Michael McClure has long been noted for the popularity of his dynamic poetry performances. At the age of 22, he gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. Today, McClure is more active than ever, writing and performing his poetry at festivals, and colleges and clubs across the country.
He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award for Best Play, an NEA grant, the Alfred Jarry Award, and a Rockefeller grant for playwriting. McClure has written twenty plays and musicals, which are performed in the U.S. and abroad. His play The Beard provoked numerous censorship battles, in Los Angeles, the cast was arrested after each performance for fourteen nights in a row. Later, The Beard received two Obies in NYC and was warmly embraced in both London and Paris. The play has played a role in U.S. censorship and free speech battles since 1966 when it won the first lawsuit that tried to ban its performance.
The poet is featured in several films, among them Scorcese’s The Last Waltz, in which his reading of a poem by Chaucer “lilted, rolled, and seduced the audience into the lyric tonality of Middle English” (Atlanta Poetry Review). McClure played a Hells Angel in Norman Mailer’s film Beyond the Law. He does a cameo in Peter Fonda’s Hired Hand.
McClure has made two television documentaries–The Maze and September Blackberries. His fourteen books of poetry include Jaguar Skies, Dark Brown, Huge Dreams, Rebel Lions, Rain Mirror and Plum Stones. He has published eight books of plays and four collections of essays, including essays on Bob Dylan and on environmental issues. His novels are The Mad Cub and The Adept.
McClure’s songs include “Mercedes Benz,” popularized by Janis Joplin and new songs which are being performed by The Twenty-first Century Doors.
His journalism has been featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and the L.A. Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
Michael McClure’s travels include Africa, Mexico, South America, India, Thailand and Japan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area hills with his wife, the sculptor Amy Evans McClure.
from Ghost Tantras from Light and Dust
Baby's In Black from The Experioddi(cyber)cist
Elephant Head: Opener of Doorways from The Experioddi(cyber)cist
Reach In from Experioddi(cyber)cist
For Larry Eigner
Self-Experience of the Other
Founder: Ronald Sukenick
Publisher: Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Editor: Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Managing Editor: Jeffrey A. Sartain
Assistant Editor: Lauren Pirosko
Publisher Emeritus: Charles B. Harris
Associate Editors: Charles Alexander, Mark Amerika, R.M. Berry, Dagoberto Gilb, C. S. Giscombe, Dinda L. Gorlée, Charles Johnson, Cris Mazza, Larry McCaffery, Christina Milletti, Doug Nufer, Kevin Prufer, John Tytell, Barry Wallenstein, Tom Williams, Eric Miles Williamson
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