Anselm Berrigan

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Anselm Berrigan is a poet and teacher born in Chicago, Illinois in 1972. He grew up in New York City where he currently resides with his wife, poet Karen Weiser and a parrot named Pig. He currently is artistic director at the St. Mark's Poetry Project. He is the brother of poet/musician Edmund Berrigan, half brother of Kate Berrigan and scientist David Berrigan, son of poets Alice Notley and the late Ted Berrigan, and stepson of the late English poet and prose writer Douglas Oliver. He has also lived in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA. He is a faculty member of the Bard College summer MFA program, and has also taught writing at Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa.


  • On the Premises, a chapbook published in 1995.
  • They Beat Me Over the Head With a Sack, a chapbook published in 1998.
  • Integrity & Dramatic Life, a full-length collection published in 1999.
  • In the Dream Hole, a chapbook published in 2001.
  • Zero Star Hotel, a full-length collection published in 2002.
  • "Pictures for Private Devotion", a CD (reading poems/no music), released in 2003.
  • Some Notes on My Programming, a full-length collection published in 2006.


  • (2002) in Robert Creeley; et al.: The Best American Poetry 2002. Scribner Poetry. ISBN 0-7432-0386-0. 
  • (2004) in Lyn Hejinian; et al.: The Best American Poetry 2004. Scribner Poetry. ISBN 0-7432-5737-5. 

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