. Elmslie's honors include a grant from the Ford Foundation, the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in New York City and Calais, Vermont, in a home he shared with his longtime partner and artistic collaborator, Joe Brainard.

Agenda Melt
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Agenda Melt

Zephyr Press

Poetry. A capacious tent of splendor in a gender veldt, AGENDA MELT, Elmslie's third book with visuals by Trevor Winkfield, juxtaposes new poems and theatre lyrics culled from his musicals: The Grass Harp, cult classic, and three works-in-progress—L...

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The Champ
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The Champ

The Figures

Poetry. Art. Drawings by Joe Brainard. "A lexical romp with an illustrative counterpoint—'an annex of joys and compact tours'—THE CHAMP is several long poems, no matter how you reread it. As ever, Kenward Elmslie's mucho mouthfuls make music meaning...

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The Orchid Stories
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The Orchid Stories

The Song Cave

Fiction. LGBT Studies. Like the orchids that provide their leitmotif, these interwoven stories by Kenward Elmslie are exquisite, exotic, and oneiric, as if they had been written in another world. Although each of THE ORCHID STORIES stands alone, the...

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Postcards on Parade
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Postcards on Parade

Bamberger Books

Drama. POSTCARDS ON PARADE explores the glorious traditions of the American musical, gives them a spin, and injects them with surreal pizazz and linguistic highs in this concept musical for the 1990s.Three gatherings of dealers and collectors of old...

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